NEW YORK (WR) — MTV says it’s ditching plans for indoor performances for its upcoming Video Music Awards, choosing outside exhibits unfold all through New York Metropolis as an alternative.

Organizers had deliberate for some performances inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Middle for the Aug. 30 present, however say they are going to observe the steering of state and native officers to maneuver them outdoors.

The shift introduced Friday is in response to the coronavirus pandemic. New York Metropolis was one of many first U.S. cities hit onerous by the virus, however circumstances have leveled off and a few restrictions are being loosened.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement in June that the VMAs can be held at Barclays shocked many and was a sign of the town’s turnaround in its struggle towards the virus.

A press release by MTV and the Barclays Middle promised the present would “pay homage to the unbelievable resiliency of New York with a number of outside performances across the Metropolis with restricted or no viewers.”

The present plans to return to Barclays for its 2021 version.

The ceremony bestows new awards targeted on dwell performances and music movies created at residence in the course of the pandemic. Woman Gaga and Ariana Grande are the main nominees with 9 apiece.

BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin are among the many performances introduced to date by MTV.