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One Direction’s stateside success continued when they picked up three gongs at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The boyband – Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson – won the awards, known as Moonmen, for best pop video, best new artist and most share-worthy video at the event in Los Angeles.

Speaking from the stage where they performed their hit One Thing, Horan said: “We’ve grown up watching this show and to even be here is an honour.”

Styles said the night had been “unbelievable”, adding: “This was our favourite performance we’ve ever done. For us to be here in the first place is amazing, and to perform and win a Moonman is amazing.”

The awards show kicked off with a performance by Rihanna who also took the video of the year prize, for her hit We Found Love.

Coldway won the award for the best rock video.

One Direction, who got together on the X Factor, became the first UK pop group to debut at number one on the US album chart earlier this year with Up All Night.