YouTube Announces Music Awards Nominations, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, M.I.A. Added to Performance Line-Up

Earlier this month, we brought you the news that YouTube was launching the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, which will celebrate the most popular artists and songs that were watched on the site over this past year. Now the the site has unveiled the nominees for the event, with artists like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Bat For Lashes, and Atoms For Peace all scoring nods. In addition, YouTube has also announced that M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, The Creator will join Arcade Fire, Eminem and Lady Gaga as the performers for the evening. Take a look at the full list of categories and nominees below.

Video of the Year: Nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last 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: Focused on acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed ­to artists.
Eminem
Epic Rap Battles
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
One Direction
PSY
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Response of the Year: Best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top “unofficial” fan videos on YouTube based on views, shares and other social activity.
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: Nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos.
Diamonds
Gangnam Style
Harlem Shake
I Knew You Were Trouble
Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough: Focusing on breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers.
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Naughty Boy
Passenger
Rudimental

Innovation of the Year: Most creative and innovative music videos on YouTube.
Anamanaguchi ­– “ENDLESS FANTASY”
Atoms For Peace ­– “Ingenue”
Bat For Lashes ­– “Lilies”
DeStorm ­– “See Me Standing”
Toro Y Moi — “Say That”

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