The MTV Video Music Awards, an annual ceremony that has moved from city to city and fluctuated in the ratings since 1984, continues to be one of the most-talked-about music events in the U.S. In addition to a raucous show, the V.M.A.s also see a host of related parties from high-profile brands. The 2016 event took place in New York on August 28; here's our archive of MTV Video Music Awards coverage.
V.M.A.S PREDICTABLY DELIVER SHOCK DURING SHOW: Kanye West announced he would run for president at the MTV Video Music Awards last night, one of the bizarre highlights of the show. Reuters: “Viacom Inc-owned MTV's annual VMA hands out Moonman statuettes to the year's top achievements in music videos, but is better known for delivering irreverent and unexpected moments. Sunday's show was all about the shock factor as a scantily clad Miley Cyrus, 22, cursed her way through her hosting duties, flashed her bare breast accidentally and performed a new song about smoking marijuana.” http://reut.rs/1JrCn7G Posted August 31, 2015, 8:44 EDT
V.M.A.S STICK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL: Despite some references to current events—Common referenced the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Miley Cyrus invited a formerly homeless youth to accept her award for video of the year—the MTV Video Music Awards had few surprises and closed with a extended-length performance from Beyonce. Billboard: “Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night—even Nicki Minaj's stripper moves seemed tame within the night's opening sequence.” http://bit.ly/1pxgWfl Posted August 25, 2014, 8:14 a.m. EDT
VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS TAKE OVER BROOKLYN: MTV's Video Music Awards took place in Brooklyn's Barclays Center—and featured plenty of star power with Justin Timberlake and a reunion of 'NSync, a kinky duet between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, and an opening number from Lady Gaga—but producers introduced a venue change for the closing performance: Katy Perry singing in a boxing ring set up at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. The New York Post: http://bit.ly/19TQo1F Posted August 26, 2013, 8.44 a.m. EDT