Mere months ago, it would have seemed unfathomable that New York City would be hosting a full-fledged awards show in August. Now, though, with the local infection rate down to 1% earlier this month – and schools and gyms poised to reopen – things are looking somewhat more optimistic.
On 30 August, New York City will host the MTV Video Music Awards: not virtually, but in person, making it the first awards show to take place in New York since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in early spring. Originally scheduled to take place at Barclays Center, the VMAs have been reorganised to take place at outdoor locations across New York City, giving the proceedings a music-festival-adjacent feel (without the sweaty throngs of attendees, of course).
“The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30 and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines,” said MTV and the Barclays Center in a joint statement last week. Below, here are all the details on the updated awards ceremony.
When are the VMAs?
The awards show will take place on Sunday, August 30 at 8 p.m. EST/PST. Specific locations have yet to be disclosed, but the VMAs will “highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021”, MTV said in a statement.
Keke Palmer will host the awards show, with BTS, Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, CNCO, J Balvin, Maluma, Roddy Ricch, and The Weeknd announced as performers thus far; Cyrus will mark the live debut of her new single “Midnight Sky” at the VMAs. Gaga and Ariana Grande lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six. And in a nod to the times we are living in, MTV has added two new categories this year: best music video from home and best quarantine performance.
How can I watch the VMAs?
The show can be streamed online at vma.mtv.com.
From British Vogue