This year, the music industry’s biggest night of celebration will pay tribute to the strength, spirit and resilience of New York City, live from Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center.
That’s right, the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) got the green light from Governor Andrew Cuomo last week, and on Sunday, August 30, the show will go on with some tweaks from the usual format.
“We’re elated to bring the 2020 VMAs back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks.
Spanning all five boroughs, the festivities will bring together music fans worldwide with featured performances from many of the city’s iconic landmarks and locations, as the show is broadcast to nearly 450 million households in more than 180 countries.
Signature awards include “Video of the Year” and the “Video Vanguard Award,” which was given to Missy Elliot in 2019.
For the 2020 VMAs, which will be the first event at Barclays Center since the pandemic hit New York, MTV assures that the safety of artists, fans, staff and partners is of the “utmost importance.”
Though nothing is set in stone yet, a collaboration between show producers, Barclays Center management and local officials has targeted several key principles to ensure safety, including extensive social distancing procedures, “meaningful” capacity limitations, incorporating virtual components whenever possible, and potentially eliminating an audience.
A release from MTV states that details of the precautions to be taken “will come at a later date based on the science and data in New York.’
“We’re very excited to once again host this legendary night of music, and are especially proud of the impact it will have on our Brooklyn community through the creation of local jobs,” Barclays Center and Brooklyn Nets CEO Oliver Weisberg said in a statement.
“We deeply appreciate the support and advice of state and local government officials, as well as our internal management and team of medical experts, all of whom have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved,” he added.