Picking your favorite 2012 MTV VMA performance is kind of like picking your favorite child. Tough, but you know that every parent secretly does it anyway, so why not just quietly embrace it? In case you’re still in a daze from all the sick performances that went down tonight, here’s a quick recap: Decked out in a head-to-toe Egyptian ensemble (obvs), Rihanna opened the show by performing “Cockiness” and “We Found Love” with an assist from A$AP Rocky. The girl power moment continued when Pink took the stage, and amid a sea of Busby Berkeley-esque (or Twizzler-like, depending on your frame of reference) dancing red lips, slayed her performance of “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” And let us not forget the 10-second snippet of “Get The Party Started,” which obviously earns her an extra 10,000 bonus points. IMHO.
Things slowed down a bit when Frank Ocean hit the stage to deliver his introspective, unparalleled performance of “Thinkin Bout You,” followed by the piercing screams of 100,000 (or so) ecstatic girls during One Direction’s “One Thing” performance.
Hip-hop took center stage again when Lil Wayne bro’d out with 2 Chainz, during their performance of “Yuck” and “No Worries.” VMA veterans Green Day hit the stage for the night’s rock moment when a very healthy looking Billie Joe Armstrong and the band got down with the fans as they delivered a hardcore rendition of “Let Yourself Go.”
Alicia Keys was a “Girl On Fire” during her piano-driven performance of her new single (with a surprise assist from Nicki Minaj, and of course, how could we forget our favorite country-cutie turned crowd-surfing badass, Taylor Swift, who closed out the show with her smash “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
So, which was your fave? Vote below, and relive all of the 2012 MTV VMA performances.
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