The first-ever YouTube Awards took place in New York on Sunday, filling our award season void in eccentric fashion. Featuring an eclectic roundup of today’s biggest performers with awards determined by their fans, the show paid tribute to the power of the internet in moments concocted solely for their viral potential. Prior to Lady Gaga’s performance, she walked the red carpet sans pants but with an interesting set of false teeth, suggesting she had had her fair share of Halloween candy and then some.
Once the show was underway, Gaga performed new song, “Dope,” reminding us that she’s just as capable of wowing us with her voice and a piano as she is showing up to major events wearing weird stuff.
With ARTPOP one week away, can Gaga bounce back and make us forget about Miley, Katy, and Drake completely?
In addition to Gaga, the night boasted a tasty sampling of new releases. Self-proclaimed Rap God Eminem gave audiences an early look at The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and celebrated his Artist of the Year win, while Arcade Fire shook off any hint of Sunday night blues with a live version of “Afterlife.” Starring It Girl Greta Gerwig and directed by Spike Jonze, the live video performance was a winning combination for anyone playing a game of Indie Bingo at home. Also, it rules.
In celebration of YouTube and viral pop culture goodness, there was even a slightly lame take on a once inescapable news story, as Arcade Fire’s Win Butler made a Taylor Swift–Kanye West “Imma let you finish” joke during the “Phenomenon of the Year” presentation. With no Courvoisier to be found, and a less compelling candidate (sorry, Win, but “Harlem Shake” is no Beyoncé) it couldn’t help but feel tired, or a quip you might hear your dad crack at an office holiday party. Also, hasn’t T. Swift been through enough parodies of that harrowing night to last a lifetime? There’s no denying that YouTube is a legitimate force in the entertainment industry (just ask Billboard!) but dedicating an entire night to the site remains questionable.
Have you been able to get Lady Gaga’s teeth out of your brain? Did Gaga, Em, or Greta G. steal the show? Check out a full list of winners, below.
Breakthrough of the Year
WINNER: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Response of the Year
WINNER: Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix, “Radioactive”
Boyce Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) “Mirrors”
Jayesslee, “Gangnam Style”
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”
WINNER: “I Knew You Were Trouble”
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”
Selena Gomez, “Come & Get It”
Artist of the Year
Epic Rap Battles Of History
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis