Stirling’s version of the Imagine Dragons song ‘Radioactive’ won the prize at the first ever YouTube Music Awards, decided by YouTube viewers. The prize went to the video which best remixed, covered or responded to an original song on YouTube.
Missing out in the same category were The Piano Guys, with their mashup of David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ and Gabriel Faure’s 'Pavane'.
Held in New York, the inaugural ceremony featured performances from YouTube sensations like violinist Stirling, 27, and Lady Gaga, with whom the violinist shares management. Artist of the year went to Eminem while duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took the YouTube breakthrough award.
South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation pipped Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber to win the video of the year prize. Other categories included YouTube phenomenon and innovation of the year.
The ceremony was reportedly very unpredictable from start to finish, with hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts given no prepared material to work with.