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MTV Video Music Awards will return to NY in August

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 location reveal ceremony was commemorated with a ceremonial street renaming: Manhattan's Avenue of the Americas has symbolically been renamed VMA Way at its Radio City intersection, at 6th Avenue & W. 50th Street.

This year's stage just might be flooded with NY talent, including Brooklyn's BeBe Rexha - whose 2017 track "Meant to Be" with Florida Georgia Line is up for a Billboard award - Bronx-born Cardi B - fresh off her "Invasion of Privacy" album release - and New York's Post Malone - whose breakout track "Rockstar" with 21 Savage broke chart records - among others.

"New York City's creative energy has always fueled those who live and work here".

The 2018 ceremony will take place at Radio City Music Hall, the home of the very first VMAs in 1984, the network announced Tuesday.

New York City's Mayor, Bill de Blasio said, "This is where music, film, and art collide and where the Video Music Awards were born". The last time the show was staged in NY was in 2016.

Andy Lustgarten, president of The Madison Square Garden Company, also celebrated the show's return to the Big Apple.

While the Grammy Awards has deep roots in Los Angeles, including a multiyear deal with the Staples Center there, Menin said that she is hopeful that MTV may be persuaded to agree to a long-term deal to hold the show in New York City. "It certainly sends a signal that New York City is a place to have these signature awards shows and it's really the epicenter of music". 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.



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