Last night's MTV Video Music Awards was undoubtedly all about the British boys (namely five of them called Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn), so the girls needed to do everything they could to steal some of the limelight back.

Step forward Rihanna and Katy Perry.

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The girls did their bit for the US by leading the glamour at the ceremony, where they turned up in some stunning frocks.

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Katy Perry appears to nibble on Rihanna's shoulder during the awards

Katy kept it bang on trend as she took to the red carpet wearing a black sheer dress with red and blue detailing, debuting some new hair extensions.

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Meanwhile, Rihanna stunned as she kept it simple (for once) in a floor-length white gown with twist detailing at the front.

She was also showing off her dramatic new haircut, which has seen her swap her tumbling curls for a short pixie crop.

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Later in the evening, she took to the stage to perform new single Cockiness (Love It) along with her hit We Found Love, which helped her take home the award for Video of the Year and Best Electronic Dance Music Video.

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The bash gave RiRi and K-Pez the perfect opportunity to rekindle their womance - let's just hope Katy gave her a good talking to about kissing Chris Brown...

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  • Rihanna

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Rihanna

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Rihanna

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

  • Rihanna

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

  • Rihanna, A$AP Rocky

    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)

  • Rihanna

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

  • Emma Watson

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

  • Emma Watson

    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.

  • Ezra Miller, Emma Watson

    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)

  • MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Rebel Wilson, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker

    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)

  • Rebel Wilson, Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker

    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)

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

    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)

  • Harry Styles

    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)

  • 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)

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

    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)

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

    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)

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

    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)

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Red Carpet

    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)

  • Rihanna

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

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Show

    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)

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Miley Cyrus

    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)

  • Miley Cyrus

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

  • 2012 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

    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)

  • Amber Rose

    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)

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

    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)

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

    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)

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Pink

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

  • Pink

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

  • Pink

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

  • Pink

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

  • MTV VMA 2012 Arrivals - Los Angeles

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

  • Taylor Swift

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

  • Taylor Swift

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

  • Taylor Swift

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

  • Taylor Swift

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

  • Taylor Swift

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

  • Rita Ora

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

  • Rita Ora

    British singer-songwriter Rita Ora 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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