The 2020 MTV VMAs will take place in New York City. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement, revealing that this year’s ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 30th.
The news came during a larger press conference regarding Phase III of NYC’s reopening process, which begins July 6th. Social distancing will still be required during this phase, and the 2020 VMAs will include “limited or no audience” allowed in the Barclays arena.
The VMAs will become the first major awards show to take place live inside a physical venue since the outbreak occurred. The ESPYs, Daytime Emmy Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, Daytime Emmys and BET Awards were all filmed remotely. The 2020 Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is scheduled to air later this summer, though it’s unclear whether it will be an entirely virtual ceremony.
The 2020 MTV VMAs are happening despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the exciting and unexpected news during a press conference Monday (June 29), telling viewers that summer’s buzziest awards show will officially be held in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on Sunday, August 30.
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