The MTV Video Music Awards have been presented every year since 1984. They have a reputation for being one of the most freewheeling and unpredictable of music awards shows. The MTV Video Music Awards are counted among the top music industry honors of the year.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony took place Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Last year the MTV Video Music Awards were held in August. This year they moved back to September.
- Video Of the Year - Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris - "We Found Love"
- Best Female Video - Nicki Minaj - "Starships"
- Best Male Video - Chris Brown - "Turn Up the Music"
- Best New Artist - One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
- Best Pop Video - One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
- Best Rock Video - Coldplay - "Paradise"
- Best Hip Hop Video - Drake featuring Lil Wayne - "HYFR"
- Best Electronic Dance Music Video - Calvin Harris - "Feel So Close"
- Best Direction In a Video - M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"
- Best Choreography In a Video - Chris Brown - "Turn Up the Music"
- Best Visual Effects In a Video - Skrillex - "First Of the Year (Equinox)"
- Best Art Direction In a Video - Katy Perry - "Wide Awake"
- Best Editing In a Video - Beyonce - "Countdown"
- Best Cinematography In a Video - M.I.A. - "Bad Girls"
- Best Video With a Message - Demi Lovato - "Skyscraper"
- Most Share-Worthy Video - One Direction - "What Makes You Beautiful"
- Best Latino Artist - Romeo Santos
Complete list of nominees in all categories.
Predictions of winners in the top awards categories.
Live Performers at the Awards
The pre-show featured Demi Lovato
- 2 Chainz
- Green Day
- Alicia Keys
- Lil Wayne
- Nicki Minaj
- Frank Ocean
- One Direction
- Taylor Swift