Someone at MTV is very optimistic. Apparently, MTV is “exploring” possible ways it can host the Video Music Awards at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in August. If you were thinking, “August 2021? That doesn’t sound too unreasonable, especially if there’s a vaccine by then,” think again: They’re talking about August 30, 2020. Variety reported on Thursday, May 28 that MTV sent save-the-date notices to industry professionals suggesting that the VMAs may take place a traditional format. MTV is exploring all possible options including virtual performances and an audience-free ceremony.
“We’re exploring with government officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders on how to safely hold the 2020 VMAs at Barclays Center on August 30th,” reads MTV’s statement to Pitchfork. Thank God key stakeholders are being consulted. “The health of everyone involved remains our number one priority. Additionally, we are working on several contingency plans to bring music’s biggest night to audiences everywhere.” Given that many outdoor music events that have been pushed to the fall are considering postponing till 2021, it seems somewhat unrealistic that a massive indoor musical event such as the VMAs will be able to take place in August without major changes to its format. But, hey, perhaps someone over at MTV knows something we don’t.