YouTube Music Awards Nominees Announced

YouTube is letting music-video fans pick the winners of the first YouTube Music Awards, announcing a slate of nominees that includes Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Rihanna and Taylor Swift — plus several popular homegrown musical acts.

YouTube is aiming to jack up traffic through the voting process on social media: Users can vote at (or searching for “YTMA” on YouTube) by sharing the official YouTube Music Awards nomination videos across Facebook, Twitter or Google+. YouTube determined the nominations based on data over the last 12 months, to represent the artists and videos with the highest levels of engagement, including views, likes, shares, comments and subscriptions.

The YouTube Music Awards nominees span six categories: Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year, YouTube Phenomenon, YouTube Breakthrough and Innovation of the Year.

Video of the Year – videos with most fan engagement

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 – most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists:

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

Response of the Year – best fan remix, parody or response video:

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 – songs that generated the most fan videos:

Gangnam Style
Harlem Shake
I Knew You Were Trouble
Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough – artists with biggest growth in views and subscribers:

Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Naughty Boy

Innovation of the Year – creative video innovations with most views, likes, shares and comments:

Anamanguchi — Endless Fantasy
Atoms For Peace –­ Ingenue
Bat For Lashes ­– Lilies
DeStorm –­ See Me Standing
Toro Y Moi –”Say That”

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