Entertainment Music MTV Says 2020 Video Music Awards Will Not Be Held at Barclays Center in New York The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET By Ally Mauch Published on August 8, 2020 11:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email 2019 MTV Video Music Awards . The 2020 Video Music Awards will not be held indoors at New York’s Barclays Center as previously planned, MTV announced on Friday. Instead, the annual awards show will feature live outdoor performances throughout the city with limited or no audiences — adhering to New York’s health guidelines put forth to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “The 2020 VMAs will be held on Sunday, August 30th and pay homage to the incredible resiliency of New York with several outdoor performances around the City with limited or no audience, adhering to all state and city guidelines,” MTV said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. The network had previously announced that the awards show would be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after it was granted a go-ahead from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amid the ongoing pandemic. Keke Palmer Tapped to Host the 2020 MTV VMAs After Strahan, Sara & Keke Cancellation However, the network has since decided the outdoor performances “would be more feasible and safer.” The statement continued, “In close consultation with state and local health officials, it became clear at this time that outdoor performances with limited or no audience would be more feasible and safer than an indoor event. The VMAs will highlight the boroughs in an exciting show and return to Barclays Center in 2021. MTV will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, state and local officials, the medical community, and key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all involved.” Earlier this month, it was announced that BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin are among the first slate of artists set to perform at the annual fan-voted awards show. BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin. Rich Fury/Getty; Jon Kopaloff/Getty; Neilson Barnard/Getty Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga Lead 2020 VMA Noms as Show Introduces New Categories amid Pandemic Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations. Along with the usual categories — including video of the year, artist of the year, song of the year, best collaboration and more — MTV has added two new categories aimed at honoring music created during the pandemic: best music video from home and best quarantine performance. The 2020 VMAs, hosted by Keke Palmer, is set to air live on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET. 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.