With the 2012 Video Music Awards kicking off shortly tonight, Sept 6 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, go behind the scenes for all the red carpet, backstage and audience goings on – live streaming now.

A range of stars are anticipated to take the stage at the annual awards show tonight, including Frank Ocean, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, plus performances debuting new material from Alicia Keys and Pink.

The awards kick off at 8pm ET/PT, but you can start getting warmed up with the red carpet action right now in the MTV All Access livestream below.