When the inaugural YouTube Music Awards went live across millions of screens in 2013, the production was a splendid mess.
Between a weeping Gaga, crying babies and burying one winner’s envelope in a cake, the ceremony was either a left field sendup of the traditional award show or a train wreck, depending on whom you asked. The show did, however, prove YouTube’s ambitions -- and earned a staggering 54 million views.
For the show's return on Monday, YouTube went back to the drawing board.
Big-name acts still led the field of winners, each of whom was selected by number of views. Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Drake and Kendrick Lamar all won awards, along...