MTV’s annual Video Music Awards (VMA’s) are coming back to New York this year, and for the first time in the show’s 30-year history, it will take place in Brooklyn … at the Barclays Center.
“Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now, it can lay claim to the MTV ‘Video Music Awards,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our City have to offer.”
“From a vibrant musical scene for up-and-coming artists to epic concerts by today’s biggest stars and the triumphant return of pro sports to the borough after nearly 60 years, Brooklyn has re-emerged as a cultural capitol where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” added Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “We can’t wait to help write the next chapter on August 25th, when one of the biggest nights in music happens in Brooklyn… for the very first time.”
MTV revealed the award show’s move from Los Angeles to New York via Twitter (@MTV) and Instagram through photos showing images of the VMA’s Moonman award in front of the Barclays Center.
This will be the first time the VMA’s have been held in New York since 2009, when the show was broadcast from Radio City Music Hall.
The 2013 MTV VMAs will air live from Barclays Center on August 25th.