MTV's annual Video Music Awards (VMAs) will return to Los Angeles, with the ceremony scheduled to be cablecast live on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
The show will be beamed from a venue it has never played: the historic "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
In making the announcement MTV released a statement that said, in part:
"The 'Fabulous' Forum reopened in January 2014 following a comprehensive reinvention which has resulted in a world-class entertainment venue that bridges its iconic past with today's state-of-the-art technology and amenities. The reinvention of the Forum has created the largest and most important indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. New amenities include: a completely modernized arena bowl with superior acoustics; approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings; lavish new VIP clubs; a 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace; and seven star-caliber dressing rooms as well as a return to the venue’s original exterior color — now officially known as 'Forum red.' Since its re-opening in January, the Forum has hosted some of the biggest names in music and entertainment including a sold-out, six-night residency by the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Paul Simon & Sting and Kings of Leon.
"Since opening in 1967, Forum was the home court for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship teams and has hosted some of the greatest musical performers of all time, including the Rolling Stones, Eagles, the Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Van Halen, the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Prince and many others."