MTV announced plans to move the Video Music Awards(VMA) outdoors instead of indoors as per its original plan due to COVID-19. The VMA’s will be spread throughout New York City on August 30 instead of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced back in June that VMA’s would take place despite COVID-19 sweeping across the country. He had announced they would take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in hopes the city’s turnaround in its fight against the virus would make it possible to be held indoors by August. Unfortunately, holding a show indoors currently wouldn’t be difficult to do safely so MTV opted to follow the guidance of state and local officials urging them to move the VMA’s outside.
The VMA shows plan to return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for its 2021 edition. Until then MTV and the Barclays Center promised the show would “pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience” within their statement.
The 2020 VMA’s will be hosted by Keke Palmer. The VMA’s will host performances by BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin among others. Nominated music videos Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted,” Eminem and Juice WRLD’s “Godzilla,” Future and Drake’s “Life Is Good,” Gaga and Grande’s “Rain on Me,” Taylor Swift’s “The Man,” and The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights.” Nominated artists for the year DaBaby, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Megan Thee Stallion, Post Malone, and The Weeknd. Nominated for PUSH Best New Artist are Doja Cat, Jack Harlow, Lewis Capaldi, Roddy Ricch, Tate McRae, and Yungblud. Song of the Year nominations are Billie Eilish: “Everything I Wanted,” Doja Cat: “Say So,” Lady Gaga with Ariana Grande: “Rain On Me,” Megan Thee Stallion: “Savage,” Post Malone: “Circles,” and Roddy Ricch: “The Box.” The rest of the categories and nominations can be found on MTV’s website.
For more information on the VMA’s visit MTV’s website.