One Direction had the girls screaming, Frank Ocean gave a soft, poignant performance, and Chris Brown and Drake were in the same venue with not a bottle thrown. Save for a saucy Rihanna number and a few off-color jokes, the MTV Video Music Awards were a rather tame affair this year.
Perhaps that’s to be expected with a group of teenagers at the center of things.
Rihanna started the show with a sexy medley performance before capping it with a win for the night’s top honor, video of the year.
One Direction owned the rest of the show. The heartthrob British boy band quickly changed the focus Thursday night, winning three awards and stealing the attention from Rihanna.
We’ve grown up watching this show, and to even be here is an honor, Niall Horan said from the stage.
Drake won best hip-hop video for HYFR, which featured Lil Wayne. He talked about his black and Jewish roots growing up in Toronto and his sometimes outsider status.
I want to dedicate this award to any kid that’s ever had a long walk home by yourself, Drake said. This is for you, man, for real. We made it.