Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, PSY Lead YouTube Music Awards Nominations, Obviously
The inaugural YouTube Music Awards take place November 3, and today the nominees for the six categories have been announced. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the field with four nominations, including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year and, predictably, YouTube Breakthrough. (Kendrick Lamar is up for that latter award, too, which is odd since YouTube didn’t really have anything at all to do with his rise.) Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj both got nods for Video and Artist of the Year. Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus , One Direction and Katy Perry are also among the nominees.
And it wouldn’t be YouTube without some PSY love. The Korean rapper is up for three awards. Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire were already confirmed as performers, and now M.I.A., Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Avicii and Walk Off The Earth have been added to the lineup.
Check out the full list of nominees below.
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: Eminem Epic Rap Battles [Ed note: LOL ARTIST OF THE YEAR!] Justin Bieber Katy Perry Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Nicki Minaj One Direction PSY Rihanna 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: “Diamonds” “Gangnam Style” “Harlem Shake” “I Knew You Were Trouble” “Thrift Shop”
YouTube Breakthrough: Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Naughty Boy Passenger Rudimental
Innovation of the Year: Anamanaguchi - “ENDLESS FANTASY” Atoms For Peace - “Ingenue” Bat For Lashes - “Lilies” DeStorm - “See Me Standing” Toro Y Moi – “Say That”