The MTV Video Music Awards, also known as the VMAs, debuted at Radio City Music Hall in 1984 and this year marks the program’s 40th anniversary. After a hiatus in 2018, the award show returns to New York, taking place at the UBS Arena in Queens on September 10.

Governor Kathy Hochul expressed excitement about hosting the VMAs in New York State, highlighting the event’s history and its celebration of music video artistry. This milestone event will showcase the creativity and innovation that define the state’s cultural landscape.

This year’s VMAs promise to be especially thrilling as it marks the show’s 40th anniversary and the first time it ventures out to Long Island. Additionally, it’s the inaugural awards show hosted at the UBS Arena, adding to the excitement.

While the host and nominees are yet to be announced, there are suggestions to honor the event’s anniversary. Bringing back past hosts or performers like Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler or Cyndi Lauper, whose iconic song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” won best female video in 1984, could add to the nostalgia and celebration of the event.

Details about tickets are still forthcoming, but expect updates from outlets like TicketMaster in the near future. Keep an eye out for more news on how to attend this special 40th-anniversary edition of the VMAs.

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