The YouTube Music Awards full winners list - Eminem, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis triumph, One Direction & Justin Bieber miss out

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Saturday saw the first ever YouTube Music Awards take place and it was a ceremony like no other. Streamed live on YouTube, with performances from various cities around the globe, there was no actual plan or script for the event. Gulp.

Co-hosts actor Jason Schwartzman and performance artist Reggie Watts were only given a list of bullet points about the awards by creative director Spike Jonze, with the aim apparently being to create a spontaneous event unlike anything before.

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"There were no lines and nothing scripted and we had no idea what was going to happen next," Schwartzman said afterwards. Which sounds sort of exciting but also a bit scary.

Winners included Eninem, who fended off tough competition in the Artist of the Year category, beating One Direction, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry to pick up the gong.

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One Direction also missed out on the Video of the Year award for 'Best Song Ever', as did Demi Lovato's 'Heart Attack' and Miley Cyrus for 'We Can't Stop'. Instead, Girls' Generation emerged victorious, for their 'I Got A Boy' vid. Wowzah.

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Check out the full list of winners below and tell us what you think - did the right people win?

Breakthrough of the Year

WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kendrick Lamar

Naughty Boy



Response of the Year

WINNER: Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, "Radioactive"

Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) "Mirrors"

Jayesslee, "Gangnam Style"

ThePianoGuys, "Titanium/Pavane"

Walk Off the Earth (feat. KRNFX), "I Knew You Were Trouble"

Innovation of the Year

WINNER: DeStorm, "See Me Standing"

Anamanaguchi, "Endless Fantasy"

Atoms For Peace, "Ingenue"

Bat For Lashes, "Lilies"

Toro Y Moi, "Say That"

YouTube Phenomenon

WINNER: "I Knew You Were Trouble"


"Gangnam Style"

"Harlem Shake"

"Thrift Shop"

Video of the Year

WINNER: Girls' Generation "I Got A Boy"

Demi Lovato, "Heart Attack"

Epic Rap Battles Of History, "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney"

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

WINNER: Eminem

Epic Rap Battles Of History

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

One Direction



Taylor Swift

For highlights from the YouTube Music Awards, go right ahead and click here.

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