YouTube Holding Belated Video Awards Contest

Posted on March 19, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that YouTube is going to release a list of the best YouTube videos from 2006 tomorrow. The AP says the list of nominees is at but the page is either not loading or that is not the right URL. But the AP does list some familiar faces as nominees.

The video-sharing Web site announced Monday that it will hold the first YouTube Video Awards to recognize the best-user created videos of 2006. The awards will be handed out in seven categories: most creative, most inspirational, best series, best comedy, musician of the year, best commentary and "most adorable video ever."

The nominees, picked by YouTube, are compiled in a gallery at YouTube community members can vote on their favorites beginning Monday and concluding on Friday. The winners, as chosen by the community, will be announced March 25. Each will be prominently featured on YouTube and receive a trophy, the design of which will be revealed later.

Among the nominees are noted "vloggers" Paul Robinett ("Renetto") and Peter Oakley ("Geriatric1927"). The comedy of Barats and Bereta, and Smosh, is also nominated, as are series such as Lonelygirl15's and "Ask a Ninja." The power pop band OK Go is perhaps the most professional of the nominees; it's nominated for the famous treadmill-choreographed music video, "Here It Goes Again."

Robert Scoble points out that these YouTube Video Awards are a copy of the annual Vloggies. Vloggies is a much better name. There is a nice collection of video interviews with online content producers on the Vloggies Show blog. Our post on the Vloggies winners from last year can be found here.

The Associated Press named their picks for the top 2006 YouTube videos last December. YouTube's video awards will barely make it by the end of the first quarter of 2007.

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