The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Winners Are…

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The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off with a stunning performance by Rihanna. But Rihanna’s hot new dance moves and a joke about host Kevin Hart becoming the next President of the United States didn’t measure up quite as much to the awards that were given out Thursday night. 

These. Are. The. Winners. of the 2012 MTV VMAs ( will be updating the list as the night goes on):

Best Pop Video:

Winner: 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 Male Video:

Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”

Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”

Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”

Winner: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”

Usher, “Climax”

Best Hip-Hop Video:

Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”

Winner: Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Watch the Throne, “Paris”

Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”

Best Female Video:

Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Katy Perry, “Part of Me”

Beyoncé, “Love on Top”

Winner: Nicki Minaj, “Starships”

Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

Best New Artist:

Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”

Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”

Winner: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”

The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

Video of the Year:

Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”

Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Winner: Rihanna, “We Found Love”

Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”

M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

Best Rock Video:

Winner: 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:

Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”

Winner: Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”

Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”

Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”

Avicii, “Le7els”

Best Video With a Message:

Winner: 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”

Most Share-Worthy Video:
Winner: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
News Editor Lindsey DiMattina started her career writing for a series of interior design magazines in South Florida, but moved to NYC on a whim. She dabbled in fashion PR, then took a job doing celebrity reporting. For three years, she broke news about Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Snooki, Bachelor/Bachelorette winners, Teen Moms, and many more. In her spare time, you can find her rocking out to Sugarland or Lil Jon and walking her dog Bene Hendrix (named after the Jimi Hendrix). She never misses an episode of “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” or “Game of Thrones."