YouTube will be streaming its inaugural YouTube Music Awards ceremony live at 6 p.m. EST, with performances from Eminem, Tyler, the Creator and more. Relevant rap game nominees include Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

The award show, which is being hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts, features Spike Jonze as its creative director, and countdowns are currently taking place in Seoul, Moscow, Rio and London.  

Peep the stream below, as well as a list of the nominees, which were selected using YouTube data from the last 12 months and votes on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. 

Video of the Year: Nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last 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: Focused on acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed ­to artists.


Epic Rap Battles

Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

One Direction



Taylor Swift

Response of the Year: Best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top “unofficial” fan videos on YouTube based on views, shares and other social activity.

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: Nominees are based on the phenomena that generated the most fan videos.


Gangnam Style

Harlem Shake

I Knew You Were Trouble

Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough: Focusing on breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers.

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Naughty Boy



Innovation of the Year: Most creative and innovative music videos on YouTube.

Anamanaguchi  "ENDLESS FANTASY"

Atoms For Peace  "Ingenue"

Bat For Lashes  "Lilies"

DeStorm­  "See Me Standing"

Toro Y Moi  "Say That"