The 2012 VMAs were up against the Democratic National Convention and last year's memorable VMAs where Beyonce announced her pregnancy. Basically, they needed to do something big to compare to these two.
Rihanna opened the show with a sizzling performance packed with dancers and large balloons, Kevin Hart kept the evening light with funny jokes, and Lil' Wayne bizarrely crowd surfed. It definitely fell short of last year's show but here are some of the best and worst moments below.
Alicia Keys debuted her new single "Girl On Fire" and she definitely set the stage ablaze while inviting Olympic gold Medalist Gabby Douglas on stage while belting out over her classic piano play and hip-hop beats.