Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes Among 2015 YouTube Music Awards Winners
Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes are among the YouTube Music Awards' 2015 winners. The three country artists join an all-star list of singers who are being recognized for having the largest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months on the video platform.
Other artists being recognized include Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, Miley Cyrus, One Direction, OK Go, Rihanna, Charli XCX, Drake, Big Sean, Sia and Sam Smith. Rather than holding a traditional awards ceremony, nine of the 50 winning artists will premiere original music videos during an online event, set to take place on March 23.
Paisley's most recent music video, for "Perfect Storm," has garnered well over three million views. The clip features photos his fans submitted of themselves in varying styles of T-shirts, which Paisley requested specifically for the video.
“I stood in the pouring rain and sang this song over and over in slow motion for you," he joked in a tweet when the clip first debuted. "I hope you love it. I’m really happy with it. I love the video.”
Florida Georgia Line's hysterical "Sun Daze" video has already earned almost seven million views since it was released in November. The clip includes summer fun, a pool, a wet slide, plenty of drinks and animal heads.
“We’ve always kind of stuck to the motto of ‘Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just have fun,’” Tyler Hubbard says. “We don’t try to overthink it or stress too much about it. We think this second album’s kind of a continuation of [the last one]. We’ve all stepped up our game on this one.”
Hayes has more than 150 million views on his YouTube channel, which features not only his music videos but also his weekly #ForTheLoveOfMusic series.
“I always think of music as more of a dialogue, you know. It’s not just about me sharing my stories with other people, but about listening to theirs as well," Hayes explains. "It’s this beautiful experience we share together, and technology gives us a way to continue that conversation. It’s awesome that so many fans tune in every week to see what we’re up to. I love having that connection with them."
No word yet on if Paisley, FGL or Hayes will be among the artists to debut new videos the night of the YouTube Music Awards ceremony.
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