Eminem's new album isn't even out yet, but the rapper already won Artist of the Year at the first-ever YouTube Music Awards in New York on Sunday night. Eminem also gave a live demonstration of his rapid-fire rhymes on the song "Rap God" from his forthcoming effort, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Only five other trophies were handed out at the inaugural awards show, including Breakthrough of the Year for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; Video of the Year for Korean act Girls' Generation and their song "I Got A Boy;" and the YouTube Phenomenon award for Walk off the Earth and KRNFX for their version of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble." The Innovation Prize went to DeStorm, who won for "See Me Standing."
The live-streamed show was more about the zany, unscripted antics and live performances than the actual awards. As the live acts played, a number of directors, including Spike Jonze and Chris Milk, created music videos to go with their performances. Arcade Fire kicked off the show with a rendition of "Afterlife," and their video featured actress GretaGerwig and a group of young girls dancing around spastically before the band was seen onstage performing behind them. Lady Gaga played her new ballad "Dope" live for the first time, and the video offered a stripped-down, intimate tone as Gaga simply played piano and sang while wearing a buttoned-up plaid shift and a baseball cap.
Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt teamed up to perform the song "Sasquatch," and their video saw the two rappers, the rest of Odd Future, and a bunch of fans mosh around in a tiny pink cube. M.I.A. also lit up the night by singing "Come Walk With Me" from her forthcoming album, Matangi, and her clip included dancers, glowing hula hoops, and other psychedelic lighting.