Take that, Los Angeles.
MTV announced today that its 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards show would be moving from L.A. across the country to Brooklyn, to be held Sunday, August 25, from the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. This is the first time the VMAs have taken place in New York in a location besides Manhattan.
MTV released eight photos this morning featuring the famous MTV Moonman in front of famous locations, "documenting" the Moonman's journey from the Los Angeles Staples Center to his new home this year in Brooklyn.
The VMAs began in 1984 and have been held in Los Angeles, New York City, Miami and Las Vegas. Los Angeles has been the host for the last three broadcasts, after the awards were held in Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan in 2009.
“From a vibrant musical scene for up-and-coming artists to epic concerts by today's biggest stars and the triumphant return of pro sports to the borough after nearly 60 years, Brooklyn has re-emerged as a cultural capital where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” MTV president Stephen Friedman said.
“Brooklyn is home to icons like the Cyclone in Coney Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, and now it can lay claim to the MTV Video Music Awards,” added New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our city have to offer.”