It’s official: The Moon Person has landed on East Coast soil. On April 17, New York City officials and MTV celebrated the return of the MTV VMAs to New York’s Radio City Music Hall—home of the inaugural VMA ceremony in 1984.
A symbolic “moon landing” was held on Manhattan’s Avenue of the America’s under the venue’s marquee to commemorate the reunion of MTV and NYC.
Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin today joined the iconic VMA Moon Person; Bruce Gillmer, Global Head of Music/Talent, Co-Brand Lead, MTV International; and Darren Pfeffer, Executive Vice President of MSG live, to announce the location of the 2018 VMAs. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV)
“New York City’s creative energy has always fueled those who live and work here. This is where music, film, and art collide and where the Video Music Awards were born,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “There is no better place to host the MTV VMAs than in New York City at one of the most iconic venues in the world.”
These poignant musical moments stood out to Billboard critics: Kendrick Lamar’s raw, rapid-fire delivery of DNA and Humble at the VMAs; the moment when Logic, Alessia Cara and Khalid sang out for suicide prevention (also at the VMAs); New Edition’s epic reunion performance at the BET Awards (a swaggering fusion of OG members and the cast of BET’s biopic, The New Edition Story), Camila Cabello’s EMA performance of Havana; and Missy Elliot’s old-school rendering of her classic banger She’s a Bitch at the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors.
Let’s take another look at these phenomenal performances. Here are Billboard’s top Viacom picks:
Kendrick Lamar, “DNA.” / “HUMBLE.” (MTV VMAs)
Logic feat. Alessia Cara and Khalid, “1-800-273-8255” (MTV VMAs)
New Edition Medley (BET Awards)
Camila Cabello, “Havana” (MTV Europe Music Awards)
For the first time ever, Viacom’s social impact umbrella Viacommunity held a company-wide intern contest to choose the Viacommunity correspondent at MTV’s 2014 VMAs! Interns wrote to Viacommunity about the importance of talking with celebs about giving back to raise the volume on social causes. It was a timely effort, as the 2013 VMA show-stealing Miley Cyrus dedicated her presence at this year’s show to social issues, by sending a homeless young man to accept her award on her behalf.
The winner, Casey Waslasky, describes his once-in-a-life time experience below, and we’ve included some footage from his interviews above. Thanks Casey for charming everyone on camera and off, and bringing attention to the importance of community involvement. Read More
As conversations about last year’s twerk-tastic Video Music Awards wind down (though they will never erase from memory, entirely), the year’s biggest celebration of pop music returned this weekend, leaving us with fresh fodder for conversation and pop culture references. Among its many notable moments, there was a breathtaking performance from Queen Bey, who was joined by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, giving us a touching glimpse of the First Family of Hip-Hop… a moving moment when Common, presenter of the Moonman for Best Hip Hop video, talked about Ferguson and asked the audience to take a moment of silence to remember Michael Brown… and a stirring performance from Usher, who was joined on-stage by Nicki Minaj. Read More