One Direction, Rihanna have VMA fans frenzied

  • Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • U.S. gymnasts, from left, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)U.S. gymnasts, from left, McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Nicki Minaj, left, and Lil Wayne sit in the audience in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Nicki Minaj, left, and Lil Wayne sit in the audience in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Singer Tom Petty, center, Dana York, right, and Adria Petty arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Singer Tom Petty, center, Dana York, right, and Adria Petty arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Miley Cyrus and her sister Brandi Cyrus attend the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Miley Cyrus and her sister Brandi Cyrus attend the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Ke$ha attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Ke$ha attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • British singer-songwriter Rita Ora arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)British singer-songwriter Rita Ora arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, left, and Samantha Giancola from MTV's "Jersey Shore," arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, left, and Samantha Giancola from MTV's "Jersey Shore," arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Pink, left, and Carey Hart arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Pink, left, and Carey Hart arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Actress Zoe Saldana arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Nicki Minaj arrives Sept. 6, 2012, at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)Nicki Minaj arrives Sept. 6, 2012, at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press)
  • Actress Jessica Szohr attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Actress Jessica Szohr attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Miley Cyrus attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Miley Cyrus attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Fans cheer outside the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Fans cheer outside the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Wiz Khalifa, left, and Amber Rose arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Wiz Khalifa, left, and Amber Rose arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Katy Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)Katy Perry arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
  • Ezra Miller, left, and Emma Watson speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Ezra Miller, left, and Emma Watson speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Drake accepts the award for best hip-hop video for "Hyfr" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Drake accepts the award for best hip-hop video for "Hyfr" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Rita Ora, right, presents the award for best male video to Chris Brown for ìTurn Up the Musicî at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Rita Ora, right, presents the award for best male video to Chris Brown for ìTurn Up the Musicî at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Taylor Swift greets fans at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Taylor Swift greets fans at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Rihanna, left, and A$AP Rocky perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Rihanna, left, and A$AP Rocky perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Demi Lovato performs before the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Demi Lovato performs before the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Pink performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Pink performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Pink performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Pink performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Rihanna performs in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Rihanna performs in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Katy Perry, left, presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan and Harry Styles, right, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Katy Perry, left, presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan and Harry Styles, right, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Kevin Hart floats on the crowd at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Kevin Hart floats on the crowd at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Kevin Hart, left, and Dwight Howard are seen onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Kevin Hart, left, and Dwight Howard are seen onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • ** FILE ** Pink performs in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)** FILE ** Pink performs in the audience at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Lil Wayne, right, and 2 Chainz perform onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Lil Wayne, right, and 2 Chainz perform onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Gabrielle Douglas performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Gabrielle Douglas performs onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • From left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, of musical group One Direction, accept the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)From left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, of musical group One Direction, accept the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)
  • Wiz Khalifa, left, and Ke$ha present an award onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Wiz Khalifa, left, and Ke$ha present an award onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Alicia Keys performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Alicia Keys performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Robert Pattinson smiles onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)Robert Pattinson smiles onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
  • Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, walks onstage to accept the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, walks onstage to accept the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

There may have been no signature moment at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but there was a signature sound: the screams of teenage girls wild about One Direction.

It stopped just short of a British invasion, but the hunky teens in the boy band won three awards on Thursday night’s show and barged in on Rihanna’s party.

Rihanna kicked off things with a spicy performance to open Thursday night’s show, then ended it by taking the show’s top honor, video of the year, for her steamy hit “We Found Love.”

“Doesn’t my girl Rihanna look sexy tonight?” Katy Perry asked the crowd after the performance.

And the night’s lead nominee did, showing up in a pixie cut and a figure-hugging, elegant scoop-backed white dress before changing into a flowing red outfit for her medley of new single “Cockiness (I Love It)” with rapper A$AP Rocky and “We Found Love.” She brushed imaginary dust from her shoulder as she walked to the stage to thank fans and her creative team.

The camera returned to the pop star often — except when it was on One Direction, which provided the night’s most screamed-over performance. The band won best pop video, best new artist and most share-worthy video.

“We’ve grown up watching this show and to even be here is an honor,” Niall Horan said from the stage.

The quintet, put together by Simon Cowell after “The X Factor” auditions and the first British act to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart, seemed stunned as fans screamed upon announcement of their win.

The group performed later, rising to a stairwell surrounded by screaming, reaching female fans on an elevated platform and bringing most attendees to their feet. Members of the U.S. gymnastics team sang along to their song “One Thing” and cameras caught Perry and Rihanna whispering to each other.

“This has been unbelievable,” Harry Styles said backstage. “This was our favorite performance we’ve ever done. For us to be here in the first place is amazing, and to perform and win a Moonman is amazing.”

While there was no easily identifiable signature moment early on, there were a few interesting sights. Pink floated above the crowd on a pair of oversized lips as she performed her new song “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” before Frank Ocean wowed with a somber, moonlit version of his song “Thinking About You.” Then there was Olympic champion Gabby Douglas flipping on stage to new Alicia Keys song “Girl on Fire,” and Taylor Swift dove into the crowd after a group sing-a-long of her new hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Chris Brown pulled off something of an upset in the best male video category. Rihanna’s former boyfriend won for his self-directed video “Turn Up The Music,” beating out several top stars, including Drake, who tied Rihanna for most nominations with five. Brown also won for best cinematography. M.I.A. was the night’s only other multiple winner, taking two off-camera awards for direction and cinematography.

Drake won best hip-hop video for “HYFR,” which featured Lil Wayne. He talked about his black and Jewish roots growing up in Toronto and his sometimes outsider status.

“I want to dedicate this award to any kid that’s ever had a long walk home by yourself,” Drake said. “This is for you, man, for real. We made it.”

Host Kevin Hart, who promised no one would be spared his comedic barbs, opened up old wounds between Brown and Drake in his opening monologue, spoofing the two for the bar brawl that took place between their entourages in June.

Drake and friends Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne sat stone-faced as Hart joked: “Nip it in the bud, guys. I’m tired of it. Fix it tonight.”

Minaj, dressed in a skintight full-body outfit, won best female video for “Starships.” Coldplay took best rock video for “Paradise.” And Calvin Harris — the show’s house DJ who’s featured on “We Found Love”— won the first best electronic dance music award for “Feel So Close.” Beyonce, Perry, Skrillex and Demi Lovato won awards not televised on the show.

MTV tried something new this year, unveiling a double-decker red carpet that featured two stories of stars and celebrities. Thousands of fans lined up outside the show’s new home, the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In a bit of foreshadowing, One Direction drew the loudest cheers of the day — something even rivals The Wanted acknowledged — even though fans had to labor under a scorching sun with the temperature at 90 degrees.

The sun was especially hot for Amber Rose, who accentuated her pregnant belly with a black lace gown as she and fiance Wiz Khalifa showed off a baby bump.

“I’m hot, and my feet hurt, but I look gorgeous,” Rose said.

While touching, the moment didn’t rise to the level of The Baby Bump — when Beyonce showed her unannounced pregnancy on the red carpet last year — Taylor vs. Kanye or The Kiss.

Lil Wayne had one of the night’s most tweeted performances when he debuted his heavily bleeped new song “No Worries.” And Keys, who debuted “Girl on Fire,” drew attention well before she took the stage. The singer and her producer husband Swizz Beatz were spotted with their almost 2-year-old son, Egypt, bobbing up and down on Beatz’ lap during Pink’s expletive-laden performance of “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).”

There was hubbub on Twitter where several of Keys’ fans noted the bawdy nature of the VMAs. Others just thought Egypt was cute.

AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Derrik Lang contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

 

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