The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards aired Thursday on MTV. Here’s a recap of the winners and performances. What did you miss during the pre-show? Well, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa announced they have a baby on the way. Other than that, it was pretty much standard VMA action: strange outfits and incoherent interview responses.
Now, your play-by-play of the ceremony, which was held in Los Angeles:
8 p.m. – Rihanna kicks off the show by performing “Cockiness,” followed by “We Found Love.” There are balloon-like objects in the air, possibly stolen from the DNC.
8:05 – Host Kevin Hart approaches the stage, posing as a presidential candidate while being escorted by little people in suits. His opening monologue has a theme: “If you make a mistake, so what?” His thoughts on the Chris Brown/Drake feud? “Nip it in the bud, guys. I’m tired of it.”
8:14 - Best Pop Video goes to One Direction (pictured above) for “What Makes You Beautiful.” They (slightly) break their Moonman trophy.
8:25 – Miley Cyrus’ hair completely baffles me.
8:26 – Pink sings “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” She opens the performance with a few verses of “Get This Party Started,” which I appreciate. I’m not as keen on the aerial acts that somehow always appear in Pink’s performances. Or the giant dancing lips on the stage. But I like this song, so I’ll let it go.
8:30 - Best Male Video goes to Chris Brown for “Turn Up the Music.” Very short, non-controversial acceptance speech. Probably for the best.