The 2012 MTV Video Music Award Winners

Many gathered around their televisions Thursday night to watch another year of the MTV Video Music Awards. Comedian Kevin Hart hosted the 2012 award show, leaving the crowd in stitches. Rihana opened the show with a mash-up of her songs “Cockiness” and “We Found Love”. Hart then entered the awards show as “the future president of the United States” with an entourage of little people. “What ya’ll don’t know is, MTV made a mistake,” Hart first tells the audience, “I told MTV I needed a little security. I think they took ‘a little” and they actually got me little security.” Taylor Swift closed this year’s award show out with a live remake of her new music video “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” In between the madness of the awards show, some amazing awards were handed out. Here are the proceedings with the winners in bold:

 

Video of the Year
Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’
Katy Perry, ‘Wide Awake’
Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
M.I.A., ‘Bad Girls’

Best New Artist
One Direction, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, ‘We Are Young’
Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Call Me Maybe’
Frank Ocean, ‘Swim Good’
The Wanted, ‘Glad You Came’

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, ‘HYFR’
Childish Gambino, ‘Heartbeat’
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, ‘Mercy’
Watch the Throne, ‘Paris’
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, ‘Beez in the Trap’

Best Male Video
* Chris Brown, ‘Turn Up the Music’
Justin Bieber, ‘Boyfriend’
Frank Ocean, ‘Swim Good’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
Usher, ‘Climax’

Best Female Video
Nicki Minaj, ‘Starships’
Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’
Katy Perry, ‘Part of Me’
Beyoncé, ‘Love on Top’
Selena Gomez & The Scene, ‘Love You Like a Love Song’

Best Pop Video
One Direction, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, ‘We Are Young’
Rihanna, ‘We Found Love’
Justin Bieber, ‘Boyfriend’
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, ‘Payphone’

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, ‘Paradise”
The Black Keys, ‘Lonely Boy’
Linkin Park, ‘BURN IT DOWN’
Jack White, ‘Sixteen Saltines’
Imagine Dragons, ‘It’s Time’

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Calvin Harris, ‘Feel So Close’
Duck Sauce, ‘Big Bad Wolf’
Skrillex, ‘First of the Year (Equinox)’
Martin Solveig, ‘The Night Out’
Avicii, ‘Le7els’

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, ‘Skyscraper’
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’

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, ‘Wide Awake’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
Lana Del Rey, ‘Born to Die’
Regina Spektor, ‘All the Rowboats’
Of Monsters & Men, ‘Little Talks’

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, ‘Turn Up the Music’
Rihanna, ‘Where Have You Been’
Beyoncé, ‘Countdown’
Avicii, ‘Levels’
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, ‘Dance Again’

Best Editing
Beyoncé, ‘Countdown’
A$AP Rocky, ‘Goldie’
Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
Watch the Throne, ‘Paris’
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, ‘Mercy’

Best Visual Effects
Skrillex “First Of The Year (Equinox)”
Katy Perry, ‘Wide Awake’
Rihanna, ‘Where Have You Been’
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, ‘Turn Me On’
Linkin Park, ‘Burn It Down’

Best Cinematography
M.I.A., ‘Bad Girls’
Adele, ‘Someone Like You’
Drake feat. Rihanna, ‘Take Care’
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, ‘Princess of China’
Lana Del Rey, ‘Born to Die’

Best Direction
M.I.A., ‘Bad Girls’
Duck Sauce, ‘Big Bad Wolf’
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, ‘Princess of China’
Frank Ocean, ‘Swim Good’
Watch the Throne, ‘Otis’

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