The MTV Video Music Awards reaffirmed the world's love for One Direction, honoured some Canadian talent and showcased the zany style choices of famous musicians. Last night, there were a few memorable live performances, plenty of award winners and enough special moments to quench our award show thirst until next year. Hosted by Kevin Hart, the MTV VMAs were broadcasted from the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles on September 6. Missed the show? Here are the important highlights:
- The boys of One Direction were big winners. Taking home three awards (Best New Artist, Most Share-worthy Video and Best Pop Video), the British boy band charmed viewers even more with their acceptance speeches and live performance of "One Thing".
- Alicia Keys graced the stage to sing her new single, "Girl on Fire". What made the performance even more impressive? Flips and gymnastic tricks across the stage by U.S. Olympic gold-medalist, Gabby Douglas.
- Drake took home the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for "HYFR". The former Degrassi star explained that the song celebrated his Jewish roots, growing up in Toronto and sometimes feeling like an outsider.
- Part of the Twilight cast presented the final preview of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. The last movie of the Twilight saga hits theatres on November 16.
- Rihanna took home the Video of the Year award for her we "We Found Love" collaboration with Calvin Harris.
- This year, MTV unveiled a double-decker red carpet, giving fans twice the star-studded action.
- There was plenty of musician camaraderie. Perhaps this year was a bit more tame than previous shows, but we're sure the Katy Perry and Harry Styles smooch sent thousands of One Direction fans into a fury.
- Frank Ocean blew everyone away with his raw performance of "Thinking About You", proving that with vocal chops, you don't always need frills to make a statement.
- Taylor Swift closed the show with a spirited performance of her new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and dove into the crowd following the finale.
Check out the full list of 2012 MTV VMA winners!