The podium at the 2012 MTV News Summer Jam Games is crowded with some of the biggest stars on the planet, each representing their respective genres with the hottest hits of the season. Nearly 740,000 votes were cast across the five categories (hip-hop, R&B, EDM, rock and pop) resulting in a winners’ list led by both fan-favorite veteran acts and relative newcomers.
So who took home the gold in our Summer Jam Games? Well fans came out in full force for their acts, but only five acts could go home with gold.
Check out the winners below:
Hip-Hop: “Lemme See” Usher, featuring Rick Ross
Just as it is in sports, sometimes years of practice and perseverance pay off. Such is the case with MTV Video Music Award nominee (for “Climax”) Usher, whose jam “Lemme See,” featuring Rick Ross, bested its nearest competition (“Mercy” by G.O.O.D. Music featuring 2 Chainz), to take the hip-hop Summer Jam gold medal. With nearly 20 years of blockbuster hits under his belt, Usher proved to be the Michael Phelps of our Summer Jam Games — a heavily decorated veteran who’s still winning top honors when he gets in the game.
R&B: “Thinkin Bout You,” Frank Ocean
With three VMA noms and one of the most acclaimed albums of the year, Ocean is enjoying a very big moment right now. That energy carried him not only to the top of the album charts, but also to victory in our R&B category . Ocean took nearly half of all votes cast in the category and 12,000-plus votes more than his nearest competitor, silver medalist JoJo, whose “Demonstrate” did just that. Combined, Ocean and JoJo accounted for more than 92 percent of all votes in an R&B field that included Leah La Belle, The-Dream and Trey Songz.
EDM: “Lights,” Ellie Goulding
Goulding took her time to break here in the U.S., but once the Brit beauty’s ethereal dance jam “Lights” started to catch on, it set the charts on fire. In its 32nd week on the Billboard Hot 100, the song remains at #5, and the continued popularity of “Lights” catapulted the song to the top of the EDM heap , besting some of the genre’s biggest stars, including Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, David Guetta, Avicii and Calvin Harris, to take the Summer Jam gold.
Rock: “Settle Down,” No Doubt
If there was any question that No Doubt is back in the biggest possible way, look no further than the showing of “Settle Down” in the Summer Jam Games rock category . The rock contenders were a “who’s who” of titans in the genre, from Jack White to the Killers, but in the end, Gwen, Tony, Adrian and Tom prevailed over their closest competitor, Green Day’s “Oh Love,” with their infectious return to music; it’s also the lead single from Push and Shove, the band’s first album since 2001’s Rock Steady.
Pop: “As Long As You Love Me,” Justin Bieber, featuring Big Sean
Far and away the most voted-upon category, the competition for top of the pops was fierce. In the end, Justin Bieber and One direction left everyone else in the dust, accounting for nearly 95 percent of the total vote. But in the end, there could only be one, and the Beliebers rallied behind Justin to push “As Long As you Love Me” across the finish line just ahead of One Direction’s “One Thing.”
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