2012 MTV VMAs: Rihanna Stuns In White Dress

Statuesque siren Rihanna stunned the MTV Video Music Awards Thursday night with a shocking pixie ‘do she exposed on the red carpet moments before kicking off the show.

But the 24-year-old Barbados beauty — who wound up taking home Video of the Year — obscured her short coif with a red headband during her high-octane performance of “Cockiness (Love It)”/“We Found Love” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“I want you to be my sex slave,” she purred, perched on a gold throne. Rapper A$AP Rocky joined Rihanna on stage — at one point clutching the R&B songstress’ backside.

The 2012 VMAs opened an hour earlier than normal so that it wouldn’t conflict with prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention. But the show, known for its mix of lighthearted frivolity and shocking moments, came off rather tame compared with past years.

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Pictured: Singer Rihanna arrives 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)