Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have received nominations in six categories.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are leading the nominations for the first YouTube Music Awards.

The duo, whose track Same Love has gained worldwide recognition as an anthem for gay equality, are up for an impressive six gongs including Artist of the Year, YouTube Phenomenon as well as Breakthrough.

They are up against Justin Bieber's Beauty and a Beat for Youtube Phenomenon, Psy's Gentleman for the Video of the Year and Taylor Swift for Artist of the Year.

Same Love addresses Macklemore's personal feelings about the controversial issue of same-sex relationships.

The accompanying music video spans the lives of a gay couple, who go on to have a happy marriage. It has already racked up nearly 78 million views on Youtube.

"I wanted the art to reflect how personal the song was, and they are a big reason why I'm so passionate about the issue," Seattle-based Macklemore said.

One Direction, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Selena Gomez are also amongst the names getting recognition in various categories.

The nominees have been selected based on YouTube data collected between September 2012 and August 2013, taking into account shares, comments, subscriptions and likes.

The YouTube awards are scheduled to take place in New York City on 3 November. It will be co-hosted by Reggie Watts and Jason Schwartzman and feature live performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire, along with YouTube musical acts Lindsey Stirling and CDZA.

The full list of YouTube Award Nominations is as follows:

Video of the Year

Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney - Epic Rap Battles of History

Demi Lovato - Heart Attack

Girls' Generation - I Got a Boy

Justin Bieber (feat Nicki Minaj) - Beauty and a Beat

Lady Gaga - Applause

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat Mary Lambert) - Same Love

Miley Cyrus - We Can't Stop

One Direction - Best Song Ever

PSY - Gentleman

Selena Gomez - Come & Get It

Artist of the Year



Justin Bieber

Katy Perry

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Nicki Minaj

One Direction



Taylor Swift

Response of the Year

Boyce Avenue (feat Fifth Harmony) - Mirrors

Jayesslee - Gangnam Style

Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix - Radioactive

ThePianoGuys - Titanium / Pavane

Walk Off the Earth (feat KRNFX) - I Knew You Were Trouble

YouTube Phenomenon


Gangnam Style

Harlem Shake

I Knew You Were Trouble

Thrift Shop

YouTube Breakthrough

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Naughty Boy




Anamanaguchi - ENDLESS FANTASY

Atoms For Peace - Ingenue

Bat For Lashes - Lilies

DeStorm - See Me Standing

Toro Y Moi - Say That