The First Ever YouTube Music Awards

November 4, 2013

YouTube Music Awards

Award shows have taken an interesting turn as has started its very own “YouTube Music Awards”. This being said, these awards focus on the best of YouTube when it comes to music based on views and overall popularity.

YouTube is used daily to upload covers, preview new music videos and more. Everyday, people log on to YouTube to see what has gotten popular, video wise. This made certain phenomenon’s like the infamous “Gangnam Style” dance by the one and only Psy so popular. This video alone became so popular that it received over 1 billion views on YouTube.

The awards were given out November 3rd and sparked a ton attention. The awards included were: “Breakthrough of the Year”, “Response of the Year”, “Innovation of the Year”, “YouTube Phenomenon”, “Video of the Year”, “Artist of the Year”.

YouTube has worked it’s magic for years as stars are born one channel at a time each and every day. For instance, stars like Justin Bieber made it big because of YouTube and that infectious voice. Other stars that started on YouTube include Cody Simpson, Ryan Beatty, Megan and Liz, Tori Kelly and many more.

The site was created in 2005 by former PayPal employees and later owned completely by Google starting in 2006. To share videos, you have to create your own account and either use Adobe Flash Video or HTML5. YouTube has also partnered with Vevo, BBC, CBC and more to be able to post their material on YouTube for the world to see. When it comes to music, YouTube launched its very own music chart called “YouTube 100”. This displays the 100 most popular music videos on the site.

In 2013 Billboard charts allowed for YouTube to have say in the order of their top 100! This allowed for even more popularity because now YouTube had the power to influence positions of songs on the Billboard Top 100 charts. Now, YouTube has stepped it up and introduced a new award show that will most definitely continue to make its way to being bigger and bigger.

Check out the list of nominees and winners below:

Breakthrough of the Year
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kendrick Lamar
Naughty Boy

Response of the Year
WINNER: 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
WINNER: DeStorm, “See Me Standing”
Anamanaguchi, “Endless Fantasy”
Atoms For Peace, “Ingenue”
Bat For Lashes, “Lilies”
Toro Y Moi, “Say That”

YouTube Phenomenon
WINNER: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
“Gangnam Style”
“Harlem Shake”
“Thrift Shop”

Video of the Year
WINNER: Girls’ Generation “I Got A Boy”
Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”
Epic Rap Battles Of History, “Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney”
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
WINNER: Eminem
Epic Rap Battles Of History
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Nicki Minaj
One Direction
Taylor Swift

*Award list credit to

Be sure to tweet at @weknowthedj on twitter and let us know what other awards should be added next year! Maybe even make a YouTube channel while you’re at it, you never know what could happen 😉

-Alana K. (@alanakellyMD)

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