2012 MTV Video Music Awards Highlights: Gabby Douglas, Frank Ocean and More

2012 MTV Video Music Awards highlights.

ByABC News
September 6, 2012, 11:37 PM

Sept. 7, 2012 — -- intro: As far as Video Music Awards shows go, Thursday night's was fairly tame. No speech interruptions. No meat dress. No thinly veiled pregnancy announcements. But this being the most off-the-wall awards ceremony of the year, there were highlights, none more brilliant than Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas cartwheeling across the VMA stage during Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj's performance of "Girl on Fire."

Click through for six more memorable moments from the 2012 MTV VMAs, as well as a full list of the night's winners.

quicklist: 1title: Rihanna Wins Best Video of the Year ... text: ... for "We Found Love," one of the songs she performed at the start of Thursday's VMAs. She was elegantly poised accepting the Moonman trophy, while host Kevin Hart screamed like a child.media: 17177573

quicklist: 2title: Taylor Swift Sings 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' text: Swift dressed up as a nautical pinup for her first live TV performance of her latest hit single. Men of the world, if you weren't scared off by "Dear John," consider this your cue to never, ever break this lady's heart. media: 17178769

quicklist: 3title: Gangnam Styletext: South Korean rapper PSY took the stage with Kevin Hart to perform the dance the world is going nuts over. Unfamilar? Check this out. media: 17178344

quicklist: 4title: Frank Ocean Sings 'Thinking About You'text: The hip-hop singer's performance of "Thinking About You" was awesomely minimalistic in the midst of the VMA's usual acrobatics. (We're talking about you, Pink, though great job in that harness.) It was just him, a guitar, a fire-like display and a mic. Old school perfection.media: 17177855

quicklist: 5title: Kevin Hart Calls Out Kristen Stewarttext: In his opening monologue, Hart dispensed advice to a variety of people, from Drake to Snooki (don't paint the baby orange) to Stewart, who had a fling with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director. "If she did [have an affair], so what?," he said. "It's over. Move on!" She wasn't there to absorb Hart's wisdom, but we're sure her ex, Robert Pattinson, appreciated hearing that before he went on stage. media: 17182138

quicklist: 6title: Kevin Hart and Dwight Howardtext: You usually need a CGI team to get special effects like this. For the record, Hart is 5-foot-2. Howard, the NBA player, is 6-foot-11.media: 17178250

quicklist: 6title: List of 2012 VMA Televised Winnerstext: Video of the Year
Rihanna, "We Found Love"

Best Pop Video
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, "Paradise"

Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake f/ Lil Wayne, "HYFR"

Best New Artist
One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"

Best Female Video
Nicki Minaj, "Starships"

Best Male Video
Chris Brown, "Turn Up the Music"

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Calvin Harris, "Feels So Close"

Best Video with a Message
Demi Lovato, "Skyscraper"