Britney Spears has pulled out of presenting an award at this week's MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh, due to illness. "Unfortunately, she is not well. We are disappointed she won't be attending, b

Britney Spears has pulled out of presenting an award at this week's MTV Europe Music Awards in Edinburgh, due to illness. "Unfortunately, she is not well. We are disappointed she won't be attending, but we wish her well for a speedy recovery," an MTV spokesperson said.

The MTV Europe Music Awards will be hosted by Christina Aguilera, who is also nominated for four awards. Artists scheduled to perform include Kylie Minogue, Dido, Beyonce and Travis.

Spears was in Europe promoting her upcoming Jive album "Get in the Zone," due Nov. 18. First single "Me Against the Music" featuring Madonna is No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

A Jive spokesperson said the artist had returned to her family home in Louisiana after catching a weekend flight from Paris. Spears has apparently not fully recovered a severe throat infection. "She has not been getting any better. She still has flu. In a couple of days she will be fine. The timing is just off," the spokesperson said.

Despite her illness, Spears figures to be a constant presence in the media leading up to the release of "In the Zone." Up next is her episode of "Behind the Music," which will debut Sunday (Nov. 9) on VH1.


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