MTV puts VMAs videos on Vevo in unexpected partnership


Vevo’s desire to become the home of all music-related videos – not just ‘music videos’ – got a boost this weekend.

MTV has posted a number of performances from this weekend’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) through Vevo.

It’s a departure from MTV’s usual strategy of restricting such videos to its own digital channels, but Variety suggests the partnership may make sense for the Viacom-owned network.

“The network has lost nearly half of its 18-49 audience over the past five years, and the VMAs as its flagship event haven’t fared much better. Five years ago, the awards show still attracted 12.4 million viewers. Last year, that number had slipped to just five million,” its report noted.

“Vevo on the other hand has a pretty massive reach online, thanks in large part to its distribution partnerships with YouTube, Facebook and others.”

The performance videos on YouTube are under the artists’ Vevo-branded channels though: ArianaGrandeVevo, BritneySpearsVevo and so on, rather than on an MTV-branded channel.

Stuart Dredge

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