MTV VMA Recap and Winner List

09/07/2012
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MTV held their annual Video Music Awards last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. For those that missed it, the network sent over this recap and the winner list:

The "2012 MTV Video Music Awards" was a night of musical firsts with the debut TV performances of new songs by Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Green Day and more.

Rihanna, who took home the biggest prize of the night, "Video of the Year," for "We Found Love," opened the show with a sultry performance of "Cockiness (Love It)" featuring A$AP Rocky." She then turned the arena into a huge dance party, performing her VMA award-winning song, "We Found Love," with mega-hit producer and "2012 VMA house D.J." Calvin Harris, who won a VMA of his own for "Best Electronic Dance Music Video."

The Young Money crew also had a night of successes, as Nicki Minaj won "Best Female Video," and Drake featuring Lil Wayne scored "Best Hip Hop Video." Coldplay garnered "Best Rock Video," and VMA pre-show performer Demi Lovato took home "Best Video with a Message."

A gravity-defying P!nk got the party started from a flying trapeze, performing her chart-topping hit "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)." Rising R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean took the stage for an intimate performance of his single "Thinking Of You," off his debut album. Accompanied only by a guitarist, it was an enchanting performance by the VMA newcomer.

U.K. sensation One Direction, took home three Moonmen for "Best New Artist," voted on live throughout the show, "Best Pop Video," and first-time VMA fan voted social media category, "Most Share-Worthy Video" presented by Bing, ascended from beneath the stage to a throng of screaming fans, and performed their hit single "One Thing" on a platform high above the audience.

Hip-hop rising star 2 Chainz took to the VMA stage for the first time ever, and together with Lil Wayne, ignited the audience with a performance of "Yuck," followed by Lil Wayne's new single "No Worries," from his highly anticipated mix tape, "D4." In a pulsating performance from the center of a writhing human mosh pit, Green Day rocked out to their new song "Let Yourself Go."

Alicia Keys' electrifying performance of new single "Girl on Fire" featured a surprise appearance by Nicki Minaj, and was accompanied by U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas, who performed her gold medal-winning moves on stage.

Taylor Swift closed out the epic evening with a fun performance of her new smash single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" that brought the entire crowd to their feet. Starting the song in a recording booth, Swift was soon draped by a team of backup dancers as they paraded down the stage with a shower of flower petals raining on the wall of hi-def screens behind them. Swift then crowd dived into the crowd at STAPLES Center amid a sea of confetti.


The "2012 VMA" award winners are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris
Title: "We Found Love"

BEST NEW ARTIST
One Direction
Title: "What Makes You Beautiful"

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Nicki Minaj
Title: "Starships"

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake featuring Lil Wayne
Title: "HYFR"

BEST POP VIDEO
One Direction
Title: "What Makes You Beautiful"

BEST ROCK VIDEO?
Coldplay
Title: "Paradise"

BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris
Title: "Feel So Close"

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Demi Lovato
Title: "Skyscraper"

MOST SHARE-WORTHY VIDEO (Presented by Bing)
One Direction
Title: "What Makes You Beautiful"

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST EDITING
Beyonce
Title: "Countdown"
Editing by Alexander Hammer & Jeremiah Shuff

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Skrillex
Title: "First of the Year (Equinox)"
Visual Effects by Deka Bros & Tony T. Datis

BEST ART DIRECTION
Katy Perry
Title: "Wide Awake"
Art-Direction by Benji Bamps

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