Before the show even started, three MTV Video Music Awards were already handed out.
Demi Lovato, who performed on the red carpet, and Calvin Harris, who spun tunes inside the Staples Center before the ceremony, respectively picked up honors in two new categories: best video with a message for Lovato's "Skyscraper" and best electronic dance music video for Harris' "Feel So Close."
"I've always wanted one of these!" beamed Lovato.
One Direction also earned a moon-man trophy in the new most share-worthy category for "What Makes You Beautiful." The British boy band nabbed the award because they garnered more than 27 million tweets with the (hashtag)VoteOneDirection on Twitter. Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" came in second place, earning more than 26 million tweets.
— Derrik J. Lang — Twitter http://twitter.com/derrikjlang
EDITOR'S NOTE — Show Bits brings you the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.