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FX Upfronts

NEW YORK CITY - MARCH 15: Desmin Borges attends FX Networks 2018 Annual All-Star Talent Party and "Trust" screening at the SVA Theater on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/FX)

2016 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

  2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet

2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet2016 MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet at Madsion Square Garden on August 28, 2016. (Photos by Ben Hider)

Ben Hider - Event, Food and Portrait Photographer based in New York City and Westchester

An MTV Video Music Award (commonly abbreviated as a VMA) is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium. Originally conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards (in the video category), the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the "Super Bowl for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year. By 2001, the VMA had become a coveted award. The statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV, and colloquially called a "moonman". The statue was conceived by Manhattan Design—also designers of the original MTV logo—based on the 1981 "Top of the Hour" animation created by Fred Seibert, produced by Alan Goodman, and produced by Buzz Potamkin at Buzzco Associates. The statue is now made by New York firm, Society Awards. Since the 2006 ceremony, viewers are able to vote for their favorite videos in all general categories by visiting MTV's website.

The annual VMA ceremony occurs before the end of summer and held either in late August or mid-September, and broadcast live on MTV, along with simulcasts on MTV's sister networks to nullify in-house competition. The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. The ceremonies are normally held in either New York City or Los Angeles. However, the ceremonies have also been hosted in Miami and Las Vegas.

"Captive" Premiere New York

"Captive" New York Premiere "Captive" New York Premiere "Captive" New York Premiere "Captive" New York Premiere NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Actor David Oyelowo and Actress Kate Mara attends the 'Captive' New York premiere at Sheen Center on September 14, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/FilmMagic)

Ben Hider - Event and Portrait Photographer based in New York City and Westchester