MTV’s Video Music Awards will return to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall this year.
The VMAs have been held in New York a total of 16 times (12 at Radio City Music Hall), but moved to Los Angeles in 2017.
“New York City’s creative energy has always fueled those who live and work here. This is where music, film, and art collide and where the Video Music Awards were born,” Mayor de Blasio said in a statement to the Daily News.
“There is no better place to host the MTV VMAs than in New York City at one of the most iconic venues in the world.”
The show will bring in approximately $50 million in “economic benefits,” Julie Menin, commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, estimated.
Andy Lustgarten, president of The Madison Square Garden Company, also celebrated the show’s return to the Big Apple.
“The VMAs are unlike any other event — combining history-making music with exciting and unexpected moments that create an unforgettable experience, and Radio City, as the Showplace of the Nation, is the perfect backdrop for this celebration,” he said in a statement to The News.
The VMAs will also move to Monday night, following a similar transition by the MTV Movie and TV Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The ceremony will air Aug. 20.
We’re surprised MTV hasn’t rebranded this entire show seeing as though they don’t really show music videos anymore.