2019 VMA’s Move from New York to New Jersey

The MTV 'Video Music Awards' are Crossing the Hudson to Newark

Image Courtesy of Viacom.

Finally, New Jersey is getting some recognition. The 2019 VMA’s are set for Aug. 26 at the Prudential Center in Newark. The awards feature the industry’s biggest stars, live performances and infamous red carpets. The VMA’s in previous years have either been in LA or NYC.

“New Jersey has an incredible music heritage and is home to some of the world’s biggest artists including ‘Chairman of the Board’ Frank Sinatra, ‘The Boss’ Bruce Springsteen, Queen Latifah, Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, the Jonas Brothers, the Fugees, and Halsey. The list is wide and endless,” said Bruce Gillmer, MTV VMA executive producer, in a statement. “Now the moon person plants its flag to celebrate all that New Jersey has given to music fans around the globe.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the music and entertainment industry’s brightest stars to Prudential Center, the City of Newark, and the State of New Jersey,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the owners of the Prudential Center, in a statement. “Once again, the eyes of the music industry will turn to one of the Top 10 busiest arenas in the world, Prudential Center. We look forward to continuing to tell the story of this world-renowned venue and the positive change it has generated through music and entertainment in Newark and across the State of New Jersey.”

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“We are incredibly proud to host one of the music industry’s most celebrated and adored awards shows, the VMAs, at Prudential Center, the home of sports and entertainment in New Jersey and one of the world’s most popular touring locations,” said Sean Saadeh, EVP of Entertainment at Prudential Center in a statement. “The star power of the performers and attendees we expect at this year’s VMAs mirrors the incredible talent that graces our stage at the more than 175 events that play Prudential Center annually. This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the musical heritage of New Jersey and the Tri-State Region.”

I personally hope they highlight New Jersey’s wide range of music history (and not the cast of Jersey Shore) during the show.  Maybe Newark can get a performance by the Fugees?

Will you be watching?

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