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The MTV Video Music Awards are heading back to California after being staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last year. The ceremony will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, which just underwent renovations, in August.
“With its incomparable legacy as a world class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California's most iconic entertainment landmarks,” MTV President Stephen Friedman said in a statement. “The Forum has hosted some of the most legendary musical artists and performances ever seen and we can't wait to add the 2014 Video Music Awards to this list and create the type of memorable moments that music fans will talk about for years to come.”
The news was announced on the network with a short, 15-second spot that featured a car with the Moonman statue as a hood ornament. It has the Forum’s iconic facade spray-painted on the hood.
Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons and Kings of Leon have all performed at The Forum since it was reopened in January. The building originally opened in 1967 and had been the home of the Lakers for three decades. It also hosted a long list of legendary artists, from Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones to Madonna and Coldplay.
Last years’ VMAs featured wins for Timberlake and an “NSYNC reunion. However, the most-talked about moment was Miley Cyrus’ coming out party, when she performed with Robin Thicke.
The 2014 MTV VMAs will take place on Aug. 24.