MTV Video Music Awards Set for August 30 at Barclays Center
Deadline is reporting that New York City is set to host the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed the date and venue, saying, “The event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”
MTV added that the “health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance.” Producers of the show, in co-operation with Barclays management, said that they “have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved.”
Precautionary measures for the vent will include social distancing procedures, capacity limitations, and the “virtualization of components where possible.” Additional details will be released at a later date, with options being based on “the science and data in New York.”
This year’s VMA’s will be the first event at the arena since the ongoing global pandemic forced stay-at-home orders in March. Oliver Weisberg, the CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, said: “We’re very excited to once again host this legendary night of music, and are especially proud of the impact it will have on our Brooklyn community through the creation of local jobs.”
Broadway theaters will reportedly remain closed at least through early 2021, and additional large-scale public events are months away from returning to the state. The outlet notes that New York reported “7 deaths and 391 positive tests across the state on Sunday,” and remains the hardest-hit overall.