Katy Perry hoisted her Moonman to the sky after accepting the final award of the night - Video of the Year - for "Firework." Husband Russell Brand, who took the stage earlier in the night to introduce the Amy Winehouse tribute, was all smiles and support in the audience.
Beyoncé shows off her baby bump at the end of her 2011 MTV VMAs performance.
Lady Gaga surprised everyone by entering the VMAs, not in an egg, but as a man -- her male alter-ego Jo Calderone from her recent "You and I" video.
Lady Gaga & Brian May
Lady Gaga - as Jo Calderone - was joined on stage by former Queen guitarist Brian May to riff on a Greaser-inspired performance of her new country-tinged power ballad, "You and I."
Lil Wayne rips off his shirt and rocks the stage in a pair of leopard jeggings and red Vans during his heavily-censored performance of "How To Love."
Katy Perry smiles in a record-inspired dress and shocking pink locks with her three trophies, for Video of the Year, Best Visual Effects & Best Collaboration with Kanye West.
Jay-Z & Kanye West
Jay-Z and Kanye West ripped through a performance of "Otis," complete with an American flag backdrop and giant jets of fire.
Bruno Mars took the stage during a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, performing one of the songs that made her famous, "Valerie."
Chris Brown flies out over the audience during his VMA performance, which included Nirvana and Wu-Tang Clan tributes, as well as his own "Yeah 3X" and "Beautiful People."
Britney Spears excitedly accepts a moonman for Best Pop Video, giving a shout out to sons Sean Preston and Jayden.
Justin Bieber thanks Jesus and his fellow nominees as he accepts a Moonman for Best Male Video.
Lady Gaga & Britney Spears
Lady Gaga presents the Best Pop Video award to a very uncomfortable Britney Spears during the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Performance of Britney Spears' Iconic Video Looks
Dozens of young girls take the stage dressed in Britney Spears' iconic video looks for a tribute to the pop queen.
Nicki Minaj & Jonah Hill
Nicki Minaj grins as she and comedian Jonah Hill announce Minaj's tourmate, Britney Spears, as Best Pop Video winner.
Adele brought a touch of class to the VMAs, clutching her chest as she performed her piano ballad "Someone Like You."
Tyler, the Creator
After a zealous viral campaign for the award, Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator took home a Moonman for Best New Artist.
Nicki Minaj gave Lil Wayne a smooch and pulled Tyler, the Creator onstage to celebrate her Best Hip-Hop Video win for "Super Bass."
Beyoncé rocked a sequined purple blazer and big curls during her performance of "Love on Top," from her new "4" album.
Gaga - still dressed as a man - accepted a Moonman for Best Female Video. During the VMA pre-show, she also won for Best Video With A Message.
During Foo Fighters' acceptance speech for Best Rock Video for "Walk," Dave Grohl encouraged, "Never lose faith in rock music. You might have to look a little harder, but you will always find it."
Comedian Russell Brand turns off the jokes to introduce a tribute to his late friend Amy Winehouse.
Tony Bennett debuts a never-before-seen video of his "Body and Soul" duet with Amy Winehouse during the tribute for the deceased singer.
Pitbull performs his hit "Give Me Everything," surrounded by back-up dancers and a black lace-clad Nayer, who is featured on the track.
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator looks less-than-pleased posing with his Moonman for Best New Artist, but the Odd Future member was jumping and cheering when the award was announced.
Brushing back her greased-up hair, Gaga - as greaser alter-ego Jo Calderone - posed with her two Moonmen, for Best Female Video and Best Video With A Message.
Nicki Minaj poses with a dozen accessories and her Best Hip-Hop Video moonman after ecstatically accepting the award onstage.
Britney Spears smiles with her newest moonmen, given to her for Best Pop Video and for the Video Vanguard tribute.
After breaking her foot in a recent stage fall, Jessie J sits in a chair, still able to command the red carpet and smoothly transition the show, singing clips of Top 40 hits.
Young The Giant
Young The Giant travel with an audience - the band brought 250 fans to watch their VMA performance.
Ladies of "Jersey Shore"
The ladies of "Jersey Shore" were joined onstage by Cloris Leachman, who hit on Pauly D and then presented the Best Female Video award to Lady Gaga.
Miley Cyrus & Sean White
Miley Cyrus and Sean White introduce the nominees for Best Rock Video, won by the Foo Fighters for their song "Walk."
Newly-married Kim Kardashian looks sultry and stunning as she presents the Best Male Video moonman to pal Justin Bieber.
Ne-Yo was surrounded by dancers as he sang "Give Me Everything" onstage with Pitbull and Nayer, in his first VMA performance ever.
Selena Gomez & Taylor Lautner
Selena Gomez and "Twilight" star Taylor Lautner presented Tyler, the Creator with his Best New Artist award.
Kevin Hart introduces the VMAs and transitions between presenters, joking and mocking stars like Lil Wayne in true host fashion, despite not being the "official" host.
Jack Black, Will Ferrel & Seth Rogen
The "Beastie Boys of the future," comedians Jack Black, Will Ferrel and Seth Rogen, challenge Odd Future to a dance battle before presenting Nicki Minaj with the award for Best Hip-Hop Video.