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Rita Ora to Host 2017 MTV EMAs

The Kosovo-born singer will emcee the annual music event in her hometown of London on Nov. 12 and also perform.

Rita Ora will host and perform at the 24th annual MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) in London, Viacom and MTV announced Wednesday.

“I’m so excited to be hosting this year’s MTV EMAs in my hometown,” said Ora. “I still remember how much fun my first EMAs was in Frankfurt in 2012, when I performed ‘RIP.’ I can’t wait to get back on the stage to host and perform. Worlds will collide on this global stage come Nov. 12, so get ready.”

“It’s huge,” she told The Hollywood Reporter about bringing the event back to the British capital for the first time since its inaugural edition and hosting it at the city’s Wembley Arena. “To have it at Wembley, such an iconic venue with so much history, it is going to be a great night.”

First held in London in 1996, the MTV EMAs will emanate from the U.K. for the sixth time. Edinburgh (2003), Liverpool (2008), Belfast (2011) and Glasgow (2014) were the other British host cities.

“Rita is a multi-talented star who’s been an MTV core artist for over half of a decade,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “She’s the perfect hometown hero to lead the 2017 MTV EMAs, which promises to be the year’s ultimate global music celebration.”

More performers and presenters for the EMAs will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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