MTV Video Music Awards Returning to Prudential Center in August – Billboard
For the second time in four years, the MTV Video Music Awards will take place in New Jersey. The network announced this Thursday (April 21) that the 2022 VMAs will take place on August 28 and will again be held at the Prudential Center – home arena for the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and NCAA’s Seton Hall Pirates – in Newark.
“We are thrilled to be back in New Jersey for this year’s VMAs live from the Prudential Center,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of music, musical talent, programming and events, Paramount and director of Content, Music, Paramount+, in a statement. “Our 2019 show in Newark was without a doubt one of our biggest and most successful shows to date and we are thrilled to bring back the incredible energy of the fans for one of the most anticipated nights and the most emblematic of music.”
This will be the second time the awards have been held at the Prudential Center, following the 2019 ceremonies. That year’s VMAs were hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco and included New Jersey-specific moments like an award presented by three members of the distribution of The Sopranos (Drea de Matteo, Vincent Pastore and Jamie-Lynn Sigler), a two-song Jonas Brothers set broadcast live from the famed Stone Pony venue in Asbury Park, and a closing medley of a number of the most esteemed natives New Jersey hip-hop: Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Redman, Naughty By Nature and Fetty Wap.
“New Jersey is honored to once again host the MTV Video Music Awards at one of our many world-class entertainment and sports venues,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Our state is proud to have supported the arts and is always looking for opportunities to partner with the entertainment industry to promote economic development and cultural appreciation. On behalf of New Jersey, we welcome artists and VMA attendees in our great state.
This will be the second year of the Video Music Awards returning to a live audience format, following a decentralized 2020 ceremony necessitated by COVID, held in multiple New York locations and featuring multiple performances pre-recorded. In 2021, the awards were held for the second time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the biggest winners of the night being Olivia Rodrigo (song and push performance of the year for “Drivers License”, best new artist), BTS ( best K-pop and song of the summer for “Butter”, group of the year) and Lil Nas X (video of the year and best direction for “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”.
According to the release, the 2022 Video Music Awards will air “on MTV’s global footprint across linear and digital platforms in more than 170 countries and territories.” Neither the host nor any of the performers for this year’s ceremonies have yet been announced.