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YouTube Live
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Available language(s) English
Owner YouTube, Google
Launched November 22-23, 2008
Current status Ended

YouTube Live was an entertainment and multimedia event that first took place on November 22, 2008 from San Francisco, California at 8:00 PM EST (November 23 01:00 UTC) and November 23, 2008 from Tokyo, Japan.[1]

The event was streamed live from San Francisco and Tokyo and hosted a variety of YouTube celebrities, including Black Eyed Peas rapper, Tom Dickson of Will It Blend, Michael Buckley, Fred, Esmée Denters and singer Katy Perry, among others.[2]

Jordanian Queen Rania was also honored at the event with the first ever YouTube Visionary Award for her efforts to combat stereotypes and misconceptions associated with Arabs and Muslims.[3] With over 3 million views, Queen Rania created her own channel on YouTube in March 2008 to start an international conversation, which she called "unscripted, unedited and unfiltered".[4]

As a sponsor for the event, Flip Video gave away a free Flip Video Mino to many of the audience members to record any of the event. A station to upload videos to YouTube from the Mino was also provided, and promoted, in sponsorship of Flip.


Special guests and performers

This is a list of special guests and performers in order of appearance, who include:

Visionary Award

In 2008, YouTube honored Queen Rania of Jordan with the inaugural YouTube Visionary Award. The award was presented by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who said the Queen was being honored because of her "use of technology to instigate social change". The Queen accepted the award via taped message where she spoofed US comedian David Letterman by copying his Top 10 format in the humorous clip where she explained why she started her channel on YouTube.[5] The Queen launched her channel in March 2008 to breakdown stereotypes about the Arab and Muslim worlds.[6]


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