Live from the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards

From Alicia Keys' comeback to Frank Ocean's first televised performance, see how the stars rocked the stage and red carpet for one of music's biggest nights.

 

Yolanda Sangweni Sep, 06, 2012

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Rihanna debuts a fabulous new pixie cut on the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Alicia Keys' performance of "Girl on Fire" included appearances by Nicki Minaj and Gabby Douglas at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Frank Ocean sings "Thinking About You" for his first televised performance at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Gabby Douglas performs onstage while Alicia Keys sings during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Rihanna performs onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

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Funnyman Kevin Hart arrives for his hosting duties at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Zoe Saldana arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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Alicia Keys arrives in a  gold one-shouldered gown for her turn at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Famously outrageous Nicki Minaj kept her outfit tame at this year's 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Gabby Douglas' wish for more red carpet moments is slowly coming true. The gold medalist glowed for her arrival at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Amber Rose reveals her baby bump at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Rihanna debuts a fabulous new pixie cut on the red carpet of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Kat Graham arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

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Host Kevin Hart dives into the audience during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

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Chris Brown accepts the award for Best Male Video onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.