MTV, an American cable television network, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday.
A large-scale Moon Person inspired by a 2021 special edition Moon Person designed by American Artist Kehinde Wiley will be unveiled at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida to commemorate the occasion.
“Since MTV first launched at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, and debuted with footage of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, the Moon Person has symbolized the brand’s spirit of adventure and foray into new worlds,” a news release said.
“Wiley reimagined the iconic Moon Person for MTV’s 40th anniversary and the special award will be given to the winners at the 2021 MTV VMAs. The large-scale MTV Moon Person that will live at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is inspired by his design.”
Wiley is the first African American artist to paint an official portrait of President Barack Obama of the United States.
MTV began as a channel that broadcasted music videos 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with segments hosted by video jockeys, or VJs.
Later, the channel evolved into a home for reality shows, game shows, and scripted young-adult dramas. It also gives out annual music, film, and television awards in televised broadcasts, and was previously known as the Moon Man, but is now referred to as a Moon Person.
Several former MTV VJs — including Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood and Alan Hunter — host programs on SiriusXM’s ’80son8 pop music channel. Another MTV alum, Kennedy, is now a Fox Business/Fox News personality.