MTV VMA 2012: Rihanna Wins ‘Video of the Year’ for ‘We Found Love’ [Video]

Ri Ri not only kicked off the 2012 Video Music Awards, but also won video of the year for “We Found Love.”

After opening the 2012 Video Music Awards with a great performance of “Cockiness” with A$AP Rocky and “We Found Love” featuring DJ Calvin Harris, the singer left the night carrying the biggest prize: Video of the Year.

“MTV thank you so much, but most importantly, my fans thank you so much for voting,” she said. “My Navy. Rihanna Navy … it’s Navy or die. I love you guys, thank you, this is awesome.”

“We Found Love” eclipsed fellow nominees Katy Perry for “Wide Awake,” Gotye with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” Drake featuring Rihanna with “Take Care” and M.I.A’s “Bad Girls.”

One Direction, who reunited after entering as solo singers on British show “The X Factor,” demonstrated that they are quite popular in the United States only half a year after arriving in the country.

The band’s video for “What Makes You Beautiful” brought them both Best New Artist – beating Fun., Carly Rae Jepsen, Frank Ocean and The Wanted – and Best Pop Video, defeating rivals including Justin Bieber.

One Direction has also become the owners of the Most Share-Worthy Video category, to take home the most awards of the night.

As far as other main categories are concerned, Nicki Minaj won Best Female Video for “Starships,” beating Perry’s “Part of Me,” Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” Beyonce’s “Love on Top” and Selena Gomez with “Love You Like a Love Song.”

As MTV reports, Best Male Video won Chris Brown for “Turn Up the Music,” beating his rivals Canadian teen star Justin Bieber for his “Boyfriend” effort, Ocean’s “Swim Good” video, Drake featuring Rihanna with “Take Care” and Usher’s “Climax.”

By the way, there was one moment, out of the broadcast, when cameras cut away from Rihanna once she’d accepted her Video of the Year award for “We Found Love,” she left the stage, and spotted Brown.

The singer, who assaulted Ri Ri back in 2009, made eye contact with his ex-girlfriend  and she walked over to greet him and they shared a quick embrace, before she hugged Bu Thiam (Akon’s brother), VP of A&R at her label, Def Jam.

Last month, in an interview to Oprah Winfrey Rihanna opened up about her complicated relationship with Brown.

The singer invited Winfrey to her hometown in Barbados and told her of the night her ex-boyfriend assaulted the singer after a pre-Grammy Awards party in 2009.

“It was a weird, confusing space to be in,” Rihanna said of the incident on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” set to air on Sunday, August 19 at 9 p.m. ET.

“As angry as I was, as angry and hurt and betrayed, I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help,” she continued.

“It became a circus and I felt protective. I felt like the only person they hate right now is him. Who’s gonna help him?” the ‘Umbrella’ singer wondered.

“So, I had to deal with that and that’s not easy for me to understand, interpret and it’s not easy to interpret on camera, not with the world watching.”

She added: “So it was hard for me to even pay attention to my mind and figuring things out because now it became a circus and I felt protective – like I felt like the only person they hate right now is him.

The court ruling sentenced the rapper to five years of probation and six months of community service and was ordered by the courts to receive domestic violence courses for a year.

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