YouTube has announced nominations for its first Music Awards. 

The YouTube Music Awards are set to be directed by Spike Jonez. The event is slated to air live on the web November 3 from New York City, New York’s Pier 36. 

YouTube viewers can vote on the nominations. Categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year, YouTube Phenomenon, YouTube Breakthrough and Innovation of the Year, according to

Nominees for Video of the Year include Epic Rap Battles of History’s “Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love.” Both videos can be viewed below.

Eminem, Lady Gaga and M.I.A. are among the performers slated to hit the stage at the event

YouTube Music Awards nominations can be found below, as per

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.


Epic Rap Battles

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

One Direction



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.


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



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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