The "2002 MTV Video Music Awards" will remain home in New York City this year, airing live from Radio City Music Hall. This marks the fourth straight year that the VMA's will emanate from New York City, yet this year it takes on special meaning to be in the heart of New York City.
Out of respect for the one year anniversary of the events of 9/11, MTV's most visible awards show will move, for this year only, up one week to August 29, 2002 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). Historically, the Video Music Awards have aired on the first Thursday in September.
"Our plan is to throw the last big bash of the summer with the Video Music Awards occurring right here in our own backyard," said Mr. Toffler. "By bringing together artists, fans and the city's creative community for MTV's biggest night of the year, we hope to show our love and support for the place we truly call home every day."
"As the music capital of the world and MTV's home base, there is no better place on earth to host MTV's annual music awards extravaganza," said Mayor Bloomberg. "This star-studded event has become one of New York City's signature awards shows. New York City's love of music and appreciation of the entertainment industry knows no boundaries and we look forward to another spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall this August."
"Radio City Music Hall hosting the MTV Awards is like the ultimate New York blind date. It can be sexy, elegant, unpredictable and have fireworks that can only happen in New York," said Joel Peresman, SVP, Entertainment, Radio City Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be hosting the upcoming 2002 VMAs and look forward to one of the best shows yet."