(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though many on the East Coast lost power Sunday night due to Hurricane Irene and couldn't watch the show, the 2011 installment of the MTV Video Music Awards still set a ratings record.
In fact, it racked up the highest viewing audience for any show in MTV's 30-year history, according to Variety.
The telecast attracted 12.4 million viewers, who tuned in to see Lady Gaga perform dressed in male drag, Beyonce announce her pregnancy to the world, and Katy Perry pick up the award for Video of the Year.
In addition, the MTV pre-show, hosted by Selena Gomez, attracted 7.3 million viewers, an increase of 16 percent over last year.
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