With help from social media, MTV has revealed that its 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards will take place at the newly-opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The move to the popular arena will serve as the first time the VMA’s have been taped in a location other than Manhattan, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas.
This year’s awards show, which will take place on August 25th, will also mark the first time the VMA’s have been in New York City since 2009. Over the past three years, the VMA’s have been filmed in various venues in Los Angeles including the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre.
Following a series of grand opening concerts that featured noted Brooklyn emcee Jay Z, Barclays Center has become a go-to location in New York City for all things music-oriented.
Despite a large drop in viewers, last year’s VMA’s welcomed performances from Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and more.
UPDATE: Def Jam Records has confirmed today (August 5) that Kanye West is among performers at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. He is confirmed to be performing Yeezus single “Black Skinhead,” which included creative involvement from Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, and Lupe Fiasco.
2013 will mark West’s seventh VMA performance, tying him with Madonna for most overall performances at the flagship award show. West VMA performances date back to a 2004 College Dropout medley.
West last performed “Otis” with Watch The Throne collaborator Jay Z in 2011.