2012 MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards celebrate the year's biggest music videos with a number of live performances and celebrities. Click to see photos from one of music's biggest nights.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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One Direction performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards. The boy band from across the pond won big tonight along with their fellow nominees. Click to see more winners, performances, and celebrities on one of music's biggest nights.
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Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs. Nicki Minaj went home away with the Best Female Video award for her song "Starships."
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Host Kevin Hart, left, and Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard are seen onstage at the MTV VMAs. Howard made a guest appearance and gives Hart his jersey as a gift.
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Singer Rihanna accepts the award for Video of the Year onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Taylor Swift poses as she performs at the 2012 VMAs.
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Musician Taylor Swift goes crowd surfing as she performs at the 2012 VMAs.
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One Direction was the biggest winner at the 2012 VMAs walking away with awards for Best New Artist, Most Share-worthy Video, and Best Pop Video, all for their song "What Makes You Beautiful."
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Musician Alicia Keys performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Olympian Gabrielle Douglas performs onstage at the 2012 VMAs. Gabrielle Douglass and the rest of the womens gymnastics team attended the ceremony.
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Singer Niall Horan of One Direction shares a kiss with singer Katy Perry after he accepted the award for the "Best Pop Video."
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Actors Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg speak onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Singer Chris Brown accepts the award for Best Male Video onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Kevin Hart and Psy perform onstage during the 2012 VMAs. Psy, the Korean pop artist, gained mainstream popularity in the states after his video, "Gangnam Style", went viral and sparked hundreds of parodies and covers.
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Lil Wayne, right, and 2 Chainz perform onstage at the 2012 VMAs.
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Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs.
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Pink performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs. Descending to the stage on a huge pair of lips, Pink sings around dancers donned in lip costumes.
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The audience holds up light up lips as Pink performs at the 2012 VMAs.
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Frank Ocean performs onstage during the 2012 VMAs. Ocean has garnered critical and commercial success with his debut album "Channel Orange" and is vying for a "Best New Artist" award at the ceremony.
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Drake accepts the award for Best Hip Hop Video onstage during the VMAs.
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Singer Rihanna performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Rihanna opened the VMAs with an impressive performance. Rihanna is currently in the running to win the Moon Man award in several categories.
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Singer Pink performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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Host Kevin Hart dives into the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Rihanna dances and sings at the VMAs.
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Singer Katy Perry speaks onstage at the VMAs as she announces the winner of the "Best Pop Video" award.
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The members of boy band One Direction pose as they arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards. One Direction has dominated the airwaves recently and are in the running to win "Best New Artist." Click through to see more photos from one of music's biggest nights.
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose arrive on the red carpet at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, where they announced they are having a baby. Rose wore a fitted lace column dress that highlighted her baby bump.
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Psy shows off his dance moves at the 2012 MTV VMAs. Psy and his video, "Gangnam Style," have gone viral, causing people everywhere to break out in dance.
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RuPaul arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Miley Cyrus arrives at the VMAs.
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Singer Pink arrives at the 2012 MTV VMAs.
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Alicia Keys arrives at the 2012 MTV VMAs.
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Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the MTV VMAs.
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Recording artist Ne-Yo arrives at the 2012 MTV VMAs.
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Actress/singer Kat Graham arrives at the 2012 MTV VMAs.
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Demi Lovato arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and wins for the "Best Video with a Message" award.
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McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabby Douglas and Alexandra Raisman arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Musicians Andrew Dost, Nate Ruess and Jack Antonoff of the band Fun arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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(L-R) Musicians Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day arrive at the 2012 VMAs.
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Singers Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Max George and Jay McGuiness of the musical group The Wanted arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Regina Spektor attends the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Ke$ha attends the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Emma Watson arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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