New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the date and location of the MTV VMA

It’s happening! The MTV Video Music Awards is an opportunity. Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York made the announcement during his press conference on Monday (June 29), and told viewers that the annual ceremony would be held in Brooklyn.

When the governor announced that New York City would enter Phase III to reopen on July 6, he shared the unexpected news. “The Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday August 30 at the Barclays Center,” he said.

The slide shown at the time also noted that “the event will follow all security guidelines, including limited or no audience.”

Billboard He has contacted MTV for comment.

In May MTV said Billboard in a statement that they were exploring the possibility of holding the event live safely. “We are exploring with government officials, the medical community and key stakeholders on how to safely maintain the 2020 VMAs at the Barclays Center,” said an MTV spokesperson at the time. “The health of everyone involved remains our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on various contingency plans to bring the greatest music night to the public everywhere.”

At that time, New York was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the state has significantly reduced the number of new infections and has been gradually reopening. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases have skyrocketed in other parts of the country.

See the Cuomo VMA announcement, which starts at approximately 12:30: