NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Michael Shannon (L) and Vanessa Hudgens perform onstage at the YouTube Music Awards 2013 on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for YouTube)

YouTube Music Awards deliver on music and laughs

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Michael Shannon (L) and Vanessa Hudgens perform onstage at the YouTube Music Awards 2013 on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for YouTube)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Michael Shannon (L) and Vanessa Hudgens perform onstage at the YouTube Music Awards 2013 on November 3, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for YouTube)

On Nov. 3, YouTube hosted their first-ever YouTube Music Awards, which helped honor the very essence of the site. They recognized that YouTube is more than just a place to see music videos and sneezing pandas, but also where the every day person becomes a star, and where people flailing their arms and pelvic thrusting in ridiculous costumes becomes a worldwide sensation.

As Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts ushered in a new era of award show, the live stream began with what they called a live music video of Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife.” Basically, the performance was like watching a music video live instead of behind a computer screen. There were also live music video performances from Lady Gaga, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler the Creator, Eminem and M.I.A.

YouTube also honored all the amazing stars that were born on YouTube by asking CDZA to give an Abridged History of YouTube Music. This performance started off with YouTube icon Tay Zonday reliving “Chocolate Rain” and finished with a rendition of the most recent YouTube sensation, “The Fox” by Ylvis.

In probably the best sketch of the night, the girls accepting on behalf of Taylor Swift were interrupted by a very familiar speech: “Yo, NOT Taylor Swift. Imma let you finish but…Harlem Shake was definitely the best YouTube phenom of all time.” Sure, it’s been done plenty of times, but not like this; never on Not Taylor Swift.

There was also a guest appearance by Michael Cera (Juno, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and a “Choose Your Adventure “style live music video produced by Avicii. Those in the audience were able to help finish the “video” and jam out to Avicii’s hit “Wake Me Up.”

After an amazing performance by Eminem, Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts concluded the YTMA’s the only way an award show should end: “I think we’re done.” And so concluded the first-ever YTMA, live from Pier 36 in New York City. With it over, it begs the question of whether or not there will be a second YTMA? I’m not sure of that answer, but there definitely should be.

The YouTube Music Award Winners:

YouTube Breakthrough Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Response of the Year: Radioactive by Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix

Innovation of the Year: See Me Standing by Destorm

YouTube Phenomenon: I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

Video of the Year: I Got A Boy by Girls’ Generation

Artist of the Year: Eminem


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