2018 MTV VMA’s Music Awards Will Be In New York

If I had to guess, I would say the bizarre weather California has been experiencing from the rain, the flooding, the mud slides and recently the 5.3 earthquake, MTV’s Video Music Awards will return to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall this year.

The storied Midtown theater was home to the first-ever VMAs in 1984. This year will mark the 12th ceremony held there, more than any other venue; the last one was in 2009. The city even renamed part of Sixth Avenue “VMA Way.”

The VMAs has been held in New York a total of 16 times (12 at Radio City Music Hall), but moved to Los Angeles in 2017. It has been projected that the music awards weekend will bring in approximately $50M in ‘economic benefits’.

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.

Does MTV even show music videos anymore?

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Beyonce on MTV VMA’s red carpet event. Photo credit MTV

(NYDN“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.