Eminem wins artist of the year at first-ever YouTube music awards

Detroit rapper comes out on top for number of views, likes on YouTube

DETROIT - Eminem won the artist of the year award Sunday at YouTube's first-ever music awards.

The inaugural event was streamed live online and hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and musician Reggie Watts.

Live performances included Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga.

The award nominees were based on views, likes and comments and subscriptions over the last 12 months and fans voted for the winners.

The awards reflect the growing tendency for people to turn to the internet, rather than television or radio, for music and video.

Eminem's win comes one day after he was musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."

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YouTube music award winners list:

Video of the Year: Girls' Generation - I Got A Boy
Recognizes this year's biggest videos, based on what you watched, shared, liked and commented on.

Artist of the Year: Eminem
Honors the biggest acts of the last year on YouTube, based on total number of views, likes, shares, comments and subscribers.

Response of the Year: Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix - Radioactive
Recognizes the best fan remixes, covers or parodies, based on your views, likes, shares and comments.

YouTube Phenomenon: Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
Recognizes the YouTube videos that inspired the biggest number of fan responses.

YouTube Breakthrough: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Recognizes the biggest breakout acts on YouTube, based on artists with the highest growth in views and subscribers over the past year.

Innovation of the Year: DeStorm - See Me Standing
Recognizes some of the most unique concepts and creators in music videos on YouTube this year.

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