MTV announced today that the Video Music Awards will return to New York, where the ceremony will air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20.
This will mark the 17th time the MTV VMAs will be held in New York City. The first VMA ceremony was held at Radio City Music Hall in 1984, and this will be the ceremony’s 12th time at the venue.
The announcement was marked with a ceremonial “moon landing” on Manhattan’s Avenue of the Americas, under the marquee of the venue. On hand were Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin; the iconic VMA Moon Person; Bruce Gillmer, Global Head of Music/Talent, Co-Brand Lead, MTV International; and Darren Pfeffer, Executive Vice President of MSG Live.
Said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: “New York City’s creative energy has always fueled those who live and work here. This is where music, film, and art collide and where the Video Music Awards were born. There is no better place to host the MTV VMAs than in New York City at one of the most iconic venues in the world.”
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