MTV VMAs 2012: Seven Things That Sucked and Seven Things That Didn't Totally Suck

See also "Fashion Freakouts at the MTV VMAs 2012" -- plus "MTV Video Music Awards 2012's Big Winners and Even Bigger Losers."

Last night, America's pop culture elite came together in Los Angeles to celebrate almost 30 years of Moonmen. It was the 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards, and it coulda been worse.

For one, Chris Brown and Drake didn't throw liquor bottles at each other while Rihanna performed new song "Cockiness." Nobody climbed on anything inappropriate or hijacked any mikes à la Kanye.

Honestly, it was kind of a quiet night. But that doesn't mean there weren't some stand-up assholes and all-around nice jobs. In case you missed it, here's what sucked and didn't suck about the VMAs.

To start things off, here are the parts that didn't suck.

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7. The Set
Did you see that jagged mess of lights that Calvin Harris was spinning inside? It was totally awesome, definitely the best DJ booth in MTV Video Music Awards history. And that goes for the whole set design. It was kind of scary, described by designers as "broken glass," but it was just the kind of edge and drama the VMAs should encompass.

6. Frank Ocean
His performance was a bit shaky, especially in the beginning. But his heartfelt delivery and charming, soulful nature made up for it. This was Ocean's true unveiling. Get ready to hear "Thinking Bout You" every day on the radio. The world's in love now.

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