There won’t be any sleeping in Brooklyn when the MTV Video Music Awards return to Barclays Center on Sept. 12.
When the VMAs took over the Nets’ spot for the first time in 2013 — marking the 30th anniversary of the awards show — Lady Gaga lived for our “Applause,” Justin Timberlake reunited with ’N Sync and Miley Cyrus twerked upon Robin Thicke.
This year, there are sure to be more fans — and fewer masks.
With the 40th anniversary of MTV on Aug. 1, this year’s event will also mark a more solemn remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. MTV is collaborating with 9/11 Day, a nonprofit that will lead a series of service-oriented activities during the week leading up to the VMAs.
And while no host or performers have yet to be announced, you can expect a who’s who of pop stars to show up after COVID prevented the party from going on in its usual style last year.