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The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards: Did you watch?

Last night, actor and comedian Kevin Hart took to the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to host this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. While the VMAs have a history of being pretty over-the-top and flashy, they’re also quite entertaining. Going along with the upcoming presidential election, Hart strutted out in front of the audience with the introduction of “The future President of the United States” while surrounded by a security team of little people. Ridiculous? Yes. But we enjoyed it anyway.
The spectacle included performances from some of our favorite celebrities, including Rihanna, One Direction, and an amazing finale by Taylor Swift. Both Green Day and Alicia Keys premiered new songs, absolutely blowing the crowd away. And even the audience was invited to rush the stage.
In between performances, celebrities like Andy Samberg and Demi Lovato announced category winners. Sadly, some of our favorites didn’t win. So, who did get to take home a VMA Moon Man to display on their mantle? And who was lucky enough to score not one, not two, but three awards? Read on to find out!
Video of the Year
Rihanna, 'We Found Love' (winner and GL’s pick)
Katy Perry, 'Wide Awake'
Gotye, 'Somebody That I Used To Know'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'

M.I.A., 'Bad Girls'

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, 'HYFR' (winner)
Childish Gambino, 'Heartbeat'
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, 'Mercy' (GL’s pick)
Watch the Throne, 'Paris'

Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, 'Beez in the Trap'

Best Male Video
Chris Brown, 'Turn Up the Music' (winner)
Justin Bieber, 'Boyfriend' (GL’s pick)

Frank Ocean, 'Swim Good'
Drake feat. Rihanna, 'Take Care'

Usher, 'Climax'

Best New Artist
One Direction, 'What Makes You Beautiful' (winner and GL’s pick)

Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 'We Are Young'
Carly Rae Jepsen, 'Call Me Maybe'
Frank Ocean, 'Swim Good'
The Wanted, 'Glad You Came'
Catch One Direction’s VMA performance below…
Best Female Video
Nicki Minaj, 'Starships' (winner)

Katy Perry, 'Part of Me'

Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’ (GL’s pick)

Beyoncé, 'Love on Top'
Selena Gomez & The Scene, 'Love You Like a Love Song'
Best Pop Video
One Direction, 'What Makes You Beautiful' (winner and GL’s pick)

Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, 'We Are Young'
Rihanna, 'We Found Love'
Justin Bieber, 'Boyfriend'
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, 'Payphone'
Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, 'Skyscraper' (winner and GL’s pick)

Rise Against, 'Ballad of Hollis Brown"
Kelly Clarkson, 'Dark Side'
Gym Class Heroes, 'The Fighter'
K'Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, 'Is Anybody Out There?'
Lil Wayne, 'How to Love'
Most Share-Worthy Video

One Direction, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (winner)

Justin Bieber, ‘Boyfriend’

Beyonce, ‘Countdown’

Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Call Me Maybe’ (GL’s pick)
Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
It looks like One Direction really stole the show at this year’s VMA’s. Not only did they get to perform, but they also won three Moon Men! Hmmm, we wonder how they’ll decide who gets to keep which…?
Catch Taylor Swift’s VMA performance below…
So, did you tune in last night? Did your favorites win? Blog about it, babes.
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by Katie Lemon | 2/1/2016
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