News: Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar & More Lead First-Ever YouTube Music Awards Nods

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 12:23PM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and a slew of other music stars are taking over the upcoming YouTube Music Awards witih handfuls of notable nominations.

The self-proclaimed "Rap God" Eminem will face-off against Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and more in categories like "Artist of the Year."

Video of the Year: Nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year. Epic Rap Battles Of History -- "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney" Demi Lovato -- "Heart Attack" Girls' Generation ­-- "I Got A Boy" Justin Bieber (feat. Nicki Minaj) -- "Beauty And A Beat" Lady Gaga ­-- "Applause" Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert) -- "Same Love" Miley Cyrus ­ -- "We Can't Stop" One Direction ­-- "Best Song Ever" PSY ­-- "Gentleman" Selena Gomez ­-- "Come & Get It" Artist of the Year: Focused on acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed ­to artists. Eminem Epic Rap Battles Justin Bieber Katy Perry Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Nicki Minaj One Direction PSY Rihanna Taylor Swift (Billboard)

Aftermath protégé Kendrick Lamar could go home with an award in the "YouTube Breakthrough" category.

YouTube Phenomenon: Nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos. Diamonds Gangnam Style Harlem Shake I Knew You Were Trouble Thrift Shop YouTube Breakthrough: Focusing on breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers. Kendrick Lamar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Naughty Boy Passenger Rudimental Innovation of the Year: Most creative and innovative music videos on YouTube. Anamanaguchi ­-- "ENDLESS FANTASY" Atoms For Peace ­-- "Ingenue" Bat For Lashes ­-- "Lilies" DeStorm ­-- "See Me Standing" Toro Y Moi -- "Say That" (Billboard)

According to reports, Slim Shady will grace a star-studded stage for the video-sharing site's ceremony next month.

The popular online video giant is launching its first YouTube Music Awards, an ambitious 90-minute effort that will take place live in New York City's Pier 36 on Nov. 3, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Filmmaker Spike Jonze, who has directed music videos for Beastie Boys and Weezer, has been tapped as creative director, while Jason Schwartzman will host the 90-minute event, presented in partnership with Kia and live-streamed across the world. Top-tier talent like Eminem, Lady Gaga and indie favorite Arcade Fire are on the bill as performers, along with YouTube breakouts Lindsey Stirling and CDZA. (The Hollywood Reporter)

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