While there has been a ton of chatter about New York’s death and how the city will be no more, we are reminded that you should never count out our city. New York is the most resilient city and its residents are tough as nails. Whatever you throw at us, we’ll handle and move on. We may not always get along with each other, but we have a common interest that binds us and keeps us all on the same page. The best of the best is on our island which means that if there’s a will, there’s a way and we’re going to figure it out. Case in point, one of the events we always used to look forward just before Back to School – the MTV Video Music Awards.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn but for obvious reasons that cannot happen. As they say, the show must go on and that it will! The MTV VMA events will be held outdoors at various locations around the city.

On August 30, performances will take place in open-air locations around the city with limited audiences.  In a press conference on Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards to take place. A spokesperson said the awards ceremony will pay tribute to the resilience of New York. Earlier this week, MTV announced Keke Palmer will host the show, and K-pop group BTS will perform. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s VMAs with nine nominations apiece, with Billie Eilish, the Weekend and Taylor Swift also up for multiple Moonmen.

The show always reminds us that the end of summer is here but not without an epic event. That is still going down and in our city! This is a win for New York and what we believe will be the beginning of a return to normalcy.