One Direction's loyal fans are pretty stoked that the guys have landed in the City of Angels for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

Ahead of their big night tonight, where they will take the stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles for the VMAs, some of the band's biggest fans lined up waiting for the chance to catch a glimpse of the guys as they made their way around town. And, some of those Directioners were lucky enough to meet Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Niall Horan and Liam Payne, even for one brief moment. The encounter, ahead of the night's big debut at the VMAs, left the fans rather stunned.

"I'm shaking. We just met One Direction," one fan told MTV News. "Zayn put his arms around me..." and that notion alone caused her and her friends to just break out in excited screams."

Zayn met a number of fans while the guys were out and about earlier this week, before they learn if they will take home any of the three Moonmen they are up for — Best New Artist, Best Pop Video and Most Share-Worthy Video. "Zayn said 'thank you' when I told him I liked his new pictures," a fan gushed. "This is the best day of my life."

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"It's the best day of my life. They looked so gorgeous," another fan mirrored. "They were so nice."

However, given all the hoopla the guys encounter wherever they go, they couldn't meet up with all their devotees. But, their supporters totally understood. "I was going to take a picture with Harry, but then he got [taken] away and then I was really sad," the fan recalled. "I'm sorry they can't come out, but we understand because there's so many girls out here." The guys are set to make their debut VMA performance tonight during the main show, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Staples Center. The night's festivities will be hosted by Kevin Hart. But, before the boys storm the stage, there's the VMA pre-show, featuring the first-ever double-decker red carpet, at 7 p.m. ET/PT and the "Jersey Shore" special "Gym, Tan, Look Back" at 6 p.m.

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