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 with Katy...