The rap duo leads the field with 4 nods, including the YouTube Breakthrough and Phenomenon awards.
After leading the nominees at the recently concluded MTV Video Music Awards and duplicating the feat in the forthcoming MTV Europe Music Awards, the winning combination that is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is at it again, this time at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards set to unfold on November 3. The rap music duo tops all other acts by having the most number of nominations with four.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up against nine other popular names for the Artist of the Year awards, including South Korean YouTube sensation PSY. Likewise, their music video for "Same Love" will have to beat nine other contenders, like Miley Cyrus' twerk-filled "We Can't Stop" and Lady GaGa's latest hit "Applause", to win the Video of the Year honor.
Rounding up the four nods for the dynamic duo of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are the YouTube Breakthrough and Phenomenon awards, the latter being the category where their phenomenal hit "Thrift Shop" is pitted against such viral YouTube videos "Gangnam Style" and "Harlem Shake". With his third nomination under Video of the Year for "Gentleman", PSY ends up as runner-up in the leading nominees list.
There's no word if the top nominees will perform during the awards ceremony, but as for the rapping, it will be ably handled by Eminem, with Lady GaGa and Arcade Fire already confirmed in the line-up. Also performing are M.I.A., Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Avicii and Walk off the Earth.
The 1st YouTube Music Awards nominations:
Video of the 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"
- Epic Rap Battles
- Justin Bieber
- Katy Perry
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Nicki Minaj
- One Direction
- Taylor Swift
- Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) - "Mirrors"
- Jayesslee - "Gangnam Style"
- Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix - "Radioactive"
- The Piano Guys - "Titanium / Pavane"
- Walk Off the Earth (feat. KRNFX) - "I Knew You Were Trouble"
- "Gangnam Style"
- "Harlem Shake"
- "I Knew You Were Trouble"
- "Thrift Shop"
- Anamanaguchi - "Endless Fantasy"
- Atoms for Peace - "Ingenue"
- Bat for Lashes - "Lilies"
- DeStorm Power - "See Me Standing"
- Toro y Moi - "Say That"