Grab some popcorn (but don’t dare smear butter on that keyboard) and cozy up in front of your laptop screen because the inaugural YouTube Music Awards are going down this evening live from New York’s Pier 36. Reggie Watts and Jason Schwartzman will host (crossing my fingers for an original-lineup Phantom Planet reunion), and Spike Jonze is presiding as creative director for the broadcast, which will feature a series of live one-take music videos by performers including Arcade Fire (performing “Afterlife”), Earl Sweatshirt with Tyler, The Creator (performing “Sasquatch” in a hot pink room full of fans and friends), and M.I.A. (whose video will feature what Jonze calls “a psychedelic mirror box”). An Avicii song will be turned into a short film with a script by Lena Dunham. Eminem and Lady Gaga are in there too. Also, apparently dubstep violin pixie Lindsey Stirling will be pulling some Gravity shit involving a jetpack. Even though we were so disappointed with the nominees that we felt compelled to suggest an alternative approach, the broadcast itself is sounding pretty promising. A behind-the-scenes pre-show continues up until the show kicks off at 6 p.m., and voting continues here until the show starts. Tune in below.
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