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MTV Video Music Awards Return to New Jersey's Prudential Center with Epic Performances

In a highly anticipated announcement, MTV revealed that the prestigious MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) will be making a grand return to the iconic Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12, this year's VMAs promise an evening of show-stopping surprises and unforgettable performances from music's biggest stars.

As the countdown begins for the 2023 MTV VMAs, excitement builds among music enthusiasts and industry insiders alike. With a global broadcast spanning more than 150 countries, the VMAs have established themselves as an international sensation, captivating millions of viewers around the world. This annual event celebrates the best music videos of the past year and is renowned for its star-studded guest list and breathtaking stage productions.

Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events at Paramount and Chief Content Officer, Music at Paramount+, expressed his excitement about returning to the Prudential Center and sharing this momentous night with New Jersey's devoted fans. Gillmer's enthusiasm echoes the sentiment shared by music enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the VMAs.

The Prudential Center, a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, takes immense pride in hosting the 40th Annual MTV Video Music Awards. Recognized as a premier destination for various high-profile events, the Prudential Center's state-of-the-art facilities ensure an unparalleled experience for both artists and attendees. Jake Reynolds, President of the Prudential Center, spoke glowingly about the venue's standing and its commitment to delivering an extraordinary event.

Sean Saadeh, EVP of Entertainment at the Prudential Center, expressed genuine excitement about welcoming back the VMAs to New Jersey. Recalling the success of the previous year's show, Saadeh eagerly anticipates the surprises and remarkable performances that await this year's audience. “As Prudential Center continues to position itself as a top five venue in the world, we could not be more thankful for the strong relationship we have established with the entire VMAs’ team,” he added.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy emphasized the state's long-standing reputation as a premier venue for large-scale entertainment events. Governor Murphy expressed pride in partnering with Paramount to showcase the VMAs to a global audience. Moreover, he highlighted the positive impact the event will have on the local economy, as the influx of visitors is expected to boost local businesses and communities.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka acknowledged Newark's historic significance as a “hotbed” of musical talent and expressed his excitement about hosting the VMAs. Mayor Baraka underscored the city's role as a catalyst for artistic expression, noting its contribution to various genres, from America's first-known composer in 1759 to the vibrant jazz scene of the 1920s.

Hosting the VMAs in Newark further solidifies its status as a cultural epicenter. Attendees can anticipate an evening of extraordinary performances and a celebration of music's finest talents that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on all those in attendance.

The VMAs will be broadcasted across MTV's extensive global network, reaching over 319 million households. Fans can expect updates and additional details about the event to be announced closer to the show.

To stay informed, followers can connect with @MTV and @VMAs on social media using the hashtags #VMAs.

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