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Over 120 creators from around the world combined their creative forces to recreate the year’s most popular videos for the annual #YouTubeRewind. The 8-minute long clip does an excellent job of recapping anything that went viral in 2014.

If you troll the popular online destination, you’ll recognize the video sharing site’s most popular personalities including Bethany Mota, Jenna Marbles & Pentatonix to name a few. Even if you don’t frequent YouTube you’ve no doubt watched the ice bucket challenge, that giant spider prank, all those Frozen-inspired clips and that video featuring strangers kissing for the first time.

Check out the clip below which is set to another mashup masterpiece by DJ Earworm.

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Kinda of a random bunch, isn’t it? Especially KISS‘ inclusion. I never thought I’d see the day the legendary rock band would take part in the family-friendly affair, but that day is here.

Organizers have announced the full line-up taking part in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The magic Parade’s famed line-up this year features 16 giant character balloons; 33 novelty/ornament balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 27 floats; 1,300 cheerleaders and dancers; 1000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and a host of celebrity performers. Making their debuts as giant balloons are Paddington Bear, Pokémon’s Pikachu, Pillsbury Doughboy, the Red Power Ranger, Eruptor from Skylanders, and Thomas the Tank Engine. Check out the full list of performers below.

“This is a record breaking year for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as we debut the largest new cast of giant character balloons ever assembled, along with five amazing new floats. Tens of millions of spectators will be amazed by what we have in store,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “In addition to an incredible line up of celebrity performers, America’s best high school and college marching bands, hundreds of dancers, cheerleaders, clowns, and balloon handlers, we are adding some new layers of interactivity to the Parade for the first time this year. From live cameras on a float capturing special moments along the route to incredible 360-degree panoramic photos where fans can find themselves part the action, and finally, through our Confetti Carpet, the behind the scenes look at the starting line with our celebrity performers; we are bringing the Macy’s Parade closer to audiences in New York City and in homes across the country.”

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After a year off, The Sing-Off returns for a fourth season to NBC this Christmas. Season 3 winners Pentatonix have gradually become the singing competition’s Kelly Clarkson by being the most successful out of the bunch. Since winning two years ago, their debut EP debuted at No. 14 with a brand new one dropping this week. In addition, they’ve appeared in numerous YouTube videos which have gone viral.

One of their best is the epic “Evolution of Beyoncé” which chronicled the “Irreplaceable” singer’s discography all the way from her Destiny’s Child days to her “Grown Woman” era. Their a capella medley was genius. Apparently, Ellen Degeneres thought so too. She brought them on her show Monday to perform it for a live studio audience. Not surprisingly, it’s pitch perfect. Check it out below, along with the original and their interpretation of the evolution of music. That’s brilliant as well.

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YouTube held its first annual music awards on Sunday night. I didn’t watch the live streaming event, but by all accounts it was one hot mess… but in a good way. The irreverent event’s unscripted structure perfectly suited the video-sharing website. After all, if they want to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, they have to stay away from being safe and too polished.

One widely-cited complaint about the categories was there was too much focus on established artists and not enough on rising ones. Given their calculations determining the nominations, that was nearly impossible. They base it on data over the last 12 months. However, once the nominees were in place, the winners were determined by votes on social media.

Eminem and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis walked away with awards. The biggest upset to some occurred in the Video of the Year category. South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation beat out the likes of One Direction, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and many more. Check out all the winners below, along with highlights including performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem and more.

check out all the winners after the jump

Todrick Hall is back with another friggin’ masterpiece. Just when I thought he couldn’t top his hilariously fierce Mean Girls parody, the former American Idol hopeful does. For his latest, he teamed up with The Sing-Off Season 3 winners Pentatonix. They’ve previously worked together, but this time around they hit a home run with their Wizard of Oz parody.

Using a mashup of contemporary songs, they retell the story of Dorothy and her crew on their journey to the land of Oz. Some of the artists featured in the clip are Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Daughtry, Michael Buble, Motley Crue, Miley Cyrus, Danity Kane, Phillip Phillips and many more. Check out their genius collaboration below.

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