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VMA AWARDS BEING IN PERSON DESPITE COVID-19 CONCERNS

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IT WILL BE A NICE DISTRACTION FROM SOCIETY’S NEW NORMAL.

As the world continues to adapt to the necessary changes caused by this year’s coronavirus pandemic, live events have taken a particularly hard hit. Music festivals, concerts, and film releases have mostly gone virtual. However, one major exception is this year’s Video Music Awards hosted by MTV. The award show is scheduled to take place in New York on August 30, 2020. Will this inspire other major public events to push forward as an in-person rather than virtual occurrences?

Several major celebrities are likely to attend the VMA’s including Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande who are celebrating their recent song release “Rain On Me”. Could we even see the likes of Harry Styles belting out “Watermelon Sugar” and Lewis Capaldi serenading us with “Before You Go”? This will definitely make for an interesting award show given the current pandemic. It will be a nice distraction from society’s new normal way of life in quarantine to witness musical artists at their best performing on stage at the VMAs.

While it hasn’t been announced yet, it is uncertain whether any audience members will be in attendance other than the nominated artists. Likely social distancing protocols as well as masks may be required for any who do attend the show. One thing is for sure, though: the show will not be the same without a packed audience of fans singing along with the lyrics of their favorite songs by the world’s top music makers. Seeing the camera pan across the faces of the crowd at the VMAs provides the show with an undeniable energy. Who could forget Taylor Swift standing up to dance along with the performers on stage? This year’s Video Music Awards, just like 2020, will be unpredictable.