March 13, 2008 08:00 ET

YouTube Video Awards Officially Take Center Stage

People to Vote in Twelve Categories Including New Eyewitness, Instructional, Politics, Sports and Short Film Genres

SAN BRUNO, CA--(Marketwire - March 13, 2008) - YouTube™, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, today announced this year's YouTube Video Awards: The contest recognizes the achievements of the YouTube community and encourages the creation of outstanding online videos.

The 2007 YouTube Video Awards commemorate the preeminent original user-created videos of this year and those who made them in the categories of: Adorable, Comedy, Commentary, Creative, Eyewitness, Inspirational, Instructional, Politics, Music, Series, Short Film and Sports.

YouTube Video Awards nominees, drawn from the site's most buzz-worthy content, are centralized in a gallery of separate lists, one for each award category. YouTube community members can browse each list and vote for their favorite video once per day from March 13 through March 19, 2008. YouTube Video Awards winners will be revealed on YouTube on March 21. The winner from each award category will receive a trophy in honor of the achievement and will receive a special invitation, along with VIP treatment, at an event later this year.

"From breakout performances to inspiring commentary to playful pets, the efforts of the YouTube community continue to bubble up and get noticed by a massive audience," said Mia Quagliarello, manager of community for YouTube. "This year's YouTube Video Award nominees kept people in hysterics, caused jaws to drop and moved our users to watch and share more online videos than ever before."

The YouTube Video Awards give content creators an opportunity to be recognized beyond the honors, view counts and star ratings that videos on the site garner. It also exemplifies that there is truly something for everyone on YouTube.

About YouTube

YouTube is the world's largest online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, CA and is a subsidiary of Google, Inc.