Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is THE place to see a concert these days, even though I haven’t managed to get tickets to anything despite being a ten minute block away. I know lots of people who complained about the bohemoth arena ruining the neighborhood, although I’ve managed to shrug off all of those complaints because it really hasn’t affected my life very much. (Well, there was once some white party, I think, because one night I saw hundreds of people wearing white wandering aimlessly around the Atlantic Center’s shopping compound trying to find the Long Island Rail Road. Since I’m a New Yorker, I ignored them and let them find their own damn way home.) But that might be changing now that the MTV Video Music Awards will take place at the Barclays Center on August 25.
MTV announced the date and location today, and now that there will be a whole slew of famous people of varying degrees roaming around my ‘hood in addition to their fans, I’m a little more weary of Jay-Z’s gigantic stadium so close to home. Of course, I suppose this is a fun treat for the borough, as the VMAs haven’t taken place in New York City for four years. Four years! Who can even remember what life was like back in ’09?!
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, however, is very excited:
"From hip-hop to hipsters, Jay-Z to MGMT, Brooklyn musicians have a long history of dominating the ‘spotlight’ on MTV. Brooklyn is a cultural Mecca — the hippest, coolest place for young people across the country, and has played a crucial role in the careers of some of 2013’s biggest bands, like Fun. and the Lumineers," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in a statement.
"Now, it is only fitting that the first time Brooklyn will ever host a major awards show, we are welcoming the most exciting and talked about spectacle in the music industry … I’m so thrilled that I’ll probably get ‘no sleep till Brooklyn’ hosts the VMAs!"
"No sleep till Brooklyn!" I get it! But I have to say, I’m offended that Markowitz does not identify the Coatesies—my weekly awards show that takes place in my bedroom—as an event worth mentioning in his statement. I mean, Beyoncé has been sweeping!
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