Tuesday, March 27, 2007

YouTube awards

YouTube Awards logoA week after announcing the YouTube Video Awards, YouTube has posted the winners of its inaugural awards. The YouTube community selected these seven videos as the champions:

  • Most Creative: OK Go. The Chicago-born band's four members danced over eight moving treadmills to the song "Here It Goes Again." More than 13 million people watched it.

  • Most Inspirational: Free Hugs. Australian Juan Mann won after setting out to brighten strangers' lives in Sydney by offering hugging them.

  • Best Series: Ask a Ninja. Created by Los Angeles comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, it featured a black-clad ninja answering e-mails in unique ninja lingo with his signature sign-off, "I look forward to killing you soon."

  • Best Comedy: Smosh. Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, have the No. 2 most-subscribed channel on YouTube. The college students have nearly 70,000 fans who watch their every move, whether it's music videos or comedy sketches.

  • Best Music: Terranaomi. Los Angeles-based Terra Naomi went from struggling singer-songwriter to being signed to Island Records due to exposure on YouTube.

  • Best Commentary: The Winekone. The Canadian offers a random, rambling monologue on a range of topics.

  • Most Adorable Video: Kiwi. This short film by Dony Permedi is about a flightless kiwi bird who spends his life trying to achieve his dream of flying.

Congratulations to all the winners!