Barack Obama, Pentatonix snag early Streamy Awards honors

Barack Obama can now add “Streamy award winner” to his already impressive résumé. The president was awarded for his Between Two Ferns collaboration with Zach Galifianakis Thursday night in a pre-show event that honored 33 Streamy categories in advance of the Sunday livestream.

The Streamy Awards honor the best and brightest in digital video, and while the major awards will be handed out during Sunday’s livestream at the Beverly Hilton, Thursday’s event had a laid-back, Creative Arts Emmys vibe, giving many of the talent behind the scenes a moment to shine. Sharply dressed denizens of the digital video world packed the YouTube Space L.A. Thursday night for a pre-awards reception, taking to the stage for brief acceptance speeches and posing on the red carpet.

Marquee talent also accepted awards, including Pentatonix, who will perform at Sunday’s event. David Milchard, who embodies the adorable 2-year-old Coco in Convos With My 2-Year-Old, took home Best Actor in a Comedy, while Mamrie Hart joked that she was honored that the Streamys considered her an actress for “playing a girl named Mamrie who drinks too much” on her channel.

The 14 remaining awards, including Viner of the Year, Best First-Person Series, and the Audience Choice awards, will be handed out on Sunday at a show that will mix YouTube stars will traditional talent like Lance Bass and Tara Reid.

Pre-show winners include:

Channel, Show, or Series – Overall

  • Best Companion (Channel, Show, or Series) – Vandaveon and Mike (Key & Peele)
  • Best Non-Fiction or Reality (Channel, Show, or Series) – Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Channel, Show, or Series – Subject

  • Best Dance (Channel, Show, or Series) – Jabbawockeez
  • Best Food and Cuisine (Channel, Show, or Series) – Epic Meal Time
  • Best Health and Wellness (Channel, Show, or Series) – Blogilates
  • Best Pranks (Channel, Show, or Series) – Jack Vale
  • Best Science and Education (Channel, Show, or Series) – Vsauce
  • Best Sports (Channel, Show, or Series) – Red Bull

Special

  • Best Animated (Channel, Show, or Series) – RWBY
  • Best Indie (Channel, Show, or Series) – Little Horribles
  • Best International (Channel, Show, or Series) – Noob (France)

Performance

  • Best Actress in a Comedy – Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink
  • Best Actress in a Drama – Ashley Clements, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
  • Best Actor in a Comedy – David Milchard, Convos With My 2-Year-Old
  • Best Actor in a Drama – Joey Graceffa, Storytellers
  • Best Collaboration – Zach Galifianakis and President Barack Obama, Between Two Ferns

Music

  • Best Cover Song – Pentatonix, Daft Punk Mashup (Daft Punk)
  • Best Music Video – Goku vs Superman, Epic Rap Battles of History
  • Best Musical Artist – Lindsey Stirling

Craft

  • Best Choreography – Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Garrett Warren and Larnell Stovall
  • Best Cinematography – Devinsupertramp, Devin Graham
  • Best Costume Design – Epic Rap Battles of History, Sulai Lopez
  • Best Directing – Video Game High School, Matt Arnold and Freddie Wong
  • Best Editing – Kids React, Dan Seibert, Justin Reager, Benny Fine, Rafi Fine, and Jordan Towles
  • Best Original Score – RWBY, Jeff Williams
  • Best Visual and Special Effects – Action Movie Kid, Daniel Hashimoto
  • Best Writing – Epic Rap Battles of History, Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette

Vine

  • Best Vine Comedian – DeStorm Power
  • Best Vine Creativity – Zach King 

Campaign or Event

  • Best Brand Campaign – Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six (Need For Speed)
  • Best Live Event – #Tubeathon 2013
  • Best Public Service – YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House

Television

  • Best Television Show – Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Photo courtesy of Corey Lubowich.

Rae Votta

Rae Votta

A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.