Rihanna, One Direction + More: All the Showstopping Performances of the MTV VMAs

Rihanna, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and more rocked the house at the MTV VMAs last night. Check out all the performances-plus some bonuses-here!
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Rihanna, One Direction, + More: All the Showstopping Performances of the MTV VMAs

Rihanna, One Direction, Taylor Swift, and more rocked the house at the MTV VMAs last night. Check out all the performances—plus some bonuses—here!

-Lucia Peters

2012 MTV VMAs

Thursday may seem like a weird night for an awards show; but weird stuff has never stopped MTV in the past, and it’s sure as heck not going to stop them now. The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards went down last night at the Staples Center in downtown LA, and what a show it was! Rihanna won Video of the Year, One Direction took the Best New Artist award, and Nicki Minaj snagged Best Female Video—among many, many more. Check out the full list of winners here!

Missed the show? No worries—we’ve got you covered! From Demi Lovato’s pre-show to Taylor Swift’s closer, plus a few extra surprises along the way, we’ve got all of the showstopping performances from last night’s show right here. Get ready to rock!

1. Demi Lovato, “Give Your Heart a Break”

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Because no awards show would be complete without a pre-show, MTV always goes all out for theirs. This year, it included a red carpet performance from Demi Lovato. This one seemed to go a little better than her People’s Choice Awards performance—and hey, she also won this year’s Best Video With a Message award for “Skyscraper!”

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2. Rihanna, “Cockiness”/ “We Found Love”

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Rihanna opened the awards with a show-stopping mash-up of “Cockiness” and “We Found Love,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Calvin Harris. Cue the lazers—and RiRi’s new short ‘do! What do you think, Bettys? Love it or hate it?

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