British boyband One Direction hit the red carpet at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday night (September 6, 2012). The Irish-British quintet made their first-ever VMAs a memorable one as they edged out Rihanna and took home three prizes to become the big winners of the show. The five baby-faced guys - Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson - were presented the Most Share-Worthy Video award for “What Makes You Beautiful” during the pre-awards show. They later quickly took the overall spotlight as they won the night's first televised award Best Pop Video, beating out Justin Bieber ("Boyfriend"), Rihanna ("We Found Love"), Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae for "We Are Young"), and Maroon 5 (featuring Wiz Khalifa for "Payphone"). After performing their new hit “One Thing”, the boys of One Direction continued enjoying their success by picking up Best New Artist, which solidified their status as the hottest new group in pop.
One Direction receive the Best Pop Video award onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Thursday (September 6).
Louis Tomlinson happily poses with fans for photos on the red carpet before heading into the Staples Center venue and readying to take the VMAs stage.
The chart-topping U.K. boy band own the show with the hit “One Thing” before beating out fellow all-boy British outfit The Wanted to win the Best New Artist award. They quickly become the centre of things, stealing the attention from Rihanna after the songstress starts the night with a sexy medley performance before capping it with a win for the night's top honor, Video of the Year.
Zayn Malik performs with his bandmates to treat the Staples Center audience and viewers at home on the stage of the 2012 MTV VMAs.
Niall Horan is on behalf of One Direction to accept the Best Pop Video award from previous VMA winner Katy Perry.
The five lads are big winners at the VMAs this year as taking home three prizes.
One Direction pose with their Best Pop Video and Best New Artist awards in the press room at the VMA 2012, which has become known as one of the more unpredictable and controversial award shows.
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