USA | Jun 8, 2021

Back at it again? MTV’s Video Music Awards hopeful for a COVID-free September

SaChina Russell

SaChina Russell / Our Today

MTV’s Video Music Awards. (Photo: Instagram @vmas)

Are you a VMAs fan? 

Well, guess what? 

The organisers of MTV’s Video Music Awards are taking another swing at holding the event this year on Sunday (September 12) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers had to cancel the 2020 event, which was originally set for August at the same location, and resort to a streamed show.

Lady Gaga (Photo: Instagram @vmas)

The main reason for the 2020 cancellation was that the location is an indoor venue, and COVID-19 was at its peak.

Hopefully, by September 12, the pandemic will be over, so there can be a continuation of honouring the best of the year’s music videos all while featuring the wildest of this year’s performing celebrities.

According to a report from online publication Vulture, a press release touts the show as one of the “first fan-filled awards shows” since the start of the pandemic, adding that the VMAs will “bring fans together from across the globe,” but not much more detail than that. 

Miley Cyrus. (Photo: Instagram @vmas)

Variety.com tallied a total of 6.4 million viewers tuned in across MTV for the last VMA viewing as opposed to the average 6.8 million viewership rate (that includes the pre-show, main show, post-show, and encores).

Will they receive a much higher viewership this year?

Reportedly, with the show taking place a day after the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, MTV has also announced plans to collaborate with New York City on its volunteer efforts to commemorate the day. 

NYC and the VMAs are back from the dead!

New York City



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