In a bit of foreshadowing, One Direction drew the loudest cheers of the day — something even rivals The Wanted acknowledged — even though fans had to labor under a scorching sun with the temperature at 90 degrees.
The sun was especially hot for Amber Rose, who accentuated her pregnant belly with a black lace gown as she and fiance Wiz Khalifa showed off a baby bump.
"I'm hot, and my feet hurt, but I look gorgeous," Rose said.
While touching, the moment didn't rise to the level of The Baby Bump — when Beyonce showed her unannounced pregnancy on the red carpet last year — Taylor vs. Kanye or The Kiss.
Lil Wayne had one of the night's most tweeted performances when he debuted his heavily bleeped new song "No Worries." And Keys, who debuted "Girl on Fire," drew attention well before she took the stage. The singer and her producer husband Swizz Beatz were spotted with their almost 2-year-old son, Egypt, bobbing up and down on Beatz' lap during Pink's expletive-laden performance of "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)."
There was hubbub on Twitter where several of Keys' fans noted the bawdy nature of the VMAs. Others just thought Egypt was cute.
AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Derrik Lang contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Follow AP Music Writer Chris Talbott: http://twitter.com/Chris_Talbott.
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