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MTV Video Music Awards to return to L.A. after 10-year absence

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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.

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