The event was dominated by One Direction, who scooped three trophies, while there were also wins for Rihanna, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.
The MTV VMAs 2012 can be seen in full tonight (September 7) at 9pm on MTV in the UK.
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Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Ne-Yo and The Wanted were some of the other stars who attended the event. Scroll through our red carpet gallery below:
Photo gallery - MTV VMAs red carpet:
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