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Kyle Anderson
October 21, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EDT

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.

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”

Artist of the Year


Epic Rap Battles of History

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

One Direction



Taylor Swift

Response of the Year

Boyce Avenue feat. Fifth Harmony, “Mirrors”

Jayesslee, “Gangnam Style”

Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, “Radioactive”

ThePianoGuys, “Titanium / Pavane”

Walk Off the Earth feat. KRNFX, “I Knew You Were Trouble”

YouTube Phenomenon


“Gangnam Style”

“Harlem Shake”

“I Knew You Were Trouble”

“Thrift Shop”

YouTube Breakthrough

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Naughty Boy



Innovation of the Year

Anamanaguchi, “Endless Fantasy”

Atoms for Peace, “Ingenue”

Bat For Lashes, “Lilies”

DeStorm, “See Me Standing”

Toro Y Moi, “Say That”

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