For the first time ever, MTV’s Video Music Awards are coming to Brooklyn. MTV just announced that the 2013 VMAs will take place on Sunday, August 25, at the Barclays Center, home of the Jay-Z-co-owned Brooklyn Nets. This marks the first time an annual awards show has ever been held in the borough of Brooklyn. Said Borough President Marty Markowitz of the occasion:
“From hip-hop to hipsters, JAY Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ‘spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural Mecca—the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest bands, like Fun and the Lumineers. Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry: the ‘MTV Video Music Awards.’ What better venue than the newest, most beautiful, most state-of-the-art arena in the country, Barclays Center. Bravo to MTV on a decision that hits all the right notes and strikes all the right chords. I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ‘no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!”
Take that, Manhattan.