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.


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  1. CHIQUITA for OBAMA

    Obama... We are so proud of you!!!!! Keep up the GREAT work!

    OBAMA '08

    June 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Excellent Video!!!

    This is ingenious video and deserves all the attention that it is receiving across the world.

    June 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. CR

    Yes WE Can!
    * GO TEAM OBAMA !!!! *

    June 16, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. SMOQ

    i think that's so cool. this campaign has inspired Americans as a whole more are voting, more are coming together on common issues.
    The voice of everyday people is being heard over the loud roar of billion dollar lobbyist..................time to change people change we can believe in

    June 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Peggy - Tx

    Obama’s message has become a rallying cry uniting Americans from every walk of life who desperately seek relief from the powerful Republican political machine that has abused its power during the last 7 years to diminish the American quality of life and our moral authority as a super power.

    Yes we can !!!

    June 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Figured as much...i watched it 10 plus times and each time I get all chocked up...no I'm not drinking the kool-aide, I just like the video.

    June 16, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. Honky guy from chicago

    This is a taste of things to come.

    Certified Obamabot- Obama 08'

    June 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. No Cain Do

    Obama !!!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. no Hil liar vp

    Change Change Change .

    Change that we can believe in .

    Its Oh "Yes We Can "
    We invite you to join us one and ALL
    Join us for the greatest Obama movement our America has ever witnessed . the world has only seen the beginning
    Obama we are at your back all the way to the White House /Oval Office .
    Go Obama 2008/2012

    June 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Tx Dem

    Where's McCains vid??? =P

    Great inspirational vid that illustrates what the USA is about!

    June 16, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Wes

    Obama has my vote but that video was ... creepy. It certainly wouldnt do anything to attract new voters, if anything it would turn them off.
    Not to mention the video is actually a bit condescending in that it's a bunch of celebrities telling the people how they should vote.

    OBama/(insert VP here) 08 and '12

    June 16, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Jaci

    I love that video. It was really moving and simply well done.

    June 16, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Regardless of whether you like Obama or not, that was an awesome vidoe and well deserving of an Emmy. Congratulations will.i.am!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Nom Deplume, Esq.

    Is it any surprise, being that it comes out of Hollywood???

    In case you haven't noticed, Hollywood has been pushing the dem agenda in its work for the past eight years (West Wing, Commander in Chief, 24), and it is no surprise that it does so openly in an awards ceremony.

    Hardly an earthshaking event. And yet CNN gives it a headline.

    June 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Andy Arlingen

    ...Just keep on with all the rock star crap, and you will see what the working people and seniors think about all this. Thumbs down!

    June 16, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Ron, NY

    Will you please give me a break-this guy is not the Messiah, he is not Christ-–would you stop prostrating your miserable bodies before him-you are all PATHETIC!!!

    June 16, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. TPas

    Obama is making history in all contest....so yes he can change washington FOR the best .... yes we can

    June 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    I just listened to the song and cried.

    Barack Obama 08

    June 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Rave

    YES WE CAN WON GRAMMY
    OBAMA WILL WIN THE ELECTION
    MCCAIN WILL BE ADMITTED INTO A MENTAL HEALTH CENTER TO ADD MORE PAGES TO HIS 1200 PAGES HEALTH RECORD
    MAN THIS GUY IS OLD >>OLD BUFFOON
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    June 16, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. Heather

    Awesome and well deserved.

    June 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Kiah

    NICE! Obama-haters will LOVE this one.

    Obama '08

    June 16, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Yes Obama Yes!

    I can't wait to say President Obama.

    June 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Casual observer

    Is this American Idol or a Presidential election....

    June 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  24. Yes We Can

    I am very proud to be an american even in the mist of so much hate and so much animosity against Senator Obama,
    the American people I know are kind, humble, able to accept their mistakes, willing to lend a h and, willing to step up for other, their families, work hard,.....................
    (unlike the 100 century old clintons..)

    we will win..........

    June 16, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    it's really exciting that we have a dynamic, INTELLIGENT, substantive, pro-american, young, inspiring candidate who actually has A HEART AND SOUL!!!! it will be a welcome change!

    america, what's wrong with getting excited about a young, dynamic candidate like obama?? i know it's scary and new for some of us, but it's the only hope this country has. we CANNOT survive another 4 years of neoconism!!!

    and for those of you who handed your brains over to let FOX do your thinking, it's just not true that he has no experience or substance. take 5 minutes to do a little research and you will see. better yet, go on a FOX DIET! those people are "entertainers", you do know they arent NEWSCASTERS, right?!?!?!!?!?!? they feed on your anger, weakness, disillusionment, and fears-and they play you, laughing all the way to the bank!

    June 16, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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