After a decade away, the MTV Video Music Awards are returning to Los
Angeles. According to sources involved with the show, the 2008 ceremony
will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Paramount Pictures lot in
Hollywood. Expect executive producer Jesse
Ignjatovic to make use of many of Paramount’s stages, rooftops, and
camera-ready city streets for the star-studded show, which will only
air once in its original incarnation. The official press release goes out on
Monday, with host and artist announcements to come soon after.
For the last 10 years, the VMAs have been somewhat nomadic,
taking over Miami for two years (one of which was nearly
washed out due to early Hurricane Katrina rains) and trying out Las
Vegas in 2007, when the Palms Hotel and Casino played host. There
were rumors that this time the awards would be held at the Shrine Auditorium, home to the Emmy Awards, but MTV opted for a bigger and
perhaps less predictable space.