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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Lead YouTube Music Awards Nominees

October 23, 2013 (4:11 am) GMT
The rap duo leads the field with 4 nods, including the YouTube Breakthrough and Phenomenon awards.
Ryan Lewis, Macklemore

After leading the nominees at the recently concluded MTV Video Music Awards and duplicating the feat in the forthcoming MTV Europe Music Awards, the winning combination that is and Ryan Lewis is at it again, this time at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards set to unfold on November 3. The rap music duo tops all other acts by having the most number of nominations with four.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are up against nine other popular names for the Artist of the Year awards, including South Korean YouTube sensation . Likewise, their music video for "Same Love" will have to beat nine other contenders, like ' twerk-filled "We Can't Stop" and 's latest hit "Applause", to win the Video of the Year honor.

Rounding up the four nods for the dynamic duo of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are the YouTube Breakthrough and Phenomenon awards, the latter being the category where their phenomenal hit "Thrift Shop" is pitted against such viral YouTube videos "Gangnam Style" and "Harlem Shake". With his third nomination under Video of the Year for "Gentleman", PSY ends up as runner-up in the leading nominees list.

There's no word if the top nominees will perform during the awards ceremony, but as for the rapping, it will be ably handled by , with and already confirmed in the line-up. Also performing are , , , and Walk off the Earth.

The 1st YouTube Music Awards nominations:
Video of the Year

Artist of the Year Response of the Year YouTube Phenomenon YouTube Breakthrough Innovation of the Year

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