Video Music’s Biggest Night

Hannah Alegbeleye

The stars of the music industry glammed up for one of the most anticipated nights of the year, the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Host and comedian Kevin Hart had tall shoes to fill, and literally came up short (especially next to L.A Lakers center Dwight Howard). The comedian opened the show with a few digs at the drama between Chris Brown and Drake that transpired over the summer, as well as Snooki becoming a mother. And of course he couldn’t refrain from taking a dig at Kristen Stewart’s cheating scandal. Hart said, “She did it, so what. Look on the bright side. Here’s the thing. They are now a part of the seven dwarfs: Dopey, sleepy, adultery, cheating. If you made a mistake, so what!”

K-Stew was nowhere to be found, but her Twilight co-stars hit the award show to give their fans an exclusive look at “Breaking Dawn Part II.” The trailer was epic, as predicted.

“I thought Kevin Hart was going to be a lot funnier,” senior Melissa Melo said. “His comedy routines are usually so good, and I was very disappointed.”

The “it” couple of the moment, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, were not in attendance despite appearing in MTV’s promo of the award show. Kardashian was never scheduled to be there as she was in New York to promote her fragrance. West, however, backed out at the last minute. According to multiple sources, he didn’t want to go to the VMAs without his girlfriend. Taylor Swift was probably happy about that one. She sported a not-so-typical J Mendel off white pants suit on the red carpet and rocked out to her new hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” on stage. She was given the honor to close out the show for the first time.

Speaking of powerful women, The Fierce Five, better known as the 2012 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, also hit the stage to introduce Alicia Keys’ performance. Keys turned up the heat with her soulful song “Girl on Fire,” which featured the yellow-haired Nicki Minaj and a gymnastics routine from Gabrielle Douglas of The Fierce Five.

One last touching moment: Wiz Khalifa’s girlfriend, Amber Rose, showed off her baby belly, confirming her pregnancy. But the whole “rubbing the stomach to announce pregnancy” is so 2011. Remember Beyoncé’s big reveal?

RAVE: The British-Irish boy bands wowed the audience once again. One Direction took home three VMAs and performed its hit “One Thing.” Though The Wanted didn’t take home a moon man, the group presented alongside actress Rebel Wilson in the “Best Female” Video category.

WRECK: Katy Perry and Rihanna, a.k.a. resident Mean Girls. Anyone else notice how catty these two were all night? It seemed like every time the camera panned to them they were gossiping or snickering. What’s their deal?