MTV announced Thursday that the 33rd annual Video Music Awards will air Sunday, Aug. 28, live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. This year’s incarnation will mark the ceremony’s return to New York after three years in Southern California, and its first-ever appearance at the famed Manhattan venue.
“The ‘VMAs’ at MSG is a New York story too good to resist,” MTV president Sean Atkins said in a press release. “The VMAs deliver some of pop culture’s most defining moments and we’re grateful to our New York home and Madison Square Garden for rolling out the red carpet for what is sure to be the biggest night in music.”
The VMAs hosted its first two iterations, in 1984 and 1985, at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and throughout its history the show has flipped between the Big Apple and Los Angeles. (Miami and Las Vegas have also hosted for one year apiece.) “We are excited that MTV will bring the VMAs back to its original home of New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in the release.
Hosted by Miley Cyrus, the 2015 VMAs offered up plenty of memorable moments, including Taylor Swift’s reconciliation with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West’s infamous declaration that he’d run for president, and Cyrus’ curveball announcement that she’d dropped a surprise album.