One Direction, Rihanna have VMA fans frenzied
Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
One Direction quickly changed the focus of the MTV Video Music Awards, winning two early awards and stealing the attention from Rihanna and her stunning show opener.
Rihanna started the party Thursday night sitting regally upon a throne as she performed her new song "Cockiness (I Love It)" with A$AP Rocky and two groups of dancers. She then made her way into the pit at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and launched into her hit "We Found Love" as she weaved through the crowd, touching hands with dozens of fans.
"Doesn't my girl Rihanna look sexy tonight?" Katy Perry asked the crowd after the performance.
Katy Perry, left, presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
But One Direction, the heartthrob British boy band, quickly took over, bringing thunderous cheers from the crowd upon winning best pop video. It was the night's first televised award and one of five top-nominee Rihanna was up for. They also won the most share-worthy moonman during the pre-awards show.
The quintet, put together by Simon Cowell after "The X Factor" auditions and the first British act to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart, seemed stunned as fans screamed upon announcement of their win.
"We've grown up watching this show and to even be here is an honor," Niall Horan said before the band made its way through the crowd.