Rihanna, took home the biggest prize of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards last night snatching Video of the Year for We Found Love as well as opening the show with a performance of Cockiness (Love It) featuring A$AP Rocky.
Chris Brown won two VMA Moonmen for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for Turn up the Music. Tying Brown with two wins for the night was M.I.A., who took home Best Direction and Best Cinematograph for Bad Girls.
The Young Money crew also had a night of successes, as Nicki Minaj won Best Female Video, and Drake featuring Lil Wayne scored Best Hip Hop Video. Coldplay garnered Best Rock Video, and VMA pre-show performer Demi Lovato took home Best Video with a Message.
One Direction, won three Moonmen for Best New Artist, voted on live throughout the show, Best Pop Video, and first-time VMA fan voted social media category, Most Share-Worthy Video.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards was a night of musical firsts with the debut TV performances of new songs by Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Green Day and more.
The full list of 2012 VMA award winners is as follows:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Rihanna f/ Calvin Harris - We Found Love
BEST NEW ARTIST: One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
BEST MALE VIDEO: Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Nicki Minaj - Starships
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Drake featuring Lil Wayne - HYFR
BEST POP VIDEO: One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
BEST ROCK VIDEO: Coldplay - Paradise
BEST ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC VIDEO: Calvin Harris - Feel So Close
BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE: Demi Lovato - Skyscraper
MOST SHARE-WORTHY VIDEO (Presented by Bing): One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Chris Brown - Turn Up the Music - choreography by Anwar “Flii” Burton
BEST EDITING: Beyonce – Countdown - editing by Alexander Hammer & Jeremiah Shuff
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Skrillex - First of the Year (Equinox) - visual effects by Deka Bros & Tony T. Datis
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: M.I.A. - Bad Girls - cinematography by André Chemetoff
BEST ART DIRECTION: Katy Perry - Wide Awake - art-direction by Benji Bamps
BEST DIRECTION: M.I.A. - Bad Girls - direction by Romain Gavras