The messy tale of adapting to the novel Coronavirus pandemic for the MTV Video Music Awards will come to end as it has been set for September 12th later this year.
The awards show was originally meant to take place at the Barclays Center last August until organizers realized that it wouldn’t be wise to hold an indoor event during a time when the airborne virus was at its peak.
Well, they’ve decided to give the idea a second chance this year, honouring the best of the year’s music videos and showcasing the craziest of the year’s celebrity musician’s antics.
What’s more, is that the awards show in New York will in fact have a live audience. MTV and Barclays Center are “working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices in order to safely bring together music fans from around the globe,” according to the announcement. They pointed to the Barclays Center’s current health and safety protocols, which include separate seating areas for vaccinated and non-vaccinated guests, and noted that additional specific protocols will be announced closer to the event.
With the show taking place a day after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, MTV also announced plans to collaborate with New York City on its volunteer efforts to commemorate the day.
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Last year’s VMAs were originally scheduled to take place at Barclays, but the show was forced to go remote. Some performances were filmed on location in New York, and others were reportedly shot in remote cities like Los Angeles and Seoul. The show included performances from Lady Gaga, the Weeknd, Miley Cyrus, DaBaby, the Black Eyed Peas, and more.
Despite all the previous complications, we’re just glad that the awards show is FINALLY happening. Can’t wait!
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