The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) returned to New Jersey’s Prudential Center in September for its biggest and most striking show yet. The event celebrated acts from across the globe including Beyoncé, BLACKPINK, and Taylor Swift – including a tribute to 50 years of hip hop featuring Run-D.M.C., Slick Rick, and Grandmaster Flash, among others. EMMY Award-winning Production Designer, Matt Steinbrenner and Lighting Designer, Tom Sutherland were among the key personnel responsible for creating and designing this year’s production, which saw 16 captivating performances across two identical stages. Speaking to TPi, the two acclaimed designers share their insight into the creative process.
This article originally appeared in issue #278 of TPi, which you can read here.
Words: Jacob Waite
Photos: Getty Images for MTV