Katy Perry's 'Firework' is Video of the Year

Katy Perry and Adele each took home three VMA Moonmen with Lady Gaga scooping two. Katy Perry won the biggest prize of the night, "Video of the Year," with her pop anthem, "Firework," as well as honours for “Best Collaboration” and “Best Special Effects” for “E.T.” featuring Kanye West.

Adding to her reign atop the album charts, Adele won VMAs for "Best Art Direction," "Best Cinematography," and "Best Editing." Genre and gender-defying Lady Gaga kicked off the night as her alter ego Joe Calderone with a show-stopping performance of "You and I," and later walked away with two VMAs for "Best Female" and this year's new category, "Best Video with a Message."

There was an unforgettable VMA debut from a hauntingly beautiful Adele who performed the heart-breaking "Someone Like You" with only a piano by her side and the glow of a single spotlight. Introduced by Katy Perry, Adele left the audience breathless as she treated them to one of the most powerful voices of a generation and they responded with a standing ovation.

An ogling Joe Calderone returned to the stage to present Britney Spears with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The two together then introduced Beyoncé, who, before starting to sing "Love on Top," confirmed pregnancy rumors by saying "I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me." She ended the song by rubbing her belly to reveal her baby bump as a proud and expectant father Jay-Z received congratulations from the audience.

The emotional highpoint and poignant moment of the evening was the tribute to the late British songstress Amy Winehouse by the legendary Tony Bennett with a surprise introduction by actor Russell Brand. Bennett unveiled footage of Winehouse’s final performance -- his recent recording session with her of their duet "Body and Soul" for his upcoming Duets II album. The tribute continued with Bruno Mars’s triumphant performance of Winehouse’s hit “Valerie.” With his soaring vocals, horn section harmonies, and smooth and syncopated choreography, Mars and his band’s performance was a joyous celebration of Winehouse’s life and music.

Throughout the show Jessoe J commanded the House Artist stage as the VMA House Artist, keeping the crowd moving as she belted out her signature hits as well as a selection of other chart toppers.

Below are this year's VMA award winners:


VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Katy Perry
Title: Firework

BEST NEW ARTIST
Tyler, The Creator
Title: Yonkers

BEST MALE VIDEO
Justin Bieber
Title: U Smile

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Lady Gaga
Title: Born This Way

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Nicki Minaj
Title: Super Bass

BEST POP VIDEO
Britney Spears
Title: Till The World Ends

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Foo Fighters
Title: Walk

BEST COLLABORATION
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
Title: E.T.

BEST VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE
Lady Gaga
Title: Born This Way

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES:

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyonce
Title: Run The World (Girls)

BEST EDITING
Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep

BEST SFX (SPECIAL EFFECTS)
Katy Perry feat. Kanye West
Title: E.T.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep

BEST ART DIRECTION
Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep

BEST DIRECTION
Adele
Title: Rolling In The Deep

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