Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner probably aren't ever getting back together, but they seem cool with it.
Guess we can rule out Taylor Lautner as the inspiration behind Taylor Swift's record-breaking new single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"! As you might recall, the two Taylors dated a few years back, and as everybody knows (ahem, John Mayer), Taylor has a penchant for writing songs about her exes. Now that a few years have passed, it looks like Taylor and Taylor are in the chill zone, because HELLO! This picture of Taylor Swift hugging Taylor Lautner is EVERYTHING!
On a separate note, we've always wondered what it would be like to absolutely slay a live performance in front of your ex, which, incidentally, is exactly what Taylor Swift did tonight. Taylor S closed out the 2012 MTV VMAs with a performance of her her breakup anthem "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," and we're basically positive pretty sure that Taylor must have felt a little weird watching his ex-GF essentially take over the entire world. That, and he was probably also thanking THE GOOD LORD ABOVE that Taylor's new song wasn't about him. Or so we think...
2012 MTV VMA host Kevin Hart dives face first into the crowd!
We knew the 2012 MTV VMAs were gonna be insane, but we had no idea that the level of badass-ery would surpass even our wildest dreams! Meaning Taylor Swift crowd-surfed! Yes, you heard me right. Taylor Swift, the she of sweetness and sundresses, Taylor who plays dress-upANDfetch with her cat, bodysurfed over a crowd of completely SHOCKED VMA audience members! And though Taylor Swift's jump may have been the most surprising, she wasn't the only one to fling her body across a sea of strangers. In fact, we'd venture to say that crowd surfing was totally, like, a "thing" at the VMAs.
As VMA host, we suppose it was Kevin Hart's civic duty to jump-start the crowd-surfing train, but we had zero clue so many other famous peeps would go totally HAM on the VMA audience. Lil Wayne had his crowd-surfing moment via a totally baller sideways jump into the crowd, while Taylor Swift opted for a more demure, backstroke position. But again, we repeat: TAYLOR SWIFT crowd surfed! In case you passed out when I mentioned it the first time.
Taylor Swift does the backstroke in a sea of VMA audience members.
Lil' Wayne stage dives butt-first. But obviously though, right?
One more pic of Kevin Hart crowd surfing. Just for fun!
Picking your favorite 2012 MTV VMA performance is kind of like picking your favorite child. Tough, but you know that every parent secretly does it anyway, so why not just quietly embrace it? In case you're still in a daze from all the sick performances that went down tonight, here's a quick recap: Decked out in a head-to-toe Egyptian ensemble (obvs), Rihanna opened the show by performing "Cockiness" and "We Found Love" with an assist from A$AP Rocky. The girl power moment continued when Pink took the stage, and amid a sea of Busby Berkeley-esque (or Twizzler-like, depending on your frame of reference) dancing red lips, slayed her performance of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)." And let us not forget the 10-second snippet of "Get The Party Started," which obviously earns her an extra 10,000 bonus points. IMHO.
Things slowed down a bit when Frank Ocean hit the stage to deliver his introspective, unparalleled performance of "Thinkin Bout You," followed by the piercing screams of 100,000 (or so) ecstatic girls during One Direction's "One Thing" performance.
Directioners, JUST ACCEPT that this happened. And be happy for them.
DO NOT hate Katy Perry because she is beautiful. CELEBRATE Katy Perry because this woman is an absolute and utter genius. She's a thought leader who proved that, while under pressure, she's capable of making the BEST decisions. Like the decision to KISS NIALL AND HARRY of One Direction when presenting them with their Best Pop Video Moonman -- their first of three(!) Moonmen at the 2012 MTV VMAs.
Katy's a known One Direction fan -- she even wept dreamily into Rihanna's shoulder as they performed "One Thing" that night. And could you blame her for being overcome by their British perfection? (She does have a thing for Brits.) And, Directioners, I know you feel an intense ownership of One Direction, don't blame Harry and Niall for kissing Katy. Because LOOK AT KATY PERRY. Show me a person who'd pass up the opportunity to kiss her, and I'll show you a true idiot. Everyone took one for the team here, and they are to be commended for their valor... and their opportunism. Everyone won.
When Katy Perry offers you a Moonman, YOU TAKE THE MOONMAN.
