Sunday, May 26, 2024

What??? MTV’s Video Music Awards Will Be Broadcast Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn August 30th


Huh? Did I miss something?

MTV’s Video Music Awards will be broadcast from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn live on August 30th. Gov. Andrew Cuomo knows about and is thrilled.

Is the pandemic over? I am really confused.

I wouldn’t go to this event without the pandemic, frankly. It’s usually like a three train crash spectacle. But I guess the kids love it. And why not crowd into the Barclays Center? By August 30th, heck, the whole thing will be a distant memory.

Read the small print: “The health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance. Show producers alongside Barclays Center management have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved. Among the measures all parties involved have aligned to include extensive social distancing procedures, meaningful capacity limitations, the virtualization of components where possible, and limited capacity or no audience. Details and potential options to come at a later date based on the science and data in New York. Barclays Center and ViacomCBS are unequivocally committed to ensuring that the show does not compromise the health and safety of anyone involved in the event.”

Official sponsors of the 2020 “MTV Video Music Awards” include Burger King®, Coors Light, and EXTRA® Gum– all of whom will offer branded thermometers, masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to the guests.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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