Pandemic forces organisers of MTV Video Music Awards to drop plans for indoor show
LOS ANGELES (US) – Complications of the pandemic have forced MTV to ditch its plan of holding its Video Music Awards show at an indoor venue in New York.
MTV and Barclays Center arena said on Friday that the awards show on Aug. 30, which usually features live performances of the music industry’s biggest stars, will be held with some artists performing live outdoor.
The VMA event is the first awards slated to be held in a physical location ever since the pandemic broke out.
“In close consultation with state and local health officials, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event,” MTV and the Barclays Center said in a statement.
During the outdoor performances, all health protocols will be observed, the statement added.
The pandemic has forced organisers to cancel dozens of film festivals and concerts and Broadway theatres remain closed.
Organisers of the Emmy Awards featuring the best talents in television said last week that the event, which is usually held in Los Angeles in front of a glittering crowd of celebrities, will be a virtual show this time in September.
In the nominations for the Video Music Awards, pop stars Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga are on top.
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