October 22, 2013


Justin Bieber, Psy Score YouTube Music Awards Nominations

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YouTube has announced the nominees for their first-ever YouTube Music Awards. Justin Bieber and Psy are both front runners, fitting choices considering they both got their start on the music video site.

Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat," Psy's "Gentlemen" and Lady Gaga's "Applause" all picked up nods for Video of the Year alongside the parody "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney" from Epic Rap Battles of History, which won a Gold certification from the RIAA. Artist of the Year features many of 2013's most successful artists—Katy Perry, Macklemore, One Direction, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Rihanna and more—while categories like Response of the Year (featuring fan responses and remixes) and Innovation of the Year (which award exceptionally creative music videos) feature lesser known acts.

The site also announced three more artists to the YouTube Music Awards performers roster: M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator will join previously announced performers Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire.

The YouTube Music Awards are directed by Spike Jonez and air live November 3 from New York City. Check out the full list of nominees.