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December 20, 2012

World Music Awards sham canceled, uses Sandy Hook tragedy as excuse

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By Jordan Levin and Lesley Abravanel

The mystery of the World Music Awards is solved.

It's been canceled once and for all, say organizers.

The official statement: "For 21 years, the World Music Awards was primarily produced in Monte Carlo. This year the Awards ceremony was scheduled to be at the Marlins Park on Saturday, December 22. Event organizer John Martinotti, along with the team on the ground in Miami, reached a decision yesterday to postpone the event: "We are sorry for any inconvenience but this decision had to be made due to logistical and multiple visa issues and in view of this week's national mourning. Fans have been a great support to the artists and have voted online in huge numbers."

A press release issued on Dec. 13 said the WMAs would raise funds for Superstorm Sandy victims and “be beamed to 180 countries reaching a billion viewers.”

Less than two weeks ago it was announced that the Eurocentric event, usually held in Monaco, would take place on Dec. 20 at Marlins Park. What wasn't announced was the name of a single performer. A vague press release over the weekend announced a date change to the 22nd and touted awards for several big names, including Jennifer Lopez, Earth, Wind & Fire, Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and One Republic (not One Direction as was mistakenly reported in Scene in the Tropics).
The only major act promised to actually perform was Bennett. Not so, said a Rogers and Cowan spokesman for Bennett, saying the famed jazz crooner was never slated to appear. Mark Young, a past World Music Awards producer and publicist for Jennifer Lopez and Earth, Wind & Fire contacted us saying, "Neither Jennifer or EWF are confirmed to participate on the show. Jennifer has a sold out concert in Puerto Rico as the final stop for her Dance Again World Tour on December 22. The show has been sold-out for months.

And a U.S. label publicist for Brazilian star Michel Telo, another act supposedly performing, also said Telo would be a no show.


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Stevie Wonder

Even I saw this coming!!


Stevie Wonder



Frank from Germany

I definitively do not believe in the official statement of wma. Little small Monaco with a populaion of appr. 36´000 people (less people than visitors at marlins Park...) had managed to organize this excellent show for 17 times. First time Miami and ??? But it is as it is and we have to realize the fact that there will be no WMA in 2012. Please keep in mind that I am coming from Germany. This stay here in Miami had been caused by WMA2012 in Miami.I had believed in the promises and abilities of wma to organize a fantastic show. In the end it was a chaos in two acts (20.12 and 22.12) Are there more acts planned to come? I have lost any believe into wma abilities to organize this show and moreover can not wait in the US until spring (summer/autumn/winter 2013???) for final planning. I am more than disappointed from the WMA organisation.

Dylan Chumleigh

Well, its so sad that this Award will not take place anywhere, big disappointment for music lovers!!!

John Martinotti

The World Music Awards new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Since 1989 the World Music Awards has featured some of the biggest Music Stars of All time and the show airs in 180 countries including China at 8pm on CCTV reaching over a billion TV viewers! Its vote is most democratic. The Fans decide who wins by voting their favourite artist on the internet and buying the records!

This event was created in 1989 to showcase the best-selling most popular music artists from every continent to unite the world in harmony and peace and help others. Each year World Music Awards builds a hospital, orphanage or school where it is most needed. The ticket proceeds from the Miami show were going to the construction of a most needed orphanage in Haiti.

While the World Music Awards was primarily in Monaco for many years, we produced a wonderful starstudded show at the Thomas & Mac in Las Vegas in 2004 and at the Kodak Theatre in LA in 2005 with much success and good ratings on ABC network.

In 2012 we wanted to bring the show back to America and we chose Miami because its the most multicultural city and half way to Europe. We were so happy to be in your beautiful city. We wanted to stage the biggest International live Music Awards show in the world and nearly achieved it. It is not true that no artists were booked. We had the most incredible international artists confirmed to perform from every continent. America is a multi cultural country and Americans want to see international artists on TV too! Rihanna, one of the greatest female Artists of all time is from Barbados; U2 one of the greatest Rock Bands of all time are from Ireland; Justin Bieber, the best-selling Pop Male Artist of 2012 and Celine Dion, one of the most beautiful voices of all time are from Canada; Adele, the N°1 best-selling Artist of 2012 and One Direction, the best-selling Group of 2012 are both British; Gotye who has the best-selling world single of the past year is Australian, David Guetta, the most innovative Electronic Dance Music Artist ever is French; Shakira, one of the greatest Pop Female Artists is half Colombian and half Lebanese; PSY who has surpassed one Billion hits of Gangnam style on You Tube is Korean; George Michael, one of the greatest Pop Stars of All Time is Greek, Akon, one of America's favourites is African, the world's favourite Classical artists Andrea Bocelli and André Rieu are from Italy and Holland respectively, The Scorpions, another great Rock Band who helped destroy the Berlin wall are German, Carlos Santana the greatest guitar player of all time is Mexican, Swedish House Mafia, one of the greatest live acts of all time are from Sweden and Julio Iglesias, one of the ten best-selling Artists of All Time is from Spain.

It is easy to destroy in this world today. I am a true Humanitarian and I create. This year's show will be the biggest most international show the world has ever seen and we shall build our beautiful orphanage in Haiti because in the end, helping others is all that counts.


John Martinotti
Founder & Executive Producer
World Music Awards

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