Recap: 2013 Youtube Music Awards

And the award goes to…..The “Rap God” himself, Eminem. The rap artist took home the award for “Artist of the Year” at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. The first ever award show was broadcasted live online last night from New York City.


Unlike other award shows, the awards are handed out on a decision that is fully based on the amount of views and subscribers each artist gets on YouTube, as well as a total of 60 million YouTube viewers who voted prior to the award show.


With a total of six awards being handed out (see full list below), there were also several performances that took place last night as well.


The first ever YouTube Music Awards, also known as YTMA, was kicked off with a performance by rock band Arcade Fire. The band revealed their new single “Afterlife.”


Eminem performed, what has claimed to be the fastest rap track ever “Rap God,” which was filmed and broadcasted in black and white. The rapper stunned YouTube viewers by performing the track live and not missing any words.


Lady Gaga also took to the stage performing a new song titled “Dope”. The single is off of her upcoming studio album ARTPOP, which is expected to be released November 11. The pop diva gave an emotional performance, where she came to tears as she performed while playing her piano (performance below).


Taylor Swift also took home a YouTube award, with her hit “I Knew You Were Trouble” winning the YouTube phenomenon award. South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation took home an award, winning Video of the Year, for their song “I Got A Boy” beating out Lady Gaga, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and others.


The award show was hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts.


List of Winners and Nominees

Breakthrough of the Year

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kendrick Lamar

Naughty Boy




Response of the Year

Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix – Radioactive

Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) – Mirrors

Jayesslee – Gangnam Style

ThePianoGuys – Titanium/Pavane

Walk Off the Earth (feat. KRNFX) – I Knew You Were Trouble


Innovation of the Year

DeStorm – See Me Standing

Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy

Atoms For Peace – Ingenue

Bat For Lashes – Lilies

Toro Y Moi – Say That


YouTube Phenomenon

I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift

Diamonds – Rihanna

Gangnam Style – Psy

Harlem Shake – Baauer

Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis


Video of the Year

Girls’ Generation – I Got A Boy

Demi Lovato – Heart Attack

Epic Rap Battles Of History – Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Justin Bieber(feat. Nicki Mina) – 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


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