2011 MTV Video Music Awards was the highest rated show yet and MTV’s highest rated broadcast, drawing in a record-breaking 12.4 million viewers.

2011 MTV Video Music Awards was the highest rated MTV Video Music Award show in history and MTV’s highest rated broadcast of all time, drawing in a record-breaking 12.4 million viewers.

The MTV Video Music Awards aka VMAs have been a generational pop-cultural annual award show that gathers the most popular bands and artists each year. For years, the show was noteworthy for its live controversial moments (some cut for the re-runs); it quickly gained popularity because of them, rather than the awards given.

The show starts with a prestacy-show that can last from 1 to 2 hours. That is followed by the main show which lasts up to two-three hours, and then the post-show.

The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, September 6, 2012.