June 16th, 2008
02:55 PM ET
7 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
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Vote Nader

    How come Will.I.Am never made a video for any white Presidential candidates before? You would think someone into politics enough to produce a video would make one each election, or at least actively support their candidate each year.

    Anyway, the Black Eyed Peas have sucked since they sold out to the NBA in '05.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Jackie

    No we can't.

    June 16, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Felly

    Yes, we can!

    June 16, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. GR

    Oh brother.

    June 16, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Mrs.L

    YES WE CAN

    YES WE CAN

    YES WE CAN

    YES WE WILL
    YES WE WILL
    THIS IS THE ONE OF THE BEST BLOGS YOU HAVE POSTED CNN
    GREAT JOB
    OBAMA 08,12

    June 16, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Mark Webb

    Hey CNN, I have good news for your:
    McCain's "Bomb, bomb, bomb" has big chance to win the next Emmy!!

    June 16, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Joyce in Florida

    Whoop-tee-do. Who cares. More brainwashing from Obama's camp. Will people ever learn?!?!?!? I guess not.

    June 16, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Sweet. The man's just at the CENTER of media awards, it seems.

    June 16, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. SC for OBAMA

    YAAAAAYYYY! Everything is going great for Obama! :0)

    Obama/Gore '08!

    June 16, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. M.S. Indiana

    Joyce in Florida, awww poor you, why don;t you take care of grandpa McCain ?? Don't be so sour.
    We are going into a new era, it is called No country for Old Men...

    June 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. martin

    yes we can,unh!yes we can,unh unh!my own hillbilly hip-hop.cool,huh? obama '08

    June 16, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Montana is Obama Country

    .............. ROCK ON AMERICA........... VOTE OBAMA............2008

    June 16, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Montgomery, AL

    To I am now an independent: you are such a spoil sport, a kill-joy, this is something positive-go to bed, and take your negative republican attitude with you....

    GO OBAMA!!!

    June 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. George Garrett

    Seems like the Chris Matthews syndrome is catching. Lot s of legs quivering out there.

    June 16, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    Sad that some bloggers see negativety in anything positive. Do you not have anything better to do then to sit at your computer and criticize every positive blog??

    I think it is fantastic that Obama is receiving this attention from such a broad spectrum of society...he's the man to bring this country together and bring about the generational change needed for the twenty forst century..

    Yes WE can...

    June 16, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. MD

    Obama will win many prizes far more important than an Emmy.

    All we have to do is give him a chance to lead us.

    Are we there yet? Are we at a point in history to put racial bias aside and allow the most qualified candidate lead us in these times of desparate need?

    I sure hope so.

    June 16, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Lisa

    Joyce in Florida, give it a rest, if you have nothing but negative things to say, just go away!!!!!!!! It is so time to knock it off. Go to a McCain rally or something to cheer yourself up!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  18. an ohio voter

    Great job, Will I am. You and the artists deserve it. Congratulations to all of you.

    June 16, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Franky

    Announcer: And the winner for the video that only mattered because some celebrities are in there......

    Announcer: Senator Obama and the campaigners!

    LOL!!!

    June 16, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Talib n GA

    I cried when I first saw that video....it was so moving and something my inner being hopes for. Equality, unity, and equal rights and justice
    I have this song on my MP3 player under Gospel and on my computer and my kids know the words to the song

    God Bless

    Yes We Can!

    June 16, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. beverly

    YA HOOOOOOOOO BARACK OBAMA 08!

    June 16, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. SZ

    Shows what a great showman he is. If you like that kind of thing in a top government official.

    June 16, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. political teenager

    i think it really says something when only high school graduated people don't like obama..the college graduates would know what is good for america as they are smarter. only stupid or rich people support mccain. this is the truth

    June 16, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Uncle Sam

    If the American people are looking for a young, appealing and charismatic performer with a great voice, may I suggest tuning in to American Idol?

    If we are looking for a president, then John McCain's our man.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 16, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. Crush Rush

    Obama,the lion, Commander in Chief,will keep Americans safe at home and abroad.

    June 16, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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