It’s here — the most raucous celebration of awards season, MTV’s Video Music Awards. Scroll through and keep refreshing for all of the night’s highlights. (All times are eastern.)
9:58 p.m. — And Taylor Swift closes out the show with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Before she takes the stage, Kevin Hart implores the audience to vote on Nov. 6, which makes sense considering MTV moved up the VMAs by an hour so the show wouldn’t conflict with President Obama’s DNC speech.
9:56 p.m. — Rihanna takes home the most coveted Moon Man — video of the year for “We Found Love.” She’s elegantly poised, Kevin Hart is screaming like a child.
9:48 p.m. — Hello, Nicki Minaj cameo. She ends her inimitable verse with “cause I really go like Gabby.” Cue Gabby Douglas cartwheeling across the stage as Alicia Keys croons, “This girl is on fire.” #BestVMAmomentEVER
9:45 p.m. — The gold medal winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team beams introducing Alicia Keys, who’s performing “Girl on Fire” for the first time.
9:37 p.m. — The Moon Man for best new artist goes to … One Direction. We thought Carly Rae Jepsen or Frank Ocean had that one locked up.
9:34 p.m. — Kristen Stewart is noticeably absent from the “Twilight” reunion at the VMAs. They’re intro-ing an exclusive clip from “Breaking Dawn.”
9:30 p.m. — A short, sweet Beastie Boys interlude for founding member Adam Yauch, who died in May.
9:26 p.m. — Billie Joe Armstrong sounds back to his old self after a stint in an Italian hospital earlier this week. He’s rocking with Green Day in a pit of fans.
9:24 p.m. — GANGNAM STYLE! South Korean rapper PSY, the Internet sensation of the moment, is on stage with Kevin Hart doing the dance that the world is going nuts over. Unfamiliar? Watch it here.
9:15 p.m. — Nicki Minaj tweets: “Barbz I’m cryin in my dressin room! Like wtf!??!!!!???!!”
9:14 p.m. — 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s performance is a chaos of bleeped expletives. Lil Wayne wins best fashion of the night with his yellow zebra print capris.
9:05 p.m. — Nicki Minaj wins the award for being the most excited about accepting an award. She scores best female video for “Starships,” does not dedicate it to Mitt Romney.
8:59 p.m. — Boy band du jour One Direction takes the stage to belt out “One Thing.”
8:51 p.m. — Drake’s turn — he wins best hip-hop video for “HYFR.” He may be cool in his sweaters and tight jeans now, but he says, “I went to this house part one time and I ended up getting made fun of.”
8:50 p.m. — Andy Samberg’s attempting to rap. “I seek out emotionally unavailable partners.” It’s cute. Oh, now Rashida Jones is starting in with a “YOLO.”
8:40 p.m. — Frank Ocean’s performance of “Thinking About You” is awesomely minimalistic in the midst of the VMA’s usual acrobatics. Him, a guitar, a fire — we could be camping.
8:32 p.m. — Bottle brawl be damned, Brown wins best male video for “Turn Up the Music.”
8:28 p.m. — Pink is soaring above the crowd on a harness and gigantic lips are marching across the stage. Yep, it’s the VMAs.
8:25 p.m. — Kevin Hart next to Dwight Howard might be one of the night’s best special effects.
8:15 p.m. — One Direction scores the first Moon Man of the night, best pop video for “What Makes You Beautiful.”
8:11 p.m. — And now, Kristen Stewart. He says she’s become the adultery dwarf, or something, for cheating on Robert Pattinson with her “Snow White and the Huntsman” director.
8:10 p.m. — Oo, he’s ripping into MTV’s first lady, Snooki. “Here’s my thing, Snooki. I don’t want you to do nothing crazy like spray paint it orange.” “It” = her newborn baby.
8:08 p.m. — President or not, Hart’s playing diplomat. “Drake and Chris Brown, I’m gonna nip this in the bud tonight,” he says about their summer brawl. “You guys are arguing over a mistake. You’re arguing about a thrown bottle in the club.” He goes on to say Drake loves to recycle because he’s from Canada and this apparently caused some kind of misunderstanding that made he and Rihanna’s ex fight. Drake, expressionless in the audience, is having none of it.
8:07 p.m. — Kevin Hart is introduced as the next president of the United States. OK then.
8:00 p.m. – Rihanna’s kicking off the festivities with a mash-up of her latest songs, most memorably, “We Found Love” with the balloon drop that the DNC could not pull off and security guards pushing fans away from the pop-hip-hop star.