The MTV Video Music Awards (abbreviated as the VMAs) are an annual award show hosted by MTV, honoring the best music videos of the year.

One Direction made their first appearance on the awards show in 2012, where they received their first nomination, first win, and performed for the first time.


The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were held on September 6, 2012 at the Staples Arena. One Direction was nominated for three awards, "Most Share-Worthy Video", "Best New Artist", and "Best Pop Video".

Before the show began, the award for the fan voted "Most Share-Worthy Video" was given out. One Direction won with over one million more votes ahead of the second place artist.

The first award of the show, "Best Pop Video", was presented by Katy Perry. One Direction won the award for "What Makes You Beautiful". Later, after a sneak peek of One Direction walking onstage, they performed "One Thing".

Near the end of the night, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha presented One Direction with the "Best New Artist" Award.


The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 25, 2013 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. One Direction was nominated for one award, "Best Song of the Summer". The audience booed as the band made their acceptance speech, which caused Lady Gaga to walk out of the ceremony in disgust. She met up with One Direction backstage, in order to express her outrage and to comfort them. She told them "I don’t know what I heard out there, but if I did hear what I heard out there, I just want to tell you that you deserve every bit of success that you have. And don’t you dare let those people boo you. I want to leave right now, I don’t want to stay anymore. Because I don’t want to be in a room where people will boo like that." They took photos together and have remained friends ever since.


For the 2017 MTV VMAs, Harry Styles received two solo nominations - Best Pop Video and Best Visual Effects - for Sign Of The Times.


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