While many states are mired in record setting numbers of new virus cases, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken control and deciding who and what can open and when and how they can open.

On June 29, Governor Cuomo announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will go on.  The newly named “Moon Person” (formerly Moonman) award will be presented from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York on August 30.

The Governor also announced that the event will follow all safety guidelines with a limited audience or maybe even no one in the audience.

A spokesperson for MTV noted that the health and safety of all involved was their primary concern.

President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks Bruce Gillmer spoke on the announcement saying via press release, “we’re elated to bring the 2020 ‘VMAs’ back to NYC, the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA.”

The Video Music Awards will be the first live event to be held at the Barclay’s Center since the venue closed over the Covid-19 pandemic.   It will mark the second that the Barclay’s Center would be the site of the MTV Awards.