The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards went down in Los Angeles Thursday night (Sep 6), and some of the stars who posed for pictures on the red carpet outside the Staples Center were Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Frank Ocean, Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas and many others.

Check out 20+ pics of celebs arriving at the 2012 MTV VMAs below: