Nominations Announced for the YouTube Music Awards Presented by Kia - Voting Opens for Fans Around the World
The lineup of top performers at the YouTube Music Awards continues to grow. Avicii, M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler the Creator join previously announced acts Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire for the live show, with YouTube sensations Lindsey Stirling and CDZA also on tap to perform. Actor and musician Jason Schwartzman is joined by comedian and musician Reggie Watts to host this live event presented in partnership with Kia Motors Corporation. Music video visionary Spike Jonze is creative director, with executive producers VICE Media and SunsetLane Entertainment.
Nominations for the YouTube Music Awards have been determined based on YouTube data over the last 12 months, with nominees representing the artists and videos with the highest levels of YouTube fan engagement, including views, likes, shares, comments, and subscriptions.
Fans can now vote to determine the winners of each nomination category by visiting youtube.com/musicawards or searching "YTMA" on YouTube, and sharing the official YouTube Music Awards nomination videos across Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
The six nomination categories and nominees for this year's YouTube Music Awards are:
Video of the Year: Honoring the world's most loved music videos, these nomineesrepresent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.
• Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney. Epic Rap Battles Of History
• 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: Honoring YouTube's most loved acts, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed to artists over the last year.
• Justin Bieber
• Katy Perry
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Nicki Minaj
• One Direction
• Taylor Swift
Response of the Year: Honoring the best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top "unofficial" fan videos on YouTube based on the videos fans watched, shared or liked.
• 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: Recognizing the YouTube trends that the world could not get enough of, nominees are based on the songs that generated the most fan videos.
• Gangnam Style
• Harlem Shake
• I Knew You Were Trouble v• Thrift Shop
YouTube Breakthrough: Honoring music's breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers over the last year.
• Kendrick Lamar
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
• Naughty Boy
Innovation: Recognizing the groundbreaking creativity of music videos on YouTube,these nominees were selected by an international panel of artists and creators torepresent the most creative and innovative videos from the last 12 months.
• Anamanaguchi - ENDLESS FANTASY
• Atoms For Peace - Ingenue
• Bat For Lashes - Lilies
• DeStorm - See Me Standing
• Toro Y Moi - "Say That"