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YouTube: ThePianoGuys reach 1 billion views

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Timothy Norris

ThePianoGuys have hit a landmark threshold. The YouTube music group from Utah has eclipsed 1 billion views and were recognized by the video platform at a Los Angeles concert Saturday.

“I would like to thank the Academy,” music producer and songwriter Al van der Beek joked. “I want to thank all of you, because if it wasn’t for you guys clicking on our videos, this would not be.”

Founded by van der Beek, producer/videographer Paul Anderson, pianist/songwriter Jon Schmidt, and cellist/songwriter Steven Sharp Nelson in March 2008, ThePianoGuys’ videos feature Nelson and Schmidt typically playing a current pop song, often infused and mashed up with a classical track; for example, Frozen anthem “Let It Go” and Vivaldi’s “Winter,” or David Guetta’s “Titanium” with “Pavane” by Gabriel Fauré. Their popular videos usually are filmed in beautiful, natural settings.

See their take on Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” — their most popular video with over 74 million views — below.