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MTV’s VMA Awards Head to Brooklyn

Kudocast's move highlights the borough's resurgence as a cultural hub

MTV is moving the Video Music Awards back to Gotham for the 2013 kudos fest, but this time to a new borough — Brooklyn.

Cabler announced the move today with an Instagram photo.

Program will air live from the Barclays Center on Aug. 25, the 30th anniversary of the music awards show. Given that this subset of New York has been home to music icons from Jay-Z to Neil Diamond, MTV felt Brooklyn would be a great fit for the show and broadcast.

“From a vibrant musical scene for up and coming artists to epic concerts by today’s biggest stars and the triumphant return of pro sports to the borough after nearly 60 years, Brooklyn has re-emerged as a cultural capitol where music, sports and entertainment history is made every day,” said Stephen Friedman, prexy of MTV.  “We can’t wait to help write the next chapter on August 25th, when one of the biggest nights in music happens in Brooklyn… for the very first time.”

Gotham Mayor Michael Bloomberg cited the economic boost that the kudocast will have on the borough.

“Bringing the VMAs to Brooklyn will mean hundreds of jobs as crews work on the production and provide a boost to our local economy as attendees stay in hotels, visit local eateries and experience all Brooklyn and our city have to offer.”

The 2011 and 2012 VMAs took place in Los Angeles.

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