Lady Gaga receives the Artist of the Year award at the MTV VMAs in August 2020 in New York -- the 2021 event will be held in front of a live audience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Photo: MTV/AFP/File

MTV Video Music Awards set for September 12 in New York


The MTV Video Music Awards will take place on September 12 in New York, the channel announced Tuesday -- the latest news that live entertainment is coming back in the city as it emerges from the pandemic.

MTV has yet to announce which artists will perform at the event, to be staged in front of an audience at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Last year, MTV initially announced that the 2020 edition would be held at the same arena before canceling that plan and hosting a scattered, behind-closed-doors ceremony with pre-recorded musical performances in several New York locations.

The eligibility period for this year's videos is from July 2020 to June 2021.

Cultural activities are returning to New York as the city reopens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, boosted by vaccinations.

Also on Tuesday, Madison Square Garden announced that it would host on June 20 the first event in front of a capacity crowd since coronavirus struck in March 2020 -- a Foo Fighters concert.

Only spectators that can prove they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed in, the venue said.

"We've been waiting for this day for over a year. And Madison Square Garden is going to feel that hard," said lead singer Dave Grohl.

On Monday, Bruce Springsteen announced that his hit Broadway show will reopen on June 26, also in front of vaccinated audiences.

And Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is planning a major concert in Central Park in August to celebrate the city's "rebirth" as part of a week of "homecoming" events.

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This is another award ceremony that panders to Leftist politics and a raging sexual political agenda by virtue signaling throughout the program.

MTV once was about music, not politics. Hopefully, they will return to that base one day.

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Hopefully, they will return to that base one day.

We can only hope.

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I haven't watched one of these MTV award shows since the 90's. Are they still any good?

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Does MTV even show music videos anymore? Moreover, of the recent music videos I have seen on YouTube, rarely do they have anything to do with a song's lyrics. For example, "Fast Car" by Jonas Blue which was a cover of Tracy Chapman's song, featured a guy on a horse and a girl on a motorbike and had nothing to do with the song's true meaning. Very disappointing that they make such garbage.

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Ok, and?

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shogun36June 9  01:31 pm JST

I haven't watched one of these MTV award shows since the 90's. Are they still any good?

Lesse. When these award shows first came out in the mid 80s, winners incl. acts like Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Ozzy Osbourne, Phil Collins, Duran Duran and more.

Since the 90s MTV Awards went to junky acts like Britney spears, Megan Stallion, Katy Perry.

I'd say a Big Fat NO.

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Hopefully, my bros can get a gig work from that event. Not much work this past year.

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