It was a first-a-palooza on MTV’s Video Music Awards on Thursday. First-time host, actor and comedian Kevin Hart, helmed the show from Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
And several musicians returned to the awards show to debut their first televised performances of new songs, including Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Pink, and Green Day.
And in true MTV fashion, new artists One Direction, Frank Ocean, 2 Chainz and Calvin Harris made their first VMA appearances.
Those were certainly highlights of the show, but what made Celebuzz’s list of the best (and worst) moments of this year’s VMAs?
Oh, where do we start? Our list includes Rihanna’s confident win for Video of the Year – talk about “Cockiness” (and we love it). Other awesome moments for us included Alicia Keys’ performance of “Girl On Fire” with an unexpected cameo from Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and then there was an appearance by Korean Internet sensation Psy.
Then, there were some awkward moments like Robert Pattinson and the Twilight cast’s appearance sans Kristen Stewart, Rebel Wilson’s shirt-dress that suggested way too much was going on down under and the feeling that we weren’t quite getting the funny from host Hart.
Take a look at our 10 Best (and worst) moments of the VMAs.
1. Bun in the oven for Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
Beyonce and Jay-Z have nothing to fear her when it comes to having their pregnancy announcement overshadowed. During the pre-show, Khalifa and Rose finally confirmed her pregnancy. One look at that belly and we wonder if that was even necessary.
2. Rihanna Says, “I Got This,” Without Saying It
After losing a few categories during the show, sometimes it’s the big one that really matters. After Rihanna was named the winner for Video of the Year, she stood up proudly and whipped her head around to say, “That’s right. I got this.”
3. One Direction-The Wanted question answered
There was some buildup to the award for New Artist pitting boy bands One Direction and The Wanted against each other. All that was laid to rest when 1D took the prize. The Wanted may need a new name.
4. Rebel Wilson shows much is going down under.
Avert your eyes. We warned you! The Pitch Perfect actress certainly lived up to her name when she presented with The Wanted wearing a shirt-dress that suggested the lawn needed mowing.
5. Twilight cast appear sans Kristen Stewart
Awk-ward. Video rants are being uploaded as we speak after Pattinson appeared with members of the Twilight cast without his co-star and verified cheating ex, Kristen Stewart. Common sense wins over movie promotion… this time.
6. Gabby Douglas is head-over-heels for Alicia Keys
The little Olympian extends her winning spotlight by doing some tumbling passes through Keys’ performance of the aptly titled, “Girl On Fire.”
7. Taylor Swift is feeling “Red”
Another poor guy feels the wrath of a woman scorned. Pretty in red, Swift performed “We Are Never Getting Back Together” and says that it’s about someone she dated in the last two years. Jake Gyllenhaal, possibly?
8. Kevin Hart: Not funny or Just Too Fast?
There were some mixed reviews on Twitter about Hart’s hosting humor. We couldn’t decide if he was just totally dying up there or if he was talking way too fast for us to understand his jokes – or both?
9. Pink gets mouthy
We feel Pink. We love anything Pink releases. But, there was some rumbling among viewers that she could’ve spent a bit more on her VMA performance. Dancing lips may not have been the biggest bang for your buck, Pink.
10. Psy shows Kevin Hart how to steal a show
The Korean Internet sensation woke us up just in time for Green Day by appearing on the show with his trademark horse dance. Oh, MTV, maybe he should have hosted? As we saw, his English is pretty good-ish.
What made you cheer? And what you cringe? Tell us in the comments section below.