Brooklyn will be over the moon—or at least moonmen in August.
MTV will host its 2013 Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on Sunday, Aug. 25, as the 30th anniversary of the moonmen fest -- the winners received the space-oriented statuette -- will mark the first major awards show to be held in the New York City borough.
The VMAs have been held in Los Angeles the past three years -- at Staples center in 2012, and at Nokia Theater in 2011 and 2010. The 2011 event averaged 12.4 million viewers, MTV's all-time top audience. Last year, the audience for the VMAs dropped to 6.1 million, as the show aired on a Thursday night and conflicted with the Democratic National Convention.
“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 capitol where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” said Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, in announcing Barclays as this year’s VMA venue. “We can’t wait to help write the next chapter on August 25th, when one of the biggest nights in music happens in Brooklyn… for the very first time.”
“From hip-hop to hipsters, Jay Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ‘spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural mecca—the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest bands, like Fun and the Lumineers,” noted Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz. “Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry: the ‘MTV Video Music Awards.’ What better venue than the newest, most beautiful, most state-of-the-art arena in the country, Barclays Center. Bravo to MTV on a decision that hits all the right notes and strikes all the right chords. I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ‘no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!”
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards will air across MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than a half-billion households around the world as well as through syndication. Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the executive producer for the 2013 VMAs. Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are executive producers. Joanna Bomberg, Jen Jones and Lee Lodge are co-executive Producers. Hamish Hamilton is director, while Wendy Plaut is serving as the celebrity talent executive.