The votes are in and counted for the first ever YouTube Video contest. The contest was designed to honor the best user-generated video of 2006.
The winners are:
Most Creative - OK Go: This music video with a scary treadmill theme also won a Grammy for "Best Short-Form Music Video” and has been viewed by 13 million people.
Most Inspirational - Free Hugs: A heart-warming video showing how folks respond to a free hug.
Best Series – Ask a Ninja: Created by L.A. comedians Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, this series of ninja answering questions would make Ann Landers or other advice columnists queasy.
Best Comedy – Smosh: The creators Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, aka Smosh, have the number two most-subscribed channel on YouTube.
Best Music – Terranaomi: Terra Naomi, a YouTube success story now with a major record label, began vlogging and broadcasting live acoustic performances from her LA apartment in February 2006. She is the third most subscribed-to musician on YouTube.
Best Commentary – The Winekone: A half-naked man rants.
Most Adorable Video – Kiwi!: This film, Dony Permedi's master's thesis in animation with music Tim Cassell, is about the aspirations of a kiwi bird. Kiwi is the number one most watched Film and Animation video on YouTube with more than six million views.