In any case, YouTube Awards were announced Monday with seven winners emerging from the massive five-day online voting effort by YouTubers worldwide. Sadly, there was no televised (online or elsewhere) gala event, gathering all the interweb stars together in one room with a charming host and musical guests. Ah well, maybe next year.
Here are the winners:
Most Creative: OK Go Here It Goes Again
Tough to argue with 50 kajillion views and one foot-tapper of a song.
Most Inspirational: Free Hugs
Given the concept–beared dude offering free hugs to strangers–this could've easily turned into a Most Creepy candidate, but this pulls it off with very few cringe incidents.
Best Series: Ask a Ninja
It's no secret why ninjas are so popular and this series carries the warrior's storied tradition in a new direction on the information superhighway.
Best Comedy: Smosh Short 2: Stranded
Youngsters Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are the brains behind Smosh, which according to YouTube sources is the number two most-subscribed channel on YouTube–of all time. Which in YouTube time is, like, what? A year? Still, pretty impressive.
Best Music: Terranaomi Say It's Possible
L.A.-based Terra Naomi has done what pretty much every hondo with a camera has tried to do with YouTube–parlayed it into real-life success. Once a struggling singer-songwriter, Naomi can thank her YouTubing (and, presumably, talent) for landing her a record deal with Island Records.
Best Commentary: The Winekone Hotness Prevails
Enter the world of this rambling, ranting Canuck and be entertained on a variety of subjects. This is stream-of-consciousness gibberish of the (sort of) highest order.
Most Adorable Video: Kiwi!
Slick animation and a great concept is part of what makes this tragicomedy (or is it comedragic?) so damn cute.