Thursday, May 16, 2013

Frank Ocean, Beck top O Music Awards nominations

Korina Lopez/USA TODAY

Once upon a time, there were these things called "CDs." Music artists would put music on them; tell fans about them via posters, newspapers and late-night talk shows; and fans would buy them and store them in "CD racks."

As the compact disc starts heading the way of the cassette tape, music awards shows are adapting. MTV/VH1/CMT's O Music Awards honor 16 digital categories, including digital genius, best music app and Web-born artist. The 24-hour live-stream show airs June 19 at 7 p.m. ET/4 PT, featuring more than 50 bands over 24 hours. For music lovers with neither the patience nor the time to stay glued to the site for that long, clips of each performance will show up on the musicians' Artists.MTV/VH1/CMT page.

Keeping the beat, The Roots drummer ?uestlove will keep up the pace with a drum-a-thon, rolling for all 24 hours. No word yet on how bathroom breaks factor into that gig.

R&B breakout star Frank Ocean leads with two nominations (including must-follow artist on Twitter), along with Gen-X icon Beck (best interactive music video, with Chris Milk, and analog genius). Justin Bieber dukes it out with Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato, among others, for the "Fan Army FTW" award (that's "for the win" in Twitter-ese). Macklemore, Miranda Lambert, Psy, Tyler the Creator and David Bowie were also nominated in various categories.

As aspiring music stars flood the Internet, it makes sense that the OMAs play their part for the cause. This year introduces the "Make a Band Famous" award, given to the act that earns the biggest fan reaction and panel approval. On May 31, five bands that receive the most votes squeeze into the 50-odd band lineup. The most popular of those five will perform as part of MTV's Video Music Awards in August, as well as be highlighted as MTV's Artist to Watch, VH1's You Oughta Know or CMT's Listen Up pick.

Voting kicked off today at 7 a.m. ET.

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