New Bestie Alert, guys! Well, not so much as an "alert," but maybe more like a "HELLO, DUH," because obviously Katy Perry and Rihanna are besties! We've just wrapped an incredible 2012 MTV VMAs, and in addition to a ton of killer performances, Katy and Rihanna's BFF-ness was on full display! Or in simpler terms, if the VMAs had an award for most adorable pop star BFF duo, Katy and Rihanna would be the obvious winners. Or let's call them Kihanna. Or Raty. Or Rihaty. You pick.
One Direction, Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, and Rihanna all perform at the VMAs! Plus some surprise guests!
OK guys, the 2012 MTV VMAs are finally here. I'm dying! I'm kvelling! ::Reaches for paper bag to breath into:: Yeah, I think the entire internet knows by now that We. Are. Crazy. Excited. About. This. We know there's practically a metric ton of stuff to watch between tonight's performances, presenters, "Oh Sh*t" moments, and thank y'all speeches, but really, we have to ask: What would any VMAs show be without its performers? It's practically all we spent the last eight plus weeks blogging about! (And dreaming about.) And if you've been following along like a good Belieber or Directioner, you would already know that Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Pink, One Direction, Green Day, and more all take the stage at this year's show. So follow along with us as we take you through each of tonight's performances, mmmkay? Here we go!
Read up on each of the 2012 MTV VMA performances after the jump!
Tune in to the VMAs All Access Livestream while you watch the show!
We know you're all probably staring at the clock/phone/soul right now, waiting intently for the 2012 MTV VMAs to begin. But before you watch the VMA Pre-Show at 7 p.m. E.T. (featuring a performance by Demi Lovato!) and settle in for the main show at 8 p.m. E.T. (featuring performances by Pink, Frank Ocean, Green Day, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and more), you can watch a very special VMA All Access Livestream on vma.mtv.com! And not only that, but the All Access Live Stream will continue throughout the entire show. You'll have exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Staples Center AND the red carpet AND celebrities ranging from cute to beautiful! Oh, and there are DRESSING ROOM CAMS! HYFR!!!
Before the show starts at 8 p.m. E.T., you'll get behind-the-scenes access to red carpet, and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., it's all about behind-the-scenes spy cam action. We'll have cameras (definitely not Big Brother style, promise) scattered all over the place, filming live, exclusive footage of stars hanging out in the halls, chatting on the red carpet, before they go onstage to present or receive Moonmen, before and after performances, and lots more. If you watch the show on TV and follow along with the livestream, it'll almost be like you're there, too, right?! Right. YOU'RE WELCOME! Now LET'S DO THIS!
Get an inside look at what One Direction and Taylor Swift are up to backstage at the VMAs!
OMG, guys, can you stand it?! Because WE CANNOT. The 2012 MTV VMAs are MERE HOURS away, and we're practically holding back tears of joy thinking about it. Because we're major snoops We were dying to see what people were up to in the final hours before the VMAs kick off tonight at 8 p.m. E.T., so we took a peek backstage to visit VMA-nominated songstress Taylor Swift and British boy band (and perfect hair pioneers) One Direction. We now have these CHAR-MING behind-the-scenes clips of the two acts gettin' ready, or if you want, you can also watch them on 1D and Taylor's MTV artist pages. Because choice is everything!
Watch Taylor Swift and One Direction's behind-the-scenes VMA videos after the jump!
Green Day rehearse for the 2012 MTV VMAs on the same stage they hope One Direction won't fall off of.
Green Day's performance at the 2012 MTV VMAs will be their fifth time rocking the VMA stage. (Only Madonna's got more VMA performances under her Boy Toy belt at seven.) And as VMA veterans -- they've won a total of 11 VMAs, in case you needed reminding -- and the show's elder statesmen (they lost their VMA virginity back in 1994), they can be relied upon to issue cautionary tales and offer words of wisdom where VMA performances are concerned.
And speaking of the VMA stage, following their VMA rehearsal tonight, they issued an official VMA warning (ehh... get it? "Warning"?) for One Direction, with whom they share performing duties at this year's show, and who'll be stepping out onto the VMA stage for their very first time. And their advice -- is pretty simple: "Don't fall off the stage." It's simple advice, but really, some of the best advice is. (Really, who even knows what "a bird in the hand is better than one in the bushel" means or whatever?) So it bears repeating: One Direction, watch your step at the VMAs.
Watch Green Day share their advice for One Direction and place their bets on Best New Artist.