YouTube has announced the shortlisted artists and videos for its first annual Music Awards, with the voting process starting today. Based on views and 'fan engagement', the usual internet suspects are all here, including Miley, Lady Gaga, Girls Generation and PSY (still). At the same time, the users and less mainstream artists that make YouTube what it is are also represented in categories like "Response of the Year" and "Innovation of the Year." Scrutinize the full list of nominees after the break, place your vote at the source link and expect to hear who the winners are at YouTube's live event in New York on November 3rd.
Video of the Year: Honoring the world's most loved music videos, these nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.
Demi Lovato - Heart Attack
Epic Rap Battles of History - Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney
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 the acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists on YouTube.
Epic Rap Battles of History
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
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 your views, shares and other 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: Recognizing the YouTube trends the world could not escape from, nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos.
I Knew You Were Trouble
YouTube Breakthrough: Honoring the music world's breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Innovation of the Year: Starting with videos selected by an international panel of musicians, YouTubers and creative luminaries, we then selected the creative video innovations that resonated most with fans on YouTube, based on views, likes, shares and comments.
Anamanaguchi - ENDLESS FANTASY
Atoms For Peace - Ingenue
Bat For Lashes - Lilies
DeStorm - See Me Standing
Toro Y Moi "Say That"