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Glasgow to host MTV Europe Music Awards in 2014

It is looking like a great year to come for the city of Glasgow for tourism alone according to the staff at Car Hire Glasgow Airport, with the announcement of another major event taking place during 2014.

The 20th MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) will be held in Glasgow next year, with the event being held at the Hydro Arena which opened in October and has a capacity of 13,000. Bruce Gillmer from Viacom International Media Network (VIMN) made the announcement that it would be held in the Scottish city for the first time after Edinburgh held the event in 2003. It follows discussions between MTV, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland.

Mr Gillmer, executive vice president of talent, music programming and events for VIMN, said, “Each year, the MTV EMA is an amazing, multi-platform music experience for our audiences around the world, presented through a dynamic, talent-driven spectacle that only MTV can deliver. As one of the world’s great music cities, Glasgow is always a favourite with artists and the new SSE Hydro will provide the perfect backdrop for the MTV EMA in its 20th anniversary year. We’re thrilled that the eyes of the music world will be on Glasgow next year.”

This year it is being held in Amsterdam on Sunday and will include performances from Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry, Snoop Dog and Kings of Leon.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said, “2014 is going to be an incredible year for Scotland and it is fantastic news that the MTV EMA will be coming to Glasgow. As a signature event on the Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme, we will welcome the world to the EMA and showcase Glasgow and Scotland to nearly 700 million households through MTV’s global network of channels. The awards are a highlight on the global music calendar and next year it is fitting that it should be held in Scotland, the perfect stage for events, in Glasgow’s newest venue, the spectacular SSE Hydro.”

This adds to what will already be a fantastic year in 2014 for Glasgow, who already has the Commonwealth Games in the summer.