From individual rejection as X Factor contestants to the top of the UK and US pop charts as a unified group, One Direction has become a smart, creative force of nature – and have millions of fans to prove it.
Simon Cowell may have given them their break, but they’ve gone their own way ever since.
Want to know more about One Direction’s big, crazy year?
Check out our exclusive video, The Evolution of One Direction, and don’t miss the 2012 Video Music Awards, with performances by One Direction, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, P!nk, Alicia Keys, Green Day and more. The MTV Video Music Awards, hosted by Kevin Hart, will air live TONIGHT at 8/7c, only on MTV.