First major award show marks return to Southern California.
Making its way back to the West Coast, MTV announced that the 2014 Video Music Awards will be held at the Forum on August 24.
The award show will be the first MTV event held in the newly renovated venue in Inglewood.
The annual live celebration of music will air live from the Forum, presented by Chase. Continuing on the success of last year’s #RoadToTheVMAs social media and communications campaign, Wednesday’s announcement was made with a creative video unveiling the location of this year’s show via MTV’s various social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
"I am thrilled to welcome the MTV Video Music Awards to the Forum in Inglewood," James T. Butts, mayor of Inglewood, told the press. "Since its reopening in January, the Fabulous Forum has become the destination for music-lovers in Southern California. A truly historic location, and home to some of the greatest concerts and sporting events, the Forum is back, better than ever and ready to shine for decades more. We are truly excited to shine a spotlight on the reinvented Forum and on our great city."
Stephen Friedman, president of MTV, added, “With its incomparable legacy as a world class music venue, the Forum is one of Southern California’s most iconic entertainment landmarks. 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."
“We are thrilled to welcome the VMAs to the ‘Fabulous’ Forum for the first time,” said Sid Greenfeig, senior vice president, West Coast business operations, the Forum. “The VMAs are one of the year’s biggest celebrations of music and entertainment. What better place to showcase this international spectacle than the Forum – a venue known around the world as having hosted some of the biggest names in music and a venue that continues – with the recent completion of its reinvention – to deliver an unrivaled experience for both artists and music fans.”
The Fabulous Forum reopened in January 2014 following a comprehensive reinvention which has resulted in a world-class entertainment venue that bridges its iconic past with today's state-of-the-art technology and amenities. The renovation of the Forum has created the largest and most important indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. New amenities include: a completely modernized arena bowl with superior acoustics; approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings; lavish new VIP clubs; a 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace; and seven star-caliber dressing rooms as well as a return to the venue’s original exterior color – now officially known as “Forum red.”
Since its re-opening in January, the Forum has hosted some of the biggest names in music and entertainment including a sold-out, six-night residency by the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons, Paul Simon & Sting and Kings of Leon.
First opening in 1967, the Forum was the home court for the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship teams, and has hosted some of the greatest musical performers of all time, including The Rolling Stones, Eagles, The Jackson 5, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Van Halen, The Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Prince and many others.
Having the awards show at the Forum is just another first for the VMAs. Last year was the first time the show took place in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which featured Miley Cyrus’ career-changing performance with Robin Thicke.
The first MTV Video Music Awards aired in 1984, and was an instant hit, creating the most influential and at times, the most controversial, annual live celebration of music in the world. No other award show has been responsible for creating more memorable or bigger musical moments in pop culture history than the MTV Video Music Awards.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards shattered previous records across MTV's web, mobile and social channels at the time, ranking as the biggest VMA day in history in terms of total visitors, page views and streams. More than 4 million fans visited VMA content on MTV.com, mobile web and MTV app generating more than 15 million total streams – five times higher than the previous year’s show day – with the live stream portion now ranking as the biggest in Viacom's history.
For more information, visit www.fabulousforum.com.