June 16th, 2008
02:55 PM ET
6 years ago

“Yes We Can” Obama video wins Emmy

(CNN) – The famous “Yes We Can” video that spliced together clips of Barack Obama’s New Hampshire primary night speech and set it to music with celebrities singing along has won an Emmy award.

Produced by Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am, the video won in the first time "New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment” category that “recognizes innovative production techniques and the use of media enhancement to support content.”

The video became an internet sensation when it first appeared shortly before Super Tuesday. Among the many celebrities who lent their voices to t project, which was filmed in black and white, are John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Obama's campaign often plays the video before he takes the stage at rallies.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
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  1. TESAP

    Ofcourse.....................

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE... :)

    June 16, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Yasriel

    Marvelous! Cool

    June 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Ready for Change

    COOL!!!!
    Obama '08

    June 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. is this a joke?

    I guess this is what we have become... politics and entertainment coming together... this makes me sick...

    June 16, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. HOPE 2008

    YEAH! OBAMA ALL THE WAY!

    June 16, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. HELEN

    I pray Sen Obama is able to be present to accept it with those individuals who are responsible for the video. I applaud Will i am and all the other celebrities. I LOVE THE VIDEO. THE VOICE PART ALONG IS EMOTIONALLY MOVING.

    OBAMA 08'

    June 16, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. JT

    Grats to Will.i.am. Good job man.

    June 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Steve in DC

    Wow...this is awesome!

    June 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Addis - observer

    Wow! That Video deserves even more!

    June 16, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Joe Regis

    The big party will be on November 05.

    America is invited.

    Obama 08 & 12

    June 16, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Greg FL.

    Yes we can and we will.

    June 16, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Sarah

    He should dedicate the Emmy to Obama's speechwriter.

    June 16, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is making history everywhere and this is the smartest and most beautiful video with the faces of America. This video brought me to tears knowing "Yes We Can", together we can.

    June 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    Obama Is Like A Big Rock Star And Mccain Is Like A Big Rock!

    June 16, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. mike

    McCain preferred small government, which means he does not have to do anything when he is in White House, he will use White House as his retire home, his nursing home with No.1 benefit, his wife will get special connection for her company, simple as it.

    June 16, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    Congratulations to all those involved in the video. Yes We Can! Yes We Will!

    June 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    You go Barack, this video is awesome. There is also a gospel recording by John P. Kee. It is a great too.

    Everyone should get a copy

    CNN, I applaud you for this one. Just keep up the good work. We love positive news.

    Obama 08

    No Hillary and No Bayh Ditch Mitch

    June 16, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Joe Regis

    And a party...

    There will be!!!

    Obama 08

    History in the making.

    June 16, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. Georgia for Obama

    Music to my ears

    June 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. ILUVOBAMA

    I LOVE THIS VIDEO, I watch over a hundred times!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. yes we can

    we are the ones who we have been waiting for.
    we are the ones who we have been looking for.

    Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. ILUVOBAMA

    watched*

    June 16, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. karen orange

    It's not only his video that won an award. Barack Obama will win the highest award anyone in this country can win and he'll do it without music. He will win with honesty, integrety, hope,and a vision that this country can come out of the depts of dispair that President George W. Bush has put us all in. God Bless America and God Bless Barack Obama.

    June 16, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Yes We Can!

    Fired Up! Ready To Go!

    June 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. I AM NOW AN INDEPENDENT!*********

    OH AN EMMY,

    BUT CAN HE WIN IN NOVEMBER?

    NOT WITH ANY HELP FROM ME!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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