Rihanna & Chris Brown Share a Celebratory Smooch at the VMAs

MTV Video Music Awards: Rihanna and Chris Brown Kissing
Rihanna and Chris Brown at the MTV Video Music Awards

updated 09/07/2012 AT 01:50 PM EDT

originally published 09/07/2012 AT 11:50 AM EDT

By the end of the night Thursday, Rihanna emerged as the big winner, taking home the most-coveted prize at the MTV Video Music Awards: the Moonman for video of the year.

Among those congratulating her: ex Chris Brown, who greeted the star – with a kiss.

The former couple were photographed sharing a smooch as the singer returned to her seat after accepting honors for "We Found Love," which features the chorus about experiencing romance "in a hopeless place."

Their friendly display at L.A.'s Staples Center comes after Rihanna's recent revelation that she still has feelings for Brown, 23, whose relationship with the singer, 24, was marked by a domestic violence drama that unfolded in headlines more than three years ago.

"I truly love him," she told Oprah last month during an emotional interview, in which she confirmed that they had reconnected in St. Tropez earlier in the year. "And the main thing for me is that he is at peace. I'm not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care."

Brown also earned honors at the ceremony in the categories of best male video and best choreography.

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