Following an exhausting cross-country journey, the Moonman has landed.
After hopping on a plane at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning (March 25) and winding his way through New York City, the iconic symbol of the MTV Video Music Awards has just touched down at his home for 2013: Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Yes, this year’s VMAs will take place on Sunday, August 25, at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.
But you probably already knew that, if you’ve been following the series of selfies the Moonman posted all morning using the hashtag #RoadToTheVMAs. The long day’s journey into BK began at the crack of dawn on the West Coast at LAX, where Moonie hopped a plane, departing his home for the past three years.
He touched down at noon at JFK International Airport, then jumped in a cab, zipping over to MTV’s Times Square headquarters where he hung around for about 15 minutes before hopping on a Brooklyn-bound D train.
It’s been four years since the Moonman — and by extension, of course, the VMAs — spent any significant time in the city, so he did some sightseeing around 1 p.m. ET and took a classic shot of himself on the Brooklyn Bridge. The next stop was a photo-op chronicling his visit to one of BK’s legendary spots: graffiti artist Cern One’s “Comandante Biggie” mural commemorating the Notorious B.I.G., on the side of the Not Ray’s Pizza Building in the Fort Greene neighborhood.
The journey ended around 1:30 p.m. ET at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where the 30th annual VMAs will make history as the first major annual awards show to take place in the borough.
“From hip-hop to hipsters, Jay- Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ’spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural Mecca — the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest bands, like Fun. and the Lumineers,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in a statement.
“Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry … I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ’no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!”
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