NEW YORK, April 21 (UPI) -- MTV says the next MTV Video Music Awards is to air Aug. 28 live from Manhattan's Madison Square Garden for the first time in the show's 33-year history.
"The VMAs at MSG is a New York story too good to resist," Sean Atkins, president of MTV, said in a statement Thursday. "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. You can be assured we are going to put on a show that celebrates the city and that creates yet another seminal moment in music history at this iconic venue."
"We are excited that MTV will bring the VMAs back to its original home of New York City," added Mayor Bill de Blasio. "From the red carpet to the accolades to the performances -- and everything in between -- the VMAs are an incredible showcase for so many talented artists. It also goes without saying that hosting the awards in our city means a boost to our small businesses and restaurants and more jobs for the thousands of crew members who work to bring the show into homes around the world."
"We are thrilled to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards to the world's most famous arena for the first time," remarked David O'Connor, president and chief executive officer of the Madison Square Garden Company. "Madison Square Garden has been known throughout its history for inspiring the greatest performers and sports icons to break records and make history, and we have no doubt that the MTV VMAs -- so celebrated for its exciting and unexpected mix of music and entertainment -- will add an unforgettable chapter to that unparalleled legacy."
2016 will mark the 16th time the MTV VMAs have aired from New York, including most recently the 2013 MTV VMAs, which took place in Brooklyn. New York is the original home of the VMAs, with the first show hosted in 1984 at Radio City Music Hall.
The ceremony has since been held in various cities, including Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas.