Eminem took home the title of Artist of the Year at the first ever YouTube Awards.

The 41-year-old rapper walked away with the gong at the ceremony held in New York City on Sunday, while Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' won the award for YouTube Phenomenon.

The Video of the Year award went to the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation for their song, 'I Got A Boy', while DeStorm Power received the Innovation of the Year prize.

Macklemore and Rylan Lewis received the Breakthrough of the Year gong for their new anthem 'Same Love'.

Jason Schwartzman and musician Reggie Watts were presiding the first ever YouTube ceremony, which featured artists such as Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards' creator Spike Jonze.

The event, which was streamed live on the video sharing website, saw Lady Gaga perform her new single 'Dope' for the first time.

Nominees were selected by the amount of YouTube views, likes, comments and subscription figures for different artists.

The YouTube music awards 2013 winners are as follows:

Video of the Year - Girls' Generation ('I Got A Boy')

Artist of the Year - Eminem

Response of the Year - Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix ('Radioactive')

YouTube Phenomenon - 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

YouTube Breakthrough - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Innovation of the Year - DeStorm ('See Me Standing')

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