(from Billboard.biz, March 25, 2013) Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is going to play host to the 30th anniversary of MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25. This will mark the first large-scale awards show that will be televised from Brooklyn. MTV hinted about the venue on its social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram. The VMA’s iconic Moonman was evident in their posts, making his way through photographs travelling from last year’s venue in Los Angeles, the Staples Center, towards Brooklyn. The photos included images of John F. Kennedy Airport, Times Square, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
The VMA’s have been held in five different cities in the last nine years and were broadcasted from seven different venues. Los Angeles has hosted the event for the last three years at the Staples Center and the Nokia Theater. It was broadcasted from the Radio City Music Hall in New York eleven times, lastly in 2009. Also from New York was its broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House twice.
Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, has claimed that Brooklyn is regaining a reputation as a cultural landmark “where music, sports, and entertainment history is made every day.” Friedman anticipates the impact that the VMA’s will have on Brooklyn. Since Jay-Z’s performance at the Barclays Center last October, the venue has become a prominent setting for musical events. It has hosted artists including the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and many others in the past five months, and its upcoming schedule includes many other leading performers. The venue is also home to the Brooklyn Nets NBA team and is set to be the future home of the New York Islanders hockey team for the 2015-2016 season.
The CEO of the Barclays Center, Brett Yormark, believes that the Video Music Awards will be a successful conclusion to the Barclays Center’s inaugural year. Yormark sees the significance of the Video Music Awards to the music and entertainment industry and is anxious for Brooklyn’s opportunity to be a part of the event.