America have loved One Direction for a while now, but now they have, not one, but THREE MTV VMA awards to prove it.

Needless to say it was a massive night for Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Niall Horan at the bash last night, as they scooped the gongs for Most Share-Worthy Video, Best New Artist and Best Pop Video, fending off competition from the likes of Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

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The British invasion started for the boys on the red carpet, where they rocked up looking super dapper in blazers and skinny black jeans and Louis also debuted a new be-quiffed hairdo (change it back Louis!)

As proceedings got underway, first up was the award for Best Pop Video, which was presented to them by Katy Perry, who Harry obviously managed to grab a cheeky kiss from. We'd watch out if we were you Katy!

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Later in the ceremony saw them bag their second award where they beat off competition from their British boyband rivals The Wanted to win Best New Artist, leaving the 1D boys shocked.

"To win one Moonman is amazing, to win two is incredible," said Harry as they picked up the gong.

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  • Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan,

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan pose backstage with their awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singers Niall Horan (L) and Harry Styles (R) of One Direction accept the award for Best Pop Video from singer Katy Perry onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    Katy Perry, left, presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Rapper Wiz Khalifa and singer Ke$ha present the award for Best New Artist to One Direction onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singer Niall Horan (R) of One Direction accepts the Best Pop Video award from singer Katy Perry onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

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    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne accept the award for best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles

    From left, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, walk onstage to accept the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne accept the award for best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson

    From left, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, of musical group One Direction, perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Harry Styles

    From left, Katy Perry presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan and Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik

    From left, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik, of musical group One Direction, accept the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles

    From left, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik, of musical group One Direction, walk onstage to accept the best new artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

  • Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Harry Styles

    Katy Perry, left, presents the best pop video award to Niall Horan and Harry Styles, right, of musical group One Direction, for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singers Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction perform onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singers Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik and Liam Payne of One Direction accept the award for Best New Artist onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Harry Styles of the band One Direction onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singers Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik of One Direction perform onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    One Direction arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Harry Styles, right, of the British band One Direction greets fans at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Liam Payne arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Louis Tomlinson from the British band One Direction, right, greets fans at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

  • Harry Styles, Zayn Malik

    Harry Styles, center, and Zayn Malik, background right, of musical group One Direction, walk onstage to accept the award for best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

As they say, all good things come in threes and it wasn't long before the boys were back on stage again to collect the award for Most Share-Worthy Video, which was voted for by the fans.

But the lads couldn't head straight off to the bar as they had to make a quick change and return to the stage for their debut VMA performance.

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The level of screaming reached new heights as they belted out third single One Thing surrounded by an army of hysterical girls.

Louis' girlfriend Eleanor Calder and Liam's missus Danielle Peazer could also be seen singing along in support of their men (they're on the second row).

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"This has been unbelievable," Harry said backstage. "This was our favourite performance we've ever done."

After the bash was over, the boys took to Twitter to thank fans for their support on their incredible night.


Harry Styles
We owe you everything. Thank you so much for this. Three VMAs!! YEAH .xx


Louis Tomlinson
Wow can't believe we won three awards ! I said it on stage but i'll say it again! The awards are because of you guys , thank you everyone !


Niall Horan
Guys what the hell! You are incredible, 3 vmas ! We love u all soo much! All 3 of them are for u! Thank you!

They also received a message of congratulations from their very proud boss Simon Cowell.

He tweeted: "Congratulations 1D. I'm very proud of you. Celebrate!"

Don't worry Simon, we're pretty sure they'll be some very sore heads this morning.

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    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna, left, and A$AP Rocky perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Rihanna performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mark J. Terrill/Invision/AP)

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    Emma Watson attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Emma Watson arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Emma Watson arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Ezra Miller, left, and Emma Watson arrive at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Emma Watson and Ezra Miller arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards, at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    The Saturdays arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    From left, Rebel Wilson and Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker, of musical group The Wanted, present an award onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Australian actress Rebel Wilson and Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran and Tom Parker, of musical group The Wanted, present an award onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    The Wanted arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

  • Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan,

    Members of the British band One Direction, from left, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan pose backstage with their awards at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    Harry Styles, of musical group One Direction, gestures as he wins the best pop video award for "What Makes You Beautiful" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Harry Styles, center, and Zayn Malik, background right, of musical group One Direction, walk onstage to accept the award for best new artist at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer Katy Perry arrives at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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    Rihanna arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Singer Niall Horan (R) of One Direction accepts the Best Pop Video award from singer Katy Perry onstage during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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    Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Miley Cyrus arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Singer-actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Miley Cyrus attends the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Rapper Wiz Khalifa and model Amber Rose arrive at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards at Staples Center on September 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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    Amber Rose arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

  • Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Jackson Rathbone

    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Wyck Godfrey, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    From left, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Jackson Rathbone speak onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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    Pink arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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    Pink arriving at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles.

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