2010 VMAs: Dramatic Photos From Music’s Big Night

The MTV Video Music Awards promised to be a night of spectacle and stunts. Take a look out the highlights from this year's most outrageous night of music, celebrities, and fun.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Lady Gaga accepts award from Cher on stage at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 12, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Lady Gaga;Cher
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Cher, an over-the-top diva from a different era, gave Lady Gaga her best-video award and noted she had been raising eyebrows when Lady Gaga "was still Baby Gaga." The diva took home five moon-men statues including Video of the Year for Bad Romance. Check out the highlights from the rest of the night.
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Gaga accepted her video of the year award with an outfit sure to anger PETA, a dress and chapeau made of what seemed to be cuts of raw beef, including a meat purse. She recently appeared on the cover of Vogue Japan wearing a similar outfit.
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Gaga sang the title of her new album, "Born This Way," as she accepted the last award.
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Taylor Swift was also the talk to the night. At last years VMA's, rapper Kanye West stole the mic from Swift's hands while she accepted an award, sparking a massive controversy.
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Alone on stage, Swift sang about the incident with the premiere of her song,"Speak Up." Although she never mentioned West by name, her lyrics, "32 is still growing up now. Who you are is not what you did. You're still an innocent," seemed directed at him and perhaps provided the final word on the matter.
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West closed out the night with a performance of his new song, Runaway." Accompained by ballet dancers and Clipse rapper Pusha T, West's song grappled with the self-doubt he's dealt with over the last year.
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In a prerecorded skit, Lindsay Lohan gave Chelsea Handler a handy piece of advice before the show: stay sober. "Do you think anyone likes working with a drunk? They don't, take it from me," joked Lohan.
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Host Handler opened the show with her best Lady Gaga impression releasing a white dove from her skirt.
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Handler found out just what happens in the Jersey Shore hot tub. "Now that's a situation," remarked Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.
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Justin Bieber, who won the Best New Artist award, was almost captured by screaming tween girls during his performance of Baby.
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Eminem kicked off the night with "Not Afraid" before being joined on stage by Rihanna, who performed a surprise rendition of their hit Love the Way You Lie.
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Katy Perry joked with rapper Nicki Minaj about finding a boyfriend at the show. Perry and fiancee Russell Brand started dating after hitting it off at the 2009 VMAs.
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Usher pulled out the stunts and the dance moves for his performance of OMG.
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Jordan Catalano returned to MTV, ugh . . . we mean Jared Leto, frontman of 30 Seconds to Mars, accepted the award for Best Rock Video for "Kings and Queens."
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Florence + the Machine brought the soul in their performance of Dog Days are Over.
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The unlike duo of Hayley Williams and B.o.B. blurred genres in their hip-hop/rock mash up.
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Jason Derulo lit up the stage with his dance-beat inspired performance.
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Smoking hot True Blood stars Joe Manganiello and Evan Rachel Wood played nice as they presented an award at the show.
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Newcomers Ke$ha and Trey Songz teamed up to introduce a performance.
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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara teased the nominees as she handed out the award for best male video.
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The wild boys from Jackass tried out their 3D glasses while presenting an award. Does anyone really when to feel that close to Steve-O?
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With gold feathers in her hair and an Alexander McQueen gown Lady Gaga made an epic entrance on the red carpet. Check out the outrageous fashion at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"The Situation" kept his shirt on, "Snooki" lost her signature bump, and "Jwoww" didn't knock anyone out . . .what happened to the Jersey Shore?
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Pop star Katy Perry left her blue wig at home and opted for just a twist of blue locks at the VMA's.
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Twilight Saga star Ashley Greene glowed as usual on the red carpet of the VMA's.
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Heart throb Justin Bieber made all the tweens scream as he made his appearance on the red carpet.
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Singer Ke$ha arrived on the red carpet with a full warrior look and faux fur.
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Ronnie and Sammi "Sweetheart" of the Jersey Shore broke up and then got back together by the time this photo was snapped on the red carpet.
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Easy A starlet Emma Stone rocks it out on the red carpet in a leather mini dress.
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The boys from The Social Network Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg, and Andrew Garfield looked chummy together on the red carpet.
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True Blood's first werewolf Joe Manganiello showed off his sharp style on the red carpet. No biting Joe.
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Modern Family starlet Miranda Cosgrove sparkled on the red carpet.
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The boys from 30 Seconds to Mars, Tomo Milicevic, Jared Leto and Shannon Leto rode to the red carpet on bicycles with an entourage of bike messengers behind them.
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Its not a party on the red carpet without former Housewife Bethenny Frankel. But Bethenny what are you wearing?
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Looks like Jersey Shore's Vinny Guadagnino got his GTL (Gym, Tanning, Laundry) on before the big show. Check out that fresh hairline.
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The band Paramour with red-head Hayley Williams showed off their digs on the red carpet.
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Singer Travie McCoy may have tried to hide that cigarette behind his back on the red carpet, but we can still see it.
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Reality TV star Stephanie Pratt looked gorgeous in this red carpet stunner.
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Rapper Drake looked smooth in all black on the red carpet.
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Songstress Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine pulled together a lace vintage look on the red carpet.
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Actress Rosario Dawson flashed her fabulous smile on the red carpet.
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America's Next Top Model finalist Eva Marcille strutted onto the red carpet with blue platform heels.
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The Hills reality TV starlet, Audrina Patridge wrapped herself in silver giving the tinman a run for his money.
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Singer Trey Songz stood out on the red carpet with his popped collar and green leather jacket.
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