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The rapper – neigh, rhythmic mastermind – behind viral hit "Gangnam Style" is joined by host Kevin Hart in bringing the ubiquitous horse dance to the VMA stage.
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In an homage to Cleopatra and '90s choreography, Rihanna cocked her "Cockiness" in front of a serpent's open mouth.
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For her first live performance of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift got positively balletic, getting a lift from a group of dancers.
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Having left the Olympics behind in a trail of gold dust, Gabby Douglas flies over the VMA stage during Alicia Keys's performance of her new single, "Girl on Fire."
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The Flying Squirrel's gymnastic leaps even put a bounce in the singer's step, and the two high-fived as Douglas left the stage.
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In case the command to "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" didn't come through clearly enough, Pink stomps her feet emphatically to really get her point across.
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Joining rapper 2 Chainz for a bouncy performance of "Yuck!," Lil Wayne lets his whole body – and all his dreads – go with abandon.