The circus-themed awards show, held at Frankfurt's stunning Festhalle dished out awards to Carly Rae Jepsen, Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey and saw performances from the likes of No Doubt, Rita Ora, Pitbull and The Killers.
Reveal was there to see all the action and here are our pick of the highlights of the night.
Best show-stopping outfit: Kim Kardashian
Sashaying down the red carpet with a four-foot black shimmering train, Kim Kardashian was certainly no shrinking violet. In fact her gorgeous fishtale gown was so long that it required a minder on the red carpet especially to check no one accidentally trod on it! Kim was joined by boyfriend Kanye West, who was staying firmly in the shadows and letting his reality queen girlfriend shine.
Best live performance: Taylor Swift
Having picked up three awards, it was Taylor's night and with the hefty responsibility of the final performance, it was always going to be big. Embracing the circus theme with gusto Taylor's performance of 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' saw her take on the role of ringmaster as she shimmied across two stages with a motley crew of weird and wonderful circus acts in tow.
Best get up and dance moment: Psy
Host Heidi Klum did her rendition, German favourite David Hasselhoff even got in on the action, but no one does Gangnam Style quite like Psy. The South Korean rapper not only performed his trademark dance routine with a bumper crew of backing dancers, but he also picked up the award for 'Best Video'.
Biggest upset of the night: Rihanna
Despite being nominated for six awards and receiving huge cheers from the Frankfurt fans whenever her name was mentioned, Rihanna (seen below performing at the Victoria's Secret Runway Show last week) left empty handed. No wonder she decided against making the journey to Germany in person – much to our disappointment. Better luck next time RiRi.
Most down-to-earth celeb: Lana Del Rey
She may not have performed on the night, but Lana Del Rey was there to pick up her award for 'Best Alternative Act'. We spotted the gorgeous singer dressed down in jeans and pumps in Starbucks at the airport the following morning and even queuing with the economy class passengers to board her flight. We like your style Lana!
The MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 winners in full:
Biggest fans: One Direction
Best female: Taylor Swift
Best song: Carly Rae Jepson, 'Call Me Maybe'
Best male: Justin Bieber
Best hip hop: Nicki Minaj
Best electronic: David Guetta
Best live: Taylor Swift
Best look: Taylor Swift
Best new: One Direction
Best push: Carly Rae Jepson
Worldwide act: Han Geng
Best alternative: Lana Del Rey
Best world stage: Justin Bieber
Best video: PSY, 'Gangnam Style'
Best rock: Linkin Park
Best pop: Justin Bieber
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