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Kevin Hart calms the crowd at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Kevin Hart calms the crowd at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

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Kevin Hart proves his faith in the fans by spontaneously stage diving during his opening monologue.

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Kevin Hart rides the wave. He's looking pretty comfortable in his role of host, right?

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Kevin Hart surfs the crowd like a pro.

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Rihanna sits upon her cobra throne as she opens the show with a medley of 'Cockiness (Love It)' and 'We Found Love.'

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A$AP Rocky serenades Rihanna with some quick rhymes during their performance of 'Cockiness (Love It).'

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Rapper A$AP Rocky gets a little handsy with Rihanna during their performance of 'Cockiness (Love It).'

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Before presenting the Best Pop Video award, Katy Perry reminds us that 'pop' is short for popular and that most of the time, the popular kids end up "fat, broke and bald." Better watch yo'selves, One Direction!

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Katy Perry plays coy with the envelope that holds the winner of Best Pop Video.

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The lads of One Direction jump for joy when it's announced their video for 'What Makes You Beautiful' has landed them the Moonman for Best Pop Video.

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Presenter Katy Perry prepares to plant a big kiss on One Direction's Niall Horan as he takes the stage to accept the award for Best Pop Video.

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Katy Perry plants a wet one on Niall Horan of One Direction as he and the band accept the Moonman for Best Pop Video.

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Katy Perry deems One Direction the popular kids when she presents them with the Moonman for Best Pop Video.

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One Direction gives a "massive thanks to the fans" as they accept the Moonman for Best Pop Video.

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NBA All-Star Dwight Howard gifts Kevin Hart with a new Los Angeles Lakers jersey as a host gift. Looks just a tad too big though.

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P!nk's got a smile to match her set! The singer swings from a pair of big red lips during her performance of 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss).'

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P!nk can blow each and every person in the Staples Center one last kiss with the amount of lips that were parading during her performance.

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Chris Brown is sleek in a suit and stunna shades as he accepts the award for Best Male Video.

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Demi Lovato and Rita Ora look majestic in complimentary black and white ensembles as they present the award for Best Male Video.

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Demi Lovato, Chris Brown, and Rita Ora make a stunning trio on the Staples Center stage.

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Kevin Hart cracks us up when he explains his complex friendship with rapper 2 Chainz.

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Frank Ocean sits among cool blue ice and smoking hot fire as he sings his hit song 'Thinkin Bout You.'

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Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg practice their rapping skills by tapping into their sensitive childhoods. YOLO!

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Lil Wayne flashes his inked six pack during Drake's acceptance speech for the Best Hip-Hop Video award.

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Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are so elated over Drake's Best Hip-Hop Video win that they get up on the stage to celebrate with him.

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Drake keeps it in the family by bringing his Young Money crew on stage with him to accept the award for Best Hip-Hop Video.

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Rebel Wilson can't choose which member of The Wanted is her favorite. They offer to hold her bag of potato chips while she thinks on it.

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The boys of One Direction emerge on stage to find a crowd of crazed fans waiting.

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Kevin Hart learns how to do the 'Gangnam Style' dance from it's creator, K-Pop sensation PSY.

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Kevin Hart and K-Pop sensation PSY do their best 'Gangnam Style' dance in some snazzy blazers.

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2 Chainz and Lil Wayne look pretty proud of themselves during their medley of 'Yuck' and 'No Worries.'

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Lil Wayne's rock star status is complete! The rapper spontaneously stage dives during his live performance.

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Lil Wayne skates off the stage after his performance. The man sure knows how to make an exit.

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The two 'Perks Of Being A Wallflower' stars, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, look on excitedly as they introduce Green Day.

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Ezra Miller and Emma Watson are so hipster chic as they take the stage to introduce Green Day.

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Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day belts it out like the rock star he is.

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The cast of 'The Twilight Saga' presents an exclusive clip from the final movie 'Breaking Dawn Part 2.' Twihards everywhere melt into a puddle due to anticipation anxiety.

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Kevin Hart prepares to open the final envelope of the night - the pink paper holds the answer to who will win Video Of The Year.

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Wiz Khalifa announces he will soon be a father and Ke$ha declares that the child will be the "coolest kid ever!"

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One Direction are such little love bugs! The five boys hug it out before accepting the award for Best Pop Video.

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Louis Tomlinson sported a slicked back 'do and a sweet smile as he greeted the pack of adoring fans from the stage.

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The boys of One Direction give high fives to their fans who they thank profusely during their three different acceptance speeches.

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The Fierce Five US Olympic Gymnastics girls rock a totally different look than the leotards we're used to seeing them in, on stage to introduce Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj.

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Alicia Keys truly is a 'Girl On Fire' during her live VMA performance.

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Alicia Keys belts it out beautifully as she performs 'Girl On Fire' in a sleek black and gold ensemble.

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Alicia Keys shows off her guns during her performance of 'Girls On Fire.'

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Gabby Douglas wows the crowd with her gold medal winning gymnastic abilities during Alicia Keys' and Nicki Minaj's performance.

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Kevin Hart is clearly a member of the Navi - the host screams like a fan girl as Rihanna takes the stage to accept the award for Video Of The Year.

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Rihanna looks super stylish with a sleek new hairdo as she accepts her Moonman for Video Of The Year.

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Rihanna thanks her Navi as she accepts the Video Of The Year award for 'We Found Love.'

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Taylor Swift looked comfy cute during her performance of her record breaking single 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.'

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Taylor Swift matches her mic to her sailor stripes during her performance of 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.'

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Taylor Swift looks straight out of the '60's as she performs 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.'

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Taylor Swift looks sweet enough to eat...and the crowd almost does swallow her up as she performs 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.'

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