The VMAs have been held in New York City before, but this year, instead of Manhattan, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will be held in another one of New York’s five boroughs … Brooklyn!
This year marks the VMAs’ 30th anniversary, and the show is set to broadcast live from the Barclay’s Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) on August 25th.
The news is very exciting, and not just for the city of New York, but mainly for Brooklyn, as this will be the first ever major awards show to be held there. Ever. In the history of life. So this is pretty BIG!
“From a vibrant musical scene for up and coming artists to epic concerts by today’s biggest stars and the triumphant return of pro sports to the borough after nearly 60 years, Brooklyn has re-emerged as a cultural capitol where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” said MTV President Stephen Friedman. “We can’t wait to help write the next chapter on August 25th, when one of the biggest nights in music happens in Brooklyn, for the very first time.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also welcomed the VMAs to the BK.
“Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV Video Music Awards,” he said. “Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our City have to offer.”
MTV’s Video Music Awards have been hosted in L.A. for the past three years, and the last time it was held in New York City was in 2009 at Radio City Music Hall.