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November 7, 2013


And the YouTube Award goes to … Yes, YouTube has launched its own awards ceremony. Pentatonix, the a capella group with Arlington ties, won the Response of the Year category. The award is for the group’s remix of “Radioactive” with Lindsey Stirling. YouTube describes the category this way: “Based on what you watched, shared and loved over the last 12 months, these nominees are the five best videos that remixed, covered, parodied or responded to an original song on YouTube.” Pentatonix has been getting lots of media love lately. NPR’s Morning Edition explored the group on this morning’s program. “Pentatonix is a five-person singing group that formed to compete in the NBC a cappella competition show “The Sing-Off.” Three of its members were friends from high school, but the full group met for the first time just hours before the show to rehearse. Pentatonix ended up winning the competition.” Bass vocalist Avi Kaplan told NPR: "We try to do it in a way where you don't think of it as vocal music; you just think of it as music — as just a song that you're listening to and you don't miss anything. We're just a band, and we just happen to use our voices."

Here’s the “Radioactive” remix that won Response of the Year:


And here’s Pentatonix’s remix of Daft Punk songs. It’s been viewed more than 4 million times (on YouTube, of course) since it was released on Monday.