One Direction proved to be the big winners on the night, taking home three awards including 'Best New Artist'.
Coldplay, Calvin Harris, MIA and Nicki Minaj were also among the winners, while the likes of Rihanna, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Swift made appearances.
The MTV VMAs 2012 can be seen in full tonight (September 7) at 9pm on MTV in the UK.
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Take a look through Digital Spy's gallery of pics from the event below: