And The O Music Awards Nominees Are…

Posted May 23

Super fans, get ready to start clicking! The third O Music Awards is flickering on the horizon like a mirage (that’s actually real), and we’re primed to announce our full list of categories and nominees RIGHT NOW.

This summer we’ll be taking off across the country in a fully tricked-out bus for a 24-hour livestreamed adventure through the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll — this will be the world’s first 24-hour livestreamed awards show. We’ve enlisted the aid of The Flaming Lips to complete this endeavor. The band will be overseeing the festivities, as well as breaking a world record currently held by Jay-Z. Watch it all from any screen, from the comfort of your own cave.

The action kicks off in Memphis, Tennessee, and doesn’t stop until we reach New Orleans, Louisiana, 24 hours later. We’ll be stopping in eight cities total, where our band will play for fans and locals alike, as well as collaborate with myriad acts.

“This is all very thrilling,” you may be saying as you wring your wretched hands, “But what about the nominees!? Did my favorite make the cut?” Well, relent with the wringing, folks, because they’re listed below (and detailed on our handy voting site). And before you move from hand wringing to teeth gnashing because you don’t see your favorite listed below, take heart! We’re accepting write-in nominations on category pages until May 29th at midnight. If we like what we see, we’ll announce additional nominees on May 31st.

Now, without further idle chatter — the nominees!

1. Fan Army FTW

Tokio Hotel “Aliens”
Adam Lambert “Glamberts”
One Direction “The Directioners”
Thirty Seconds to Mars “Echelon”
Mindless Behavior “Team Mindless”
The Wanted “TWFanmily”
2NE1 “Blackjacks”
Girls Generation (SNSD) “Sones”
Taylor Swift “Taylor Nation”
Mumford & Sons “Team Mumford and Sons”

2. Must Follow Artist on Twitter

Adam Lambert
Titus Andronicus
Yoko Ono
Lil B
St. Vincent
The Antlers
Childish Gambino
Blake Shelton

3. Most Adorable Viral Star

William Stokkebroe Dances to Elvis
“My First Hardcore Song” by Juliet
Howard Wong Rocks the Drums
Sophia Grace Brownlee covers “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
Makena covers “Someone Like You” by Adele
“Bone Pugz” by Abby Koocher
Rose covers “The Elements Song” by Tom Lehrer
Children Medieval Band covers Rammstein’s “Sonne”
“I’m Elmo and I Know It” by Elmo
Ethan Walmark covers “Piano Man” by Billy Joel

4. Digital Genius Award

The Flaming Lips
Amanda Palmer

5. Most Innovative Music Video

Tanlines, “Brothers”
Chairlift, “Have We Met Before”
Chris Bathgate, “Big Ghost”
We The Kings, “Say You Like Me”
Ellie Goulding, “Lights”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Look Around”
Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II”
Craig Wedren, “Crush You”
Jacob Krupnick, “Girl Walk”
Javelin, “Canyon Candy”

6. Best Web-Born Artist

Julia Nunes
Walk Off The Earth
Youth Lagoon
Miracles of Modern Science
Azealia Banks
Iggy Azalea
Frank Ocean

7. Hottest Music NILF

Michael Schneider, CEO of Mobile Roadie
Matthew Rosenberg, Co-founder of Fast Society
Jenna Wortham, Tech Reporter at New York Times
Peggy Wang, Writer at Buzzfeed, Member of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Eliot Van Buskirk, Editor of
Ashley Simon, Media Partnerships at Foursquare
Sean Parker, Co-founder of Napster and other ventures
Maggie Vail, Co-founder of CASH Music
Contessa Gayles, Associate Editor of AOL Music
Tatiana Simonian, Head of Music at Twitter

8. Too Much Ass for TV

“Nancy From Now On” by Father John Misty
“Big Bad Wolf” by Duck Sauce
“Andrew In Drag” by Magnetic Fields
“Wassap” by A$AP Rocky
“On‘n’On” by Justice
“Hey Jane” by Spiritualized
“Crazy Clown Time” by David Lynch
“Booty Battle” video game by Big Freedia
“Sex on the Regular” by Miniature Tigers
“Starship” by Nicki Minaj

9. WTF I Love This Award

Ketchupbot + 20th Century Fox Theme on a Flute
Beyonce Fan Sings “Halo”
Bear In Heaven’s I Love You It’s Cool Album Stream

10. Best Artist/ Digital Entrepreneur

Katy Goodman for her “choose your own adventure” Games
Wavves for Weed Demon
M.C. Hammer for Wiredoo
Nicolas Jaar for Clown & Sunset Aesthetics
Kanye West for DONDA

11. Best Vintage Revival

Flexi discs
Animated GIFS

12. Beyond the Blog Award

NPR for iPad App
La Blogotheque’s “The Switch”
Metal Injection
Minor Thread

13. Best Online Concert Experience

Jay-Z at SXSW
Ryan Montbleau’s Live Audio Streams
Denison Witmer on Skype
Tupac at Coachella
Coachella on YouTube

14. Best Music App

Spotify iPad App
Artist Growth
Live Nation Facebook App

15. Best Music Hack
Song Roulette
Bohemian Rhapsichord
Mixtape Alpha

16. Best Artist with a Cameraphone

Ed Droste
Soulja Boy
MC Hammer
Blood Orange
Justin Bieber
Greg Puciato
Theophilus London
Selena Gomez

17. Most Addictive Social Music Service

Myxer Social Radio
Soundrop For Spotify
This Is My Jam

18. Best Protest Song

Robert Wilkinson sings “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
Dan Bull, “SOPA Cabana”
Atari Teenage Riot, “Black Flags”
Forest Gibson, “The Day The LOLCATS Died”
Plies, “We Are Trayvon”

19. Beyond The DJ: Most Innovative Solo Performer

Dan Deacon
Reggie Watts
Girl Talk

20. Most Extreme Fan Outreach

Bon Jovi
Dustin Wong
Manchester Orchestra
Portugal. The Man
Snoop Dogg
Taylor Swift
Wayne Coyne
Riot In Paris
DJ Shadow

21. Most F*cked-up Live Performance Gone Viral

The Fray
Kelvin Cheung
Lana Del Rey
Winters Mistress

22. Most Intense Social Spat

F*cked Up vs. Katy Perry
Patrick Carney vs. Everyone
David Furnish vs. Madonna
Frances Cobain vs. Courtney Love
Nicki Minaj vs. Her Twitter Followers

23. Best Music Teacher Replacement

Tabber Guitar
James Taylor
Guitar TV
Pandora Inside The Music

24. O Music Awards Super Fan Award

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