Peace to the West Coast, but this year the MTV Video Music Awards are headed to the home of the Notorious B.I.G. The MTV Moonman began his cross-country trek at LAX airport on Monday morning, crossing the Brooklyn bridge and even stopping by the Biggie Mural before he landed at the Barclays Center, where the VMAs will broadcast live on August 25.
The last time the VMAs were held in NYC was four years ago, so the Moonman had to get reacquainted with the city and the borough of Brooklyn. Before heading to the Nets’ stadium, he made a pit spot at graffiti artist Cern One’s “Comandante Biggie” mural which is painted on the side of Not Ray’s Pizza Building in Fort Greene.
With Jay-Z’s involvement in launching the Barclays Center, it’s sure to be a momentous occasion for the borough and its proud residents. “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,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said 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!”