MTV and Barclays Center have decided to no longer hold the MTV VMAs 2020 at the Brooklyn arena, citing safety concerns, Page Six reports. The event will now be held at “various outdoor locations” in New York City. In a joint statement to Page Six, representatives for Barclays Center and MTV said “it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event.” Pitchfork has reached out to MTV representatives for comment and more information.
At a June press conference announcing the event would take place at Barclays Center, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that “the event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.” BTS, J Balvin, and Doja Cat were set to perform at this year’s ceremony. Check out the full list of MTV VMAs 2020 nominees.
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