As for the awards themselves, Rihanna took home Video of the Year for "We Found Love", Chris Brown picked up Best Male Video for "Turn Up the Music", and MIA's landmark "Bad Girls" video took home two VMAs (Best Direction, Best Cinematography). Calvin Harris, who also served as the house band for the night, was awarded the first ever Best EDM VMA for "Feel So Close". The broadcast also included two of MTV's signature made-up awards: "Best Video With A Message" and "Most Share-Worthy Video". The full list of winners (with acceptance speeches) is here, and you can check out all eight performances below.
Frank Ocean - "Thinkin Bout You"
Rihanna feat. A$AP Rocky - "Cockiness/We Found Love"
Alicia Keys feat. Nicki Minaj - "Girl On Fire"
Green Day - "Let Yourself Go"
2 Chainz feat. Lil Wayne - "Yuck/No Worries"
Taylor Swift "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
One Direction - "One Thing"
Pink - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)