MTV’s Video Music Awards has a new home.
The Summer staple, which serves as one of Pop music’s biggest calendar nights, is moving from the West Coast to the East for what is sure to be a blockbuster show.
Confirmed in a new press release, this year’s show, its 30th anniversary, will take place on August 25th at Brooklyn’s new mega-venue, the Barclays Center.
Held in Los Angeles over the last three years, the 2013 instalment not only marks a return to New York (it has previously been held at Radio City Music Hall), it specifically marks the first time the iconic event has been held in Brooklyn.
Needless to say, it’s a super coup for Barclays, which since being launched last September has seen the likes of Jay-Z (who has strong business ties with its owners) and Rihanna cement its “major venue” status. Beyonce is also set to play multiple shows there as part of her sell-out ‘Mrs Carter Show World Tour’ just before the VMA’s.
Speaking on the bold move, Stephen Friedman, President of MTV said:
“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. 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.”
Even the State’s mayor Michael R. Bloomberg weighed in adding:
“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”
Anyone who has followed the trajectory of the VMA’s will know that New York has brought a brand of excitement to the show that has been hard to replicate in each of the other cities it has been hosted in. It goes without saying, then, that we can’t wait!
Check out some of our favourite NY VMA moments below…