I was pretty entertained by the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, despite there not being a huge turn-out (note to the network, Toronto International Film Festival crew and Anna Wintour: You might want to discuss not scheduling your events on the same night).
Here are some things I enjoyed watching from last night:
I had a right giggle watching Kevin Hart host the awards, especially when he gave The Wanted a warm welcome (bad luck for Dublin-born Siva Kameswara, which Hart tried to make up for…and failed).
Speaking of Drake, his acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop video was very touching. “I want to dedicate this award to any kid who has had a long walk home,” Drake said. Hooray for the underdog!
I was digging the energy during Lil’ Wayne‘s “No Worries” performance.
Robert Pattinson, I want to draw hearts all over your face.
Ke$ha‘s on-stage congratulations to Wiz Khalifa on expecting his first child with fiance Amber Rose. Adorable.
OMG Rihanna towers over Hart.
Sooooo, who won what?
Best video with a message — Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Most share-worthy video — One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Electronic dance music video — Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Best pop video — One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best male video — Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best hip-hop video — Drake, “HYFR,” featuring Lil Wayne
Best female video — Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Best rock video — Coldplay, “Paradise”
Best new artist – One Direction
Video of the year – Rihanna, “We Found Love,” featuring Calvin Harris
Best direction: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Best art direction: Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Best choreography: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best editing: Beyonce, “Countdown”
Best visual effects: Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Best cinematography: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
(Via CBS News)