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Everything You Need to Know About The YouTube Music Awards

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Voting for the first ever YouTube Music Awards is already underway. The event will stream live on November 3rd from New York City’s Pier 36. There are six categories for the awards: Video of the year, Artist of the year, Response of the year, YouTube phenomenon, YouTube breakthrough and Innovation of the year. The videos and artists chosen represent the highest viewed, commented on, shared, and tweeted posts over the past 12 months of activity on YouTube.

The awards will be hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian/musician Reggie watts. Performers for the event will include: Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Lindsey Sterling, CDZA, Walk Off the Earth, Tyler the Creator, Avicii, M.I.A., and Earl Sweatshirt. In addition to the live entertainment, YouTube will also be coordinating performances to be streamed live from Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, London and Rio that will kick everything off at 2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET on Nov. 3.

The winners of the awards ceremony will be chosen by You, the fans. To vote, look up the event (YTMA) on YouTube.com and you will be directed to videos of the nominees. Then it is a small matter of viewing, sharing, tweeting, or commenting in order to cast your vote. As of Monday, October 28th, the YMTA (YouTube Music Awards) Spotlight page had over fourteen and a half million subscribers with page views exceeding two-hundred eighty-six million, six hundred thousand.

Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in this groundbreaking event hosted by Kia. Here is a list of the categories and their nominees:

Video of the Year:
Epic Rap Battles of History, “Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”
Girls Generation, “I Got a Boy”
Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj, “Beauty and a Beat”
Lady Gaga, “Applause”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert, “Same Love”
Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop”
One Direction, “Best Song Ever”
PSY, “Gentleman”
Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”

Artist of the Year
Epic Rap Battles of History
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Response of the Year
Boyce Avenue feat. Fifth Harmony, “Mirrors”
Jayesslee, “Gangnam Style”
Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, “Radioactive”
ThePianoGuys, “Titanium / Pavane”
Walk Off the Earth feat. KRNFX, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

YouTube Phenomenon
Gangnam Style
Harlem Shake
I Knew You Were Trouble
Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Naughty Boy

Innovation of the Year
Anamanaguchi, “Endless Fantasy
Atoms for Peace, “Ingenue
Bat For Lashes, “Lilies
DeStorm, “See Me Standing
Toro Y Moi, “Say That”

My name is Kyle Yung. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in theatre and English from Hanover College, as well as a Masters Degree in creative writing from Full Sail University. I have a wide array of experience, including starting a community theatre company, working as a sound designer, photographing sports for a newspaper and operating heavy machinery at a steel mill.