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The YouTube Music Awards Were the Anti-Awards Show

Last night was the debut of the first ever YouTube Music Awards—a decidedly unpolished take on the award show genre. The evening’s unscripted format was “hosted” by actor Jason Schwartzman and comedian Reggie Watts, who pretty much just roamed the stage with note cards throughout the evening. Even though the Spike Jonze-directed show itself kind of came off as one big disorganized party, the evening’s “live music videos” made for some memorable performances. You can check out the video for Arcade Fire’s “Afterlife” below (one of the night’s highlights), with a special appearance by indie actress Greta Gerwig …

Update: YouTube has taken the video from Vimeo we initially posted and disabled embedding functionality on the clip on their site. You now have to go here to watch it on YouTube.

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