2012 MTV Video Music Awards: The Show, The Winners

Posted Thursday September 6, 2012 11:00 PM GMT

With another year's show come and gone, the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards offered up plenty of action while honoring the best in the music business.

The big winners at the Staples Center show on Sunday night (September 6) included Rihanna as Video of the Year honoree for "We Found Love" while Nicki Minaj nabbed Best Female Video for “Starships” and Chris Brown took home the Moonman for Best Male Video for “Turn Up the Music”.

With Drake and Chris Brown both snatching up hardware, British-Irish boy band One Direction had a memorable evening while taking three Moonmen home including Best Pop Video and Best New Artist honors.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys gave a memorable effort as Olympics gold medalist Gabby Douglas flipped about the stage while other acts at the VMAs included Taylor Swift, Rihanna and P!nk while the heralded Frank Ocean will deliver his debut stage effort at the MTV showcase.

The complete list of winners from the 2012 MTV VMAs is as follows:

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 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”

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 Male Video:
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
WINNER:Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Usher, “Climax”

Best Female Video:
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyonce Knowles, “Love on Top”
WINNER:Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

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 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"
Justin Bieber, "Boyfriend"
Beyonce, "Countdown"
Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
Gotye, "Somebody That I Used To Know"

Best Art Direction:
WINNER: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:
WINNER:Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”

Best Cinematography:
WINNER: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:
WINNER:M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Watch the Throne, “Otis”

Best Editing:
WINNER: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:
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
Linkin Park, “BURN IT DOWN”
WINNER:Skrillex, "First Of The Year (Equinox)"

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