Pussy Riot, Macklemore, Miranda Lambert and CrowdSYNC Vie For Honors in 17 New and Returning Categories Celebrating The Convergence of Music, Technology & Fans

Voting Begins Today on

24-Hour Award Show Will Livestream on June 19th at 7pm ET/4pm PT

New York, May 16, 2013 – MTV, VH1 and CMT today announced the categories and nominees for the fourth cycle of its groundbreaking O Music Awards, which returns on June 19th at 7pm ET/4pm PT for a 24-hour livestreamed party to celebrate and honor the artists, innovators and fans that are impacting music, technology and counter culture. Voting began today at 7am ET on

O Music Award categories epitomize the current state of music, culture and technology. Returning categories include “Digital Genius Award,” “Fan Army FTW,” “Best Web-Born Artist,” “Must Follow Artist on Twitter,” “Best Music App,” “Too Much Ass For TV” and “Best Artist Instagram.” Inaugural categories include “Next Big Scene,” which recognizes emerging genres and music trends; “Most Inspiring Fan Outreach,” honoring musicians who are leveraging digital platforms in innovative ways to reach their fans; “Analog Genius,” honoring artists who are using old technology in groundbreaking ways; and the “Friday, Friday Award,” a salute to viral trends that we wish would go away.

Leading the pack with two nominations each are Frank Ocean (Must Follow Artist on Twitter and Too Much Ass for TV) and Beck (Best Interactive Music Video and Analog Genius). Additional artist nominees include Justin Bieber (Fan Army FTW), Pussy Riot (Digital Genius), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis(Best Web-Born Artist), Miranda Lambert (Best Interactive Music Video), Ed Sheeran (Fan Army FTW), ?uestlove (Must Follow Artist on Twitter), Tyler the Creator (Best Artist Instagram), Demi Lovato (Fan Army FTW) and David Bowie (Too Much Ass for TV).

Fans can log-in to via their Facebook or Twitter account and start voting for their favorite nominees. A Super Fan profile page and unique link will be auto-generated when fans cast their first vote. Fans are limited to 50 votes a day across all categories, but can increase this up to 1,000 votes per day by sharing their Super Fan Page link with friends and having them vote through their profile page on one of their top picks. Each of these votes count towards the nominee pick as a double vote and gets the Super Fan page used double points towards increasing the Super Fan's voting allotment.

Open nominations also kicked off today at 7am ET and will go through Tuesday, May 21st. Users can suggest nominees they would like considered for addition using category hashtags via Twitter and Facebook.

Additionally, for the first time, O Music Awards will feature a “Make a Band Famous” award and opportunity, nominees for which are chosen via the Artist Platform and committee. Since May 1st, artists have been able to opt in via Viacom Music Group’s artist platform (Artists.MTV, Artists.VH1, Artists.CMT). Based on fan reaction and committee, 10 bands have been selected to advance to the semi-finals. Beginning today, fans can check out and vote for their favorite. On Friday, May 31st, the five bands that receive the most votes will be announced, and will move on and play O Music Awards. During the live show, the band who scores the most votes will get a once-in-a-lifetime shot to play VMA weekend in August, as well as the distinction of becoming MTV’s Artist to Watch, VH1’s You Oughta Know, or CMT’s Listen Up highlighted band.

The awards will play out during the course of a 24-hour “Live Music Day,” which will feature live performances from around the country. More than 50 bands will be showcased during the 24-hour period. Following the live performances, select clips will be available to view via each performer’s Artists.MTV/VH1/CMT page.

O Music Awards will also feature The Roots band leader and drummer ?uestlovekicking off a 24-hour-drum-a-thon that will serve as the heartbeat for “Live Music Day.” In the coming weeks, performing artists and venues, along with drummers will be announced.

Previous O Music Awards have included Chiddy of Chiddy Bang setting the record for the longest ever freestyle and Wayne Coyne and Flaming Lips setting the world record for most shows played in a 24-hour period (multi-city).

Past O Music Award winners have included Bjork (Digital Genius Award), Kanye West (Best Tweet),Tokio Hotel (Fan Army FTW), Nirvana (Best Vintage Viral Video), Spotify (Most Addictive Social Music Service), Aquarium Drunkard (Best Independent Music Blog), Way Out West (Most Innovative Festival) and CrowdJuke (Best Music Hack).

The previous award shows have featured a myriad of performers that span multiple genres, including Mumford & Sons, The Flaming Lips and Robyn, and have been springboards to launch artists including Hunter Hayes, Foster the People, Mac Miller and Alabama Shakes.

Executive Produced by Lee Rolontz, Dermot McCormack and Rick Krim for Viacom. Produced by Paul Flattery. Directed by Ivan Dudynsky


More info on Award Nominees, Super Fan and Open Nominations:

Digital Genius Award (Winner: Artist)

Yoko Ono
Trent Reznor
Pussy Riot

Best Web-Born Artist (Winner: Artist)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Angel Haze

Best Music App (Winner: Developer)

Best Interactive Music Video (Winner: Artist)

Linkin Park, “Lost in the Echo”
Beck & Chris Milk, “Sound and Vision”
Tanlines, “Not The Same”
Miranda Lambert, “Fastest Girl in Town”
Yung Jake, “”

Fan Army FTW (Winner: Artist)

Tokio Hotel’s “Aliens”
Adam Lambert’s “Glamberts”
Ed Sheeran’s “Sheerios”
Justin Bieber’s “Beliebers”
Beyonce’s “Beyhive”
Demi Lovato’s “Lovatics”
Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “Echelon”
Selena Gomez’s “Selenators”
All Time Low’s “Hustlers”
Lil B’s “Task Force”

Best Music Hack (Winner: Developer)

Leap Orchestra
Tweet Concrete
Boil the Frog

Must Follow Artist on Twitter (Winner: Artist)

Bruno Mars
Frank Ocean
Andrew W.K.
Erykah Badu
Carrie Brownstein
Ryan Adams
Richard Marx

Best Artist Instagram (Winner: Artist)

Tyler the Creator
Bon Iver
Mariah Carey
Riff Raff

Our Favorite Musical Cat (Winner: Cat)

Lil Bub
Keyboard Cat
Skifcha The Hipster Dubstep Cat
Collective Soul Cat

Too Much Ass for TV (NSFW Music Videos) (Winner: Artist)

David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Sigur Ros, “Valtari”
DIIV, “Wait”
Frank Ocean, “Pyramids”
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”

Make a Band Famous

The So So Glos
Chill Moody
Syd Arthur
Striking Matches
Tatiana Owens
John & Jacob
Shy Glizzy
The Future
Darling Parade

Next Big Scene


Analog Genius Award (Winner: Artist)

Jack White
Neil Young

Most Inspiring Fan Outreach (Winner: Artist)

Dan Deacon
Avicii x You
Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir
Alicia Keys

The “Friday, Friday” Vanguard Award (Winner: Artist/Originator)

Harlem Shake (the faux dance)
Flash Mobs
Goats yelling like humans in music videos
Lip Dubs

O Music Awards Super Fan

The O Music Awards Super Fan Award will be the user that drives the most votes during the voting period. Votes either come from the fan’s own activity, or activity that he/she drives via his/her voting page. This fan will be announced during the show, spotlighted on the O Music Awards blog and will receive a personalized cube award.

For the O Music Awards Open Nominations, users will be asked to "write in" their nominee and the specific category hashtag:



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