Calvin Harris Cancels MTV EMA Performance

Calvin Harris
Drew Ressler

Calvin Harris

Send your get well cards his way. Calvin Harris will no longer take the stage at the 20th annual MTV European Music Awards, slated to take place Sunday (Nov. 9) in Glasgow, Scotland.

He reportedly fell ill prior to the show. The network has confirmed the news on Facebook. "Hey #MTVEMA fans – we have some really sad news," said a statement on the official page for the show. "Calvin Harris has taken ill and will not be able to perform at tomorrow’s show. He sends his sincere apologies. Get well soon, Calvin!"

Harris is up for two awards at the event: Best Electronic Act and Best UK and Ireland Act award.

Ahead of the big show, Bruce Gillmer, MTV EMA executive producer, spoke to Billboard about the event, which includes Nicki Minaj as the night's host.

"I’m looking forward to Nicki. I think she is going to be an amazing host," he shared. "Her performance is going to be very over the top. And we just announced this morning one of the biggest bands in history – U2, which is a massive coup and promises to be an incredible performance. We’re going to have amazing tribute to Ozzy Osborne, performances by Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande. The list just goes on and on. And we've got some really cool collaborations, just incredible stuff that you’ll only see here. I look at the line-up and I’m excited about every single act. I know that’s something that you would expect to hear form me, but in this case it’s absolutely accurate."

Harris released his album, Motion, on Nov. 4. 

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