MTV has announced the date and location for its upcoming 2018 Video Music Awards, and they’re going back to the beginning. The 35th annual event will be held on Monday, August 20, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, NY, where the awards were held for their first two years (1984-1985). The VMAs were also held at Radio City in 1994-1997, 2000, 2002-2003, 2006 and most recently 2009, so it’s been nine years since the awards were last held at the iconic venue.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “New York City’s creative energy has always fueled those who live and work here. This is where music, film, and art collide and where the Video Music Awards were born. There is no better place to host the MTV VMAs than in New York City at one of the most iconic venues in the world.”
NY Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin adds, “We are so pleased that the MTV VMAs will be returning to their roots in New York City for this year’s celebration of music, and entertainment. Prestigious awards shows like the VMAs and the Grammys not only reconfirm New York City’s status as the music capital of the country, but they bring tremendous economic benefits to their host city, an estimated $50 million in the case of the VMAs. I thank MTV and Viacom for their partnership, and we look forward to rolling out the red carpet for one of the music industry’s most entertaining nights.”
And Madison Square Garden Company President Andy Lustgarten is “thrilled that the MTV Video Music Awards will be returning to Radio City Music Hall, where they began in 1984. The VMAs are unlike any other event — combining history-making music with exciting and unexpected moments that create an unforgettable experience, and Radio City, as the Showplace of the Nation, is the perfect backdrop for this celebration.”
It’s been almost a decade since the VMAs were last held at Radio City, but the awards took place in New York City as recently as 2016 when they were held at Madison Square Garden. And in 2013 the prizes were handed out at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. But last year the awards were presented at The Forum in Inglewood, California, where Katy Perry hosted and Kendrick Lamar swept with six wins, including Video of the Year for “Humble.”