MTV moves awards show performances outside

MTV will abandon plans for indoor stage performances for the Video Music Awards (VMA) later this month, switching to outdoor shows spread across New York City due to pandemic restrictions.

Events planners and organizers for the VMAs said they had intended to hold some performances indoors in Brooklyn's Barclays Center, but opted for all-outdoor shows in compliance with state and local health official's guidance, NBC Washington reported.

"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 joint statement.

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The statement added that a portion of the ceremony will "pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York reports 1,000 daily new COVID-19 cases for first time since June Overnight Health Care: Trump signs largely symbolic pre-existing conditions order amid lawsuit | White House puts off action on surprise medical bills | Rising coronavirus cases spark fears of harsh winter NY health officials to review any vaccine approved by Trump MORE (D) announced in June the awards show would be held at the Barclays Center. While the performances will be outdoors this year, MTV said they will return to the events center in 2021.

New York City, which was once the primary U.S. epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic, has incurred fewer outbreaks in recent weeks compared to the pandemic's peak months in March and April, loosening some restrictions.

MTV announced BTS, Doja Cat, and J Balvin perform at outdoor concert stages for this year's VMAs on Aug. 30.

Leading the nominees for the awards ceremony are Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga, with nine nominations each.