Pentatonix wins YouTube Music Award (2nd update)

Posted 1:08pm on Monday, Nov. 04, 2013

Update: Pentatonix is scheduled to appear on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer during the 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, newscast (other updates below).

The inaugural YouTube Music Awards, which took place Sunday night in New York and streamed (of course) worldwide, had some big names among their winners, including Eminem, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (they were also, apparently, a pretty wacky event). But among the winners was also Pentatonix, the little a cappella group that could, and can, and just keeps going.

Pentatonix won Response of the Year along with violinist Lindsey Stirling for their post-apocalyptic cover of Imagine Dragons’ hit Radioactive. The category “recognizes the best fan remixes, covers or parodies, based on [viewers], likes, shares and comments .”

As we’ve noted multiple times, Pentatonix was founded by Arlington Martin High grads Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi. who recruited rhythm section Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan so that they would have a quintet, the minimum group size for NBC’s a cappella competition The Sing-Off, which Pentatonix won in the show’s third season.

Since winning the show in late 2011, the group has gone on to play a series of sold-out shows nationwide and is about to embark on its first European tour.

Here’s the winning video, which is indeed a very cool piece of work -- and oddly, one of the few times Pentaonix, which is all over YouTube, has worked with instrumentation. It’s followed by Pentatonix’s latest cover: Lorde’s Royals.

UPDATE: After we posted this Monday, Pentatonix announced the release date for its latest album, PTX Volume 2. And that release date is ... today, as in Tuesday, Nov. 5, exclusively on iTunes. You can also stream it at The album is a mix of covers and originals, and includes a Daft Punk medley you can watch here (warning: freaky eyes).

We mentioned the group’s European tour; they have now announced dates for their next North American tour, beginning Feb. 4 in Tulsa. This has been described as the initial run of dates, with no Texas shows scheduled yet -- but we’re guessing that they’ll make one of their periodic homecoming visits to DFW somewhere down the line.

And, in case you missed it (we did), the group performed “Evolution of Beyonce” on Monday’s Ellen. You can watch that here:

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