Who had the best VMAs performance?
September 6th, 2012
11:56 PM ET

Who had the best VMAs performance?

Awards are presented for music videos, sure, but the main reason we watch the MTV VMAs is to see the performances (and to see what crazy antics will inevitably happen ... although, this year's edition felt short on the crazy).

Rihanna opened the show with a sensual performance of her songs "Cockiness" (which had an assist from A$AP Rocky) and "We Found Love."

Whatever your opinion of Rihanna, one thing is undeniable: She knows how to entertain a crowd.

Pink once again proved just how fearless she is by sailing through the air on a set of giant, red lips before landing on the VMAs stage to perform her single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."

Frank Ocean nailed a pared down performance of "Thinkin' Bout You," backed by a beautifully staged set that included a night sky and a bonfire, and 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne kept the energy up in the audience with "Yuck" and "No Worries."

Directioners lost their minds when One Direction took the stage to perform "One Thing," while Green Day, just recently sidelined from performing thanks to an illness, proved they're still as punk as ever with a riotous performance of "Let Yourself Go," even letting their fans get in on the action.

Alicia Keys debuted her new song "Girl on Fire" in a performance that included cameos from Nicki Minaj and gold medalist Gabby Douglas, who showed off a few of her skills.

Taylor Swift closed the show with her earworm of a song, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and then MTV cut to Taylor Lautner ... Hmmm....

So what was your favorite performance of the night? Sound off below!

Filed under: MTV VMAs • Music

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Asianae

    Rihanna had the best performance.... next to Frank Ocean !

    September 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chelsea

    Pink performance was amazing,full of energy and she keep me wanting more now that's a performer! GO,PINK

    September 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mandy

    Green Day. Their performance was full of energy and Rock & Roll

    September 9, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jalet

    pink was great. she's in complete control of her voice. she's is a great singer.

    September 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Julie

    Taylor Swift brought the house down. Best performance by FAR

    September 8, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rhonilu

    Pink kicked a**!!!!!!

    September 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shaun

    Katy Perry and Rihanna fondling with each other ....The midgets that walked out as Kevin Hart's Secret Service bodyguards!!

    September 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pop Tart How dare you...

    i did the solo performance perfectly and no voice cracking..on pitch 800 people...

    now who's the pop tart.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nina

    i like sausage on my pizza

    September 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. uvating

    guys we could have bet on that mess all summer and been in tuscany by now.....haaaaaaaaaa

    September 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David Miller/Abe Miller/Grace Miller

    Free Stanley Rosenthal and make Pizza night better!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Michael Calaizzo

    Sage STallone is our John Garfield.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Calaizzo/bethany Beach Delaware

    We all really miss Sage Stallone!

    September 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anthony

    MTV is a JOKE that just wont go away. HMM who had the best lip-singing performance? from a bunch of talentless pop-tarts who think what they are doing is music.

    September 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Today

    25 g's and a paycheck–we'll be rich!

    September 7, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  16. pinkie

    that's what you think.............

    September 7, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  17. James

    I haven’t had a chance to see any of the performances yet, but it seems like Pink is always flying in the air at the VMAs! I work nights at Dish so I set a recording on my Hopper to see what crazy shenanigans went on last night. The 2,000 hours of hard drive space helps me keep up with shows when I have time for TV. It’s nice that nobody reported on any kind of awkward Kanye moment; maybe he’s on his best behavior in case the rumors about him being an American Idol judge are true.

    September 7, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. Today?

    25 g's and a paycheck–we'll be rich!

    September 7, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Steve

    Frank ocean.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |

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