Several awards shows have been postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic including the iHeartRadio Music Awards, Oscars, and Golden Globes. Sunday’s BET Awards moved forward as scheduled with socially-distant performances and no audience.
Producers of the VMAs are working closely with state and local officials to implement safety practices including social-distancing procedures and limited capacity or no audience. More details will be released at a later date based on local data.
“The 2020 MTV VMAs will be the first Barclays Center event since the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York,” said Oliver Weisberg, CEO of Barclays Center. “We deeply appreciate the support and advice of state and local government officials, as well as our internal management and team of medical experts, all of whom have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, and we will continue to closely follow their guidance throughout every step of the planning process with our partners at ViacomCBS.”