MTV Video Music Awards Returning To New York City

Radio City Music Hall will host the August 31 event.

The date for the 23rd annual MTV Video Music Awards has been set: August 31. And Miami’s two-year stint playing host to the awards show ends as the VMAs return to New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

MTV announced this morning that the VMAs will be back in the Big Apple for a 13th year. The awards will be handed out inside Radio City Music Hall, the storied venue that has housed the event nine times before.

“New York City is our hometown, and we are really looking to showcase the music, culture, and people from every borough of this amazing city on TV, online, broadband, and wireless to fans around the globe,” Christina Norman, president of MTV, said. “The VMAs are always the biggest party of the year and in 2006 we will take the show to unprecedented levels with fans interacting with music and stars through every single screen of MTV.”

The 2006 VMAs will incorporate various platforms, including the MTV, MTV2, and mtvU television outlets, online at MTV.com, MTV Overdrive and mtvÜber and through wireless content.

Information on performers, nominees, presenters and this year’s host will be announced soon.

“We are proud that MTV has made New York City its home for the past 25 years, and once again has selected the Big Apple as host for the 23rd annual MTV Video Music Awards,” commented the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg. “An event of this magnitude and cultural importance will generate tremendous media exposure and, with the thousands of visitors expected, will yield a positive economic impact projected in excess of $25 million.”