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MTV VMAs will happen as planned in New York City

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The MTV show must go on -- with some adjustments.

The MTV Video Music Awards will return in August to New York City's Barclays Center, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday in a news conference.

This year's event, on August 30, will bring together music fans worldwide and pay homage to the strength, spirit and resilience of New York City and its residents.

"We're elated to bring the 2020 'VMAs' back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA," Bruce Gillmer, president of music, music talent, programming and events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, said in a statement.

"The health and safety of artists, fans, industry, staff, and partners is of the utmost importance," MTV said in a news release.

"Show producers alongside Barclays Center management have been working closely with state and local officials to implement best practices for everyone involved," the release stated.

The VMAs will be the first Barclays Center event since the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York," said Oliver Weisberg, chief executive officer of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, in a statement.

"We deeply appreciate the support and advice of state and local government officials, as well as our internal management and team of medical experts, all of whom have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, and we will continue to closely follow their guidance throughout every step of the planning process with our partners at ViacomCBS. "

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