Entertainment Music MTV to Hold Socially Distanced VMAs in August with 'Limited Capacity or No Audience' in N.Y.C. The awards show is scheduled for Aug. 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on June 30, 2020 02:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Lizzo performs onstage during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center on August 26, 2019, in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty MTV is moving forward with its annual Video Music Awards by following extensive safety precautions amid the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Monday, the network announced that the awards show will be held on Sunday, August 30, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event was granted a go-ahead from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who first revealed the news in his press conference on Monday. The show will "pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of N.Y.C. and its beloved residents," while t0-be-determined artists perform at locations throughout the city for the broadcast. "We’re elated to bring the 2020 VMAs back to N.Y.C., the cultural mecca of the world where music and entertainment are woven into the DNA,” said Bruce Gillmer, president of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events for ViacomCBS Media Networks, in a statement. To ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, producers and venue staff will work with local officials to facilitate "extensive social distancing procedures, meaningful capacity limitations, the virtualization of components where possible, and limited capacity or no audience." A Running List of Every Festival, Sporting Event and Show Canceled or Postponed in the Wake of the Coronavirus Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories "The 2020 MTV VMAs will be the first Barclays Center event since the COVID-19 pandemic reached New York," said Oliver Weisberg, CEO of Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets, in a statement. "We're very excited to once again host this legendary night of music, and are especially proud of the impact it will have on our Brooklyn community through the creation of local jobs." Added Weisberg: "We deeply appreciate the support and advice of state and local government officials, as well as our internal management and team of medical experts, all of whom have been working hard to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, and we will continue to closely follow their guidance throughout every step of the planning process with our partners at ViacomCBS." Last year's VMAs were hosted at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with top prizes that went to Taylor Swift (video of the year), Ariana Grande (artist of the year), Billie Eilish (best new artist) and Lil Nas X (song of the year). RELATED VIDEO: Kelsea Ballerini Calls Chase Rice 'Selfish' for Performing Tennessee Concert During Pandemic Jimmy Kimmel Will Host the 2020 Emmys in September: 'We Are Doing It' The announcement comes after several other awards shows and major events were either canceled altogether or postponed during the pandemic. The Tony Awards nixed its June showtime, and the Oscars pushed back its ceremony by two months, now instead slated for April 2021. The Emmy Awards will still air in September. On Sunday, the 2020 BET Awards aired a virtual broadcast, honoring the music industry while staying home. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.