YouTube Music Awards

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YouTube Music Awards
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Awarded forBest in music videos
Country United States
Presented by YouTube
First awardedNovember 3, 2013;6 years ago (2013-11-03)
WebsiteYouTube full-color icon (2017).svg / YouTube
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The YouTube Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as YTMA) is an awards show presented by YouTube to honor the best in the music video medium.



The 2013 edition of the YTMAs were held at Pier 36 in New York City and were broadcast live at The live award show was preceded by a series of events all-day in locations around the world; including Seoul, Moscow, Rio de Janeiro, and London, respectively. [1] Performers included Arcade Fire, Lindsey Stirling, Tyler, The Creator, M.I.A., Lady Gaga and Eminem, among others. The award show started at 6pm EST and was scheduled for 90 minutes. [2]

Fans voted in each category by sharing specific links from on either their Facebook, Google+ or Twitter accounts or by accruing video views for nominees. The video with the most views, shares, comments, and/or likes in each category was determined the winner. [3] Artist of the Year was won by Eminem and Video of the Year was won by Girls' Generation for their video "I Got a Boy".[ citation needed ]

The 2013 edition was directed by Spike Jonze. The show was mostly unscripted because Jonze wanted the show to "..feel like a YouTube video — the raw messiness of making stuff..." [4] [5] [6]

The winners of the 2015 edition of the award show were announced on March 2, 2015. Fifty winners were chosen based on the "growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months." [7]

List of ceremonies

YearDateVenueHost cityHostMain sponsor
2013 November 3Pier 36 New York City Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts Kia
2015 March 23Online Tyler Oakley


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