AP Music Writer
One Direction quickly changed the focus of the MTV Video Music Awards, stealing the attention from Rihanna and her stunning show opening.
Rihanna started the party Thursday night sitting regally upon a throne as she performed her new song "Cockiness (I Love It)" with A$AP Rocky and two groups of dancers. She then made her way into the pit at the Staples Center and launched into her hit "We Found Love" as she weaved through the crowd, touching hands with dozens of fans.
But One Direction, the heartthrob British boy band from brought thunderous cheers from the crowd upon winning best pop video, the night's first televised award and one of five top-nominee Rihanna was up for.
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