Eminem, Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and DeStorm were big winners Sunday night at the first YouTube Music Awards, live-streamed from Pier 36 in New York City.

The program, hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian/musician Reggie Watts, handed out six prizes and showcased performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem, Arcade Fire, M.I.A. and Avicii, according to the New York Daily News.

Girl Generation's "I Got a Boy," won video of the year, while Eminem scored artist of the year. Response of the year (an award that covers remixes, covers and parodies) went to Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix for "Radioactive." Taylor Swift won the YouTube Phenomenon award, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home the breakthrough award, and the award for innovation went to comedian and musician DeStorm for "See Me Standing."

The show immediately distinguished itself from every other award show in the history of the universe by having performers create live music clips, some directed by the show's creative overseer, Spike Jonze. Each performed on a dramatic set and used elaborate back projections and costumed actors, according to the Daily News.

Arcade Fire staged a fantasy for "Afterlife" featuring a depressed housewife breaking free of her kitchen and roaming through a wild forest before joining the band in a joyous dance.

Sans makeup, Lady Gaga wore a flannel shirt and a trucker's hat while performing her new ballad "Dope" on piano.

Electronic music artist Avicii created a full scenario starring by "Girls" creator and star Lena Dunham. As the story progressed, the live audience got to decide on whether the story should have a sweet or violent ending. Of course, viewers opted for gore.

Schwartzman and Watts largely improvised their banter.

Winners of Sunday's prizes were decided by YouTube viewers. Schwartzman said 16 million fans voted.

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