The 2020 MTV VMAs will not be held at Barclays Center
The MTV VMAs will not take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Page Six has exclusively learned.
The plug got pulled on the plan Friday after both MTV and Barclays mutually decided not to have the event inside the arena over safety concerns, sources said. The show will go on, however, at various outdoor locations around the city.
Reps for Barclays Center and MTV confirmed in a joint statement to us on Friday: “The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30 and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around [NYC] with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines. 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 statement added: “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.”
The annual music video awards was scheduled to take place at Barclays with “limited or no audience” per orders from Gov. Cuomo regarding pandemic protocols.
A source told Page Six earlier this week that some staffers expressed they did not feel safe going ahead with the show. But another source said the decision to nix the indoor show was due to a number of safety factors.
MTV announced on Thursday that Keke Palmer will host the show, and the network also revealed this week that K-pop group BTS would perform for the first time. Doja Cat and J Balvin are also among the live performers.
Sources said that gift bags for the stars and guests have been being shipped out.
The nominations this year are led by Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, with nine apiece, followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd, who each have six nominations.
It would’ve marked the first time the show has been at Barclays since 2013.
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