VMAs are returning to the Barclays Center and reaching all five boroughs of New York City

It’s 2020, and the Person of the Moon lands again in New York City.

Yes, this year’s MTV VMAs will be held at the Barclays Center on Sunday, August 30, MTV (June 29) announced today, with the help of a quick greeting from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in his video. Live. It is the first time the show has arrived at the iconic downtown Brooklyn venue since 2013. But this time, the action isn’t contained just in the arena, or even the district it’s in.

For the 2020 show, the VMAs are expanding, featuring performances from various iconic venues in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island, to honor the spirit and resilience of New York.

The 2020 VMAs will be the first event to take place at the Barclays Center since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the city. Of course, the virus is still very real, which means a greater emphasis and focus on security. The governor’s announcement came with the note of “limited or no audience.”

“Show producers along with Barclays Center management have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for all involved,” according to a statement. “Measures that all parties involved have aligned with include extensive social distancing procedures, significant capacity constraints, and component virtualization where possible.”

The 2013 show saw the resigned Moon Person, courtesy of Brooklyn artist Kaws, as well as a fully Moon Person-focused stage. Seven years later, the VMA 2020 is shaping up to be an expanding celebration at some of the Big Apple’s biggest milestones.

More information will be available as the show date approaches. Meanwhile, after a year in New Jersey, welcome (back) to New York, VMA.