2020 MTV VMAs No Longer Hosting In-Person Ceremony at Barclays Center – E! Online

2020 MTV VMAs No Longer Hosting In-Person Ceremony at Barclays Center - E! Online

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UPDATE: The 2020 MTV VMAs is altering course. 

In a declaration launched Friday, Aug. 7 to Variety, the network revealed the event will no longer happen at Barclays Center in Brooklyn due to continuous issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, efficiencies will happen in different outside areas throughout New York City. 

“The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30th 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,” the declaration checked out. “In close consultation with state and local health officials‎, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event. The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.”

On Thursday, Aug. 6 Keke Palmer was revealed as this year’s VMAs host. Check out the total list of elections ahead of the Aug. 30 reveal here. 


The program will go on—with minimal or no audience. 

During an interview on Monday, June 29, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are formally returning on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Barclays Center. This marks the very first occasion at the place given that the start of the COVID-19 crisis. 

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