The occasion would be the first at New York’s Barclays Heart for the reason that COVID-19 disaster started when it hits on August 30 … perhaps everybody can put on a moon individual outfit!
As they are saying in showbiz, the present should go on — although it is not but completely clear what it is going to look when it does.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced on Monday that the MTV Video Music Awards will formally be the occasion to reopen the Barclays Heart in New York for the primary time since COVID-19 began shutting the world down.
However with the virus nonetheless working rampant throughout the US, he did acknowledge that it’ll not be like previous awards reveals. Nor, although, will or not it’s just like the digital BET Awards from final week.
That is an in-person occasion, inasmuch as the celebs could or is probably not thinking about exhibiting up. Much less sure is how massive of a crowd, if any, will likely be allowed to pack in to scream and shout as their favourite artists hit the stage to thank them (and another of us, too).
Cuomo broke it down in his press convention by saying the occasion would go ahead with “restricted or no viewers.” If an viewers is in the end permitted, they might be following strict social distancing tips, which implies many seats must be blocked off.
“The well being and security of artists, followers, trade, employees and companions is of the utmost significance,” the community mentioned in a press launch. “Among the many measures all events concerned have aligned to incorporate in depth social distancing procedures, significant capability limitations, the virtualization of parts the place potential, and restricted capability or no viewers.”
Clearly, in addition they requested everybody to be affected person and understanding that tips are topic to alter based mostly on the science, the unfold of the virus and the state of the world (and New York Metropolis particularly) come late August.
Because it stands, although, they’re working to develop an epic present celebrating the spirit of all of New York. “This 12 months’s display screen breaking spectacle will convey collectively music followers worldwide and pay homage to the energy, spirit and unbelievable resilience of NYC and its beloved residents,” the community’s assertion mentioned.
“Spanning all 5 boroughs — Brooklyn, The Bronx, Staten Island, Queens and Manhattan — music’s greatest evening will characteristic epic performances from numerous iconic areas.”
Maybe approaching the heels of the BET Awards, the VMAs can take some inspiration in how that broadcast integrated the restrictions in place because of the coronavirus to create a hybrid expertise of stay content material (if allowed) and pre-taped segments to maintain followers entertained.
There’s at all times the possibility that COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter (many protests have been staged outdoors Barclays Heart) will affect the artist’s capability or willingness to return to the venue stay, however we might think about that would not preclude them from being a part of the occasion.
And with the Emmys following a month behind, you may wager they will be holding a detailed eye on how guardian firm ViacomCBS (which additionally owns BET) pulls their present collectively each on stage and within the viewers. Particularly because the Emmy viewers is often packed stuffed with stars!
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