Will.I.Am Scores Webby Award For Barack Obama Video

Will.I.Am has to make room on his shelf. The Grammy-Award Winner received Artist of the Year honors yesterday for his pro Barack Obama viral music clip, “Yes We Can.” The stark, black and white video was directed by Bob Dylan’s son, Jesse, and features a number of notables chanting Obama’s familiar refrain: “Yes We Can.”

Will wrote the lyrics based on a speech the Illinois Senator gave during the New Hampshire Primary in January, the second contest of what has become a drawn-out process to select the Democratic Presidential Nominee. John Legend, Common, Nick Cannon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Herbie Hancock were just a few of the close to 40 celebrities who participated. Never one to be outspoken, the rapper/producer blogged about his reasons for the song and video on huffingtonpost.com.

“I was never really big on politics … and actually, I’m still not big on politics,” he wrote at the time. [But] “the outcome of the last two elections has saddened me … on how unfair, backwards, upside down, unbalanced, untruthful, corrupt and just simply, how wrong the world and politics are. … So this year I wanted to get involved and do all I could, early.” Other winners included Stephen Colbert, the Onion News Network, and TomGreen.com. A ceremony will take place June 9th in New York. -Jayson Rodriguez

Watch “Yes We Can” here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

  • eddie bowden

    thats what it is we need more of this in hip/hop matter of fact more of this in our community

  • http://internationalzonecoaster.blogspot.com Max-Jerome

    This is not news, and he’s not a revolutionary, he’s a dope producer turned sell out.

    Who Cares-He’s Rich.

    • ill G

      it might not be news to u, but it is to others. keep your ignorant comments to yaself

  • king k

    thats real black republican shit u know what i’m talkin abt. real talk

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    “I’ll never wear mink boats in the summertime like Will I Am”

    • Ghost Deini

      It’s mink boots.

      • ATL = All Trannies Live

        Typo

  • render

    Aint a fan but daps for this one. Obama is the best candidate that I’ve seen in my lifetime…aint sayin much and that nigga is still a politician by definition but as far as politicians go, yall aint gonna find better

    Will i am got that white college vote on lock with this one

  • Neven

    Wills been dope since the eazy days

    From a Canadian….. I really hope America goes Democrat this time around. From watchin the tube Obama is the man he talks from the mind not the cue cards

  • NIG

    IF OBAMA MAKES IT 2 THE FINAL 2………PEOPLE PLEASE GO VOTE!!!WE THE HIP HOP NATION WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE 4 REAL!

  • Tha Ace

    kids that make these comments are ridiculously non politically aware

    this is nothin but propaganda…..do somethin for the first black man to ever have a chance of being president and of course u will get their award, doesn’t matter how awful your shit might be

  • http://www.xxlmag.com brand-new

    i cant say nothin bad about him, hes original and a good producer.

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  • Dusty Boy

    Will.I.Am is the shit!! Yall lames need to fall back with all that hatin’!!! He’s involved, thats more then I can say for all yall ignorant lames!!!

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