Thursday, October 24, 2013

Girls’ Generation, Psy nominated in first YouTube Music Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop acts Girls’ Generation and Psy bagged nominations in the first-ever YouTube Music Awards.
“These video and artist nominations are based on YOUR views, likes, comments and subscriptions over the last 12 months from September 2012,” according to YouTube’s official blog.

Girls’ Generation and Psy (Photos courtesy of SMTOWN Facebook page and YG Entertainment)

There are six categories in the awards: Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year, YouTube Phenomenon, YouTube Breakthrough and Innovation of the Year.
Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy” and Psy’s “Gentleman” are both competing for the Video of the Year award, along with Demi Lovato’s “Heart Attack,” Epic Rap Battles of History’s “Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney,” Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj’s “Beauty and a Beat,” Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” One Direction’ “Best Song Ever,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert’s “Same Love,” and Selena Gomez’ “Come & Get It.”
“I Got A Boy” has amassed more than 72 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube last Dec. 31, 2012.
Psy’s “Gentleman” has accumulated 568 million views since April 13 this year.
Nominees in the Artist of the Year “represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed-to artists on YouTube.”
They are Psy, Eminem, Epic Rap Battles of History, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
The Response of the Year nominees are “the top ‘unofficial’ fan videos on YouTube based on your views, shares and other activity.”
They are Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) – “Mirrors,” Jayesslee’s “Gangnam Style,” Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix’s “Radioactive,” ThePianoGuys’ “Titanium / Pavane and Walk Off the Earth feat. KRNFX’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.”
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is nominated in the YouTube Phenomenon category along with “Diamonds,” “Harlem Shake,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Thrift Shop.”
Nominees in the YouTube Breakthrough category, “for artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers,” are Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Naughty Boy, Passenger and Rudimental.
The Innovation of the Year nominees are Anamanaguchi’s “ENDLESS FANTASY,” Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue,” Bat For Lashes’ “Lilies,” DeStorm’s “See Me Standing” and Toro Y Moi’s “Say That.”
Fans can vote for their favorite nominees by sharing the official YouTube Music Awards nomination videos on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
The awarding ceremony will be held on Nov. 3 at Pier 36 in New York City. Performers are Avicii, M.I.A., Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, and Walk Off the Earth and the hosts are Jason Schwartzman and Regie Watts.
Music events will be held in Seoul, Tokyo, London, Moscow and Rio and will be streamed on YouTube.

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