Video-sharing company YouTube awarded Artist of the Year to the rapper Eminem at the first ever YouTube Music Awards, which was held Sunday at Pier 36 in New York City.
Actor Jason Schwartzman who hosted the event said it felt more like a festival.
As the format of the event wasn’t strictly formal, the hosts of the event took the stage without a script. Among the awardees include DeStorm whose “See Me Standing” was picked as the innovation of the year.
Across the awards event’s six categories, there were 16 billion votes cast for the nominees. Nominees include One Direction, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna. Music group Arcade Fire started the show with a music video performance that features Greta Gerwig. Lady Gaga and Eminem also performed at the event.
The following went home triumphant: Girls Generation (Video of the Year for “I Got a Boy”), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Breakthrough Artist), Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix (Response for the Year), and Taylor Swift (YouTube Phenomenon for the song “I Knew You Were Trouble).