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The Razz: STORM FARCE; Stars boycott MTV awards bash hit by hurricane fears.

Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS AND CATH BENNETT

THE MTV Music Awards have been thrown into chaos by the forecast of an impending hurricane. The event in Miami is one of the hottest showbiz bashes of the year, but Sunday's ceremony is heading for a washout with dozens of celebs too frightened to travel.

Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria, Dukes of Hazzard star Jessica Simpson and teen queen Lindsay Lohan are among those who have delayed their trips.

Singer Mariah Carey, who was due to be arriving at the event on a 120ft yacht, has also put her travel plans on hold.

The glitzy awards are usually preceded by a four-day festival of parties and live gigs.

The pre-awards bash officially began on Wednesday afternoon, when Sean 'Diddy' Combs was among the revellers at the opening of Hotel MTV on trendy South Beach.

But yesterday all performances were cancelled as Tropical Storm Katrina gathered strength off the south coast of Florida and headed directly for Miami.

Forecasters predicted that by today, winds could be raging at 75mph, with a potential of 20 inches of rainfall.

Meteorologist Jim Lushine, of the National Weather Service in Miami, said: "We're going to get swamped here."

MTV spokesman Graham James was yesterday unsure how the pre-award festivities would proceed.

He said: "It's all going to depend on the weather, which we are constantly assessing." He added that cancellations will be made onan event-by-event basis.

It is likely that many of the outdoor parties around Hotel MTV's pool will be affected,and may either be cancelled or moved indoors.

The white-carpet arrivals in luxury yachts and plush cars are still planned, and Graham is hopeful that the sold-out awards ceremony on Sunday at the American Airlines Arena in Miami will go ahead.

It's the second year Miami has hosted the annual parade of celebrities, musical performances and wacky antics.

Ricky Martin's party to celebrate the release of his new album Life maybe cancelled

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Date:Aug 26, 2005
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