All about 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

Pop heartthrobs One Direction were the big winners at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
The UK fivesome made their debut appearance at the awards (this time last year no one had even heard of them!) scooping up three coveted “Moonmen” for their hit “What Makes You Beautiful”.
“Guys what the hell! You are incredible, 3 VMAs!” band member Niall Horan tweeted after the show.
The lads even managed to top Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” to take out the award for Most Share-Worthy Video. Meanwhile Rihanna beat the Aussie singer in the Video of the Year category.
Chris Brown also shook things up, winning Best Male Video for his clip “Turn Up The Music” — and beating his rival (and recent punching partner) Drake’s collaboration with ex-girlfriend (and former punching bag) Rihanna.

All about 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are over and done with and if you missed the show featuring Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Alicia Keys in favor of watching Dick Durbin, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama spit their game, talk that (stuff), here’s a list of the winners. You didn’t miss much. Trust me.
In any event, round of applause for Rihanna as she rightfully won the biggest award of the night.
Video of the Year. Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris) – “We Found Love”
Best Male Video. Chris Brown — “Turn Up the Music”
Best Female Video. Nicki Minaj — “Starships”
Best New Artist. One Direction — “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Pop Video. One Direction — “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Rock Video. Coldplay — “Paradise”
Best Hip-Hop Video. Drake (featuring Lil Wayne) — “HYFR”
Best Electronic Dance Music Video. Calvin Harris — “Feel So Close”
Best Video with a Message. Demi Lovato — “Skyscraper”
Most Share-Worthy Video. One Direction — “What Makes You Beautiful”

Green Day spoke out on behalf of jailed Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot in an interview on the pre-show, and on the real show, their alternate guitarist is sporting a Free Pussy Riot t-shirt. I’m not sure if television is allowed in the Gulag, but if Pussy Riot is watching, chances are, they enjoyed Green Day’s performance a heck of a lot. This was genuine punk rock – scruffy, fast, overdriven, and dripping with attitude.
Midway through the song, Billie Joe Armstrong allowed fans to mob the makeshift stage on the theater floor, and before long, every instrumentalist was surrounded by dancers. This has been a running theme during this year’s Video Music Awards – everybody is determined to break the fourth wall. Rihanna went into the crowd to kick off the show, Lil Wayne did a stage dive during his appearance with 2Chains, and even the host did a backflip into the crowd.
Why doesn’t anybody want to use the real stage? Is it because Calvin Harris is spinning in a deejay booth up there, and they’re all determined to simulate the excitement of a dance club? If so, maybe European dance music has penetrated American consciousness even deeper than has previously been reported.

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