MTV's 2016 VMA's Back in NYC at the MSG
Tuesday, May 3, 2016)
MTV will bring the VMA's back to New York City on August 28, 2016. The awards ceremony will air live from Madison Square Garden newly transformed facility. The Gardens new Chase Square entrance, concourse city views, chef offerings, club suites, and arena seating that improves sightlines for those attending, enhance an already iconic location.
In a release from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Madison Square Garden President and CEO:
"We are thrilled to welcome the "MTV Video Music Awards" to the World's Most Famous Arena for the first time," said David O'Connor, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Madison Square Garden Company. "Madison Square Garden has been known throughout its history for inspiring the greatest performers, sports icons to break records and make history, and we have no doubt that the MTV VMAs - so celebrated for its exciting and unexpected mix of music and entertainment - will add an unforgettable chapter to that unparalleled legacy."
The 2016 awards show will be the 16th time the show has aired from New York City. The last time being in Brooklyn 2013 and the first being 1984 from Radio City Music Hall.
In the MOME release, Commissioner Menin stated:
"From its top-class performers to its world-renowned venues, NYC reflects everything the entertainment industry has to offer - and makes us a natural fit to host the VMAs," said Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin. "And beyond the entertainment value of the show itself, the financial benefit of this event on small businesses is significant. We are grateful to have the VMAs back in New York this year, as it presents huge opportunities for shops, restaurants, and retailers across the City."
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, in celebration of the return of the awards broadcast, will partner with MTV to develop a video contest for New Yorkers 16 and older to enter. The 30 second video should answer the question: "If you could take your favorite VMA artist anywhere in NYC, where would it be and why?" Full details about entering the contest will be available in June. The 5 winners selected will get to go to the VMA awards, walk the red carpet along with top industry performers, and have their video broadcast on various NYC social media channels.
In the MOME release, President of MTV said:
"The VMAs at MSG is a New York story too good to resist," said Sean Atkins, President of MTV. "The VMA's deliver some of pop culture's most defining moments and we're grateful to our New York home and Madison Square Garden for rolling out the red carpet for what is sure to be the biggest night in music. You can be assured we are going put on a show that celebrates the city and that creates yet another seminal moment in music history at this iconic venue."