day showing it making the journey from last year's venue, Staples Center in Los Angeles, to Brooklyn. Included were shots at LAX and JFK
In the last nine years, the VMAs have been held in seven different venues in five different cities. The last three years have been in L.A., last year at Staples and, for the two years before that, Nokia Theater. When broadcast from New York, the last time was 2009, it has been at Radio City Music Hall, which has hosted the awards show 11 times, and the Metropolitan Opera House, which was host twice.
Last year's show took a significant hit in the ratings, dropping to 6.13 million viewers after a record-setting 12.4 million viewers tuned in in 2011, according to Nielsen. Prior to last year, the show had a strong of five consecutive years of ratings increases.