"I see nothing wrong with liking things that other people like. Solidarity can be cool. I'm not judging you. You're still an individual. I'll even call you Indie if that makes you feel better." - FRANK OCEAN
2012 VMA Eligibility Period: July 1, 2011 - July 2, 2012???
According to (this article, that's the eligibility year that's been sent to record labels, which is kinda weird since last year, according to MTV, the cutoff date last year was June 24, 2011 (see here).
It makes sense they'd move the 2012 cutoff point since the VMAs are a week later this year, but if the 2011 date is July 1, then that would mean that videos that premiered between June 25 and June 30, 2011, will have never been in eligibility for a VMA. Not that much would be lost there (only notable snub I could think of is Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall," which is way better than any of the other videos they released this eligibility year), but it's still strange.
Let's wait and see if MTV says anything about eligibility this year...
VMAs belong in the Radio City Music Hall or in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (as long as they're in NYC) because that way stage design turns out better and smarter (think Paparazzi 2009, Ring The Alarm 2006, Slave 4 u 2001, etc). Anytime MTV tries to make them in LA or Miami we get flop awards like 2004, 2005, 2010 and the infamous 2007 show (except for Rihanna). If you saw them you remember how ****** they were. When they're held in big arenas it just looks like a silly version of one of the lesser awards.
Only thing that could save them is Gaga performing her single for the first time there.