"Rap God" Eminem took the award for "Artist of the Year" at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards 2013 which were telecasted live via a webcast on Sunday night from New York. The decision was based on the number of views each artist gets along with 60 million YouTube viewers casting their votes to decide the winners.
People arrive for the YouTube Music Awards in New York November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Eminem performed a live version of his new fastest track ever "Rap God," which was filmed in black and white. The singer garnered praises from his fans on YouTube who were amazed to see him perform the fastest track live, thus dispelling rumours that he has lip-synched on Saturday Night Live, a days before.
"Eminem is the onlyperson who sounds perfect when he sings live," writes Kat Carlile on the YouTube link of his live performance.
"I'M CRYING OH MY GOD HE'S SO PERFECT HE'S TRULY A RAP GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD," wrote another Eminem fan Minkyoung Seong on YouTube.
Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" won YouTube phenomenon and Macklemore and Lewis won YouTube breakthrough. The first ever YouTube music awards were kicked off by the rocking performance of Arcade Fire who unravelled their new song "Afterlife."
Lady Gaga was the next performer who enthralled the audience with her new song "Dope" from "ARTPOP" album. Gaga was dressed in a black leather shirt, a wide black hat, dark-black sunglasses, artificial teeth grills and no pants. The shockingly-good Gaga however gave an emotionally-wrecking performance and even cried during the melancholic song as she played her piano.
The award show was hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and musician-comedian Reggie Watts. Unlike other music awards like the Grammy's, YouTube's awards were different and the winners were chosen on the basis of "viewership, subscriber, and/or engagement metrics." Check out the nominees and the Winners below:
YouTube Music Awards 2013: WINNERS LIST
Breakthrough of the Year
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis WINNER
Response of the Year
Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix - Radioactive WINNER
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
DeStorm - See Me Standing WINNER
Anamanaguchi - Endless Fantasy
Atoms For Peace - Ingenue
Bat For Lashes - Lilies
Toro Y Moi - Say That
I Knew You Were Trouble WINNER
Video of the Year
Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy WINNER
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
Epic Rap Battles Of History
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
EMINEM performs "RAP GOD" Live @ YouTube Music Awards 2013 in New York
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