According to YouTube Rewind, which highlights the biggest music, trends, memes and characters on the video platform over the past 12 months, eight of the top 10 trending videos were locally produced or feature local talent.
The 2018 video, which was released Thursday and is the longest Rewind to date, opens with an appearance by Will Smith (recreating birthday Grand Canyon video), and features celebrity appearances by John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Olympic skater Adam Rippon.
I write about drag queens.
It was still pleasant to see those present take over control of Rewind and use it to let the fans control some aspects of it as well.
It's not all lollipops and rainbows, the video even jokes about "Let's read the comments" something people know to avoid when on YouTube. It seems that this time the video was not that impressive compared to the previous year. This is up from a year ago, when half of the top 10 videos were locally produced. (Seriously, is it "Yanny" or "Laurel"?) India comedy sensation Amit Bhadana amassed an astounding 11 million subscribers in just one year and Lâm Chấn Khang's two-hour musical comedy set in the criminal underworld amassed more than 60 million views. It also set the YouTube record for the fastest video to garner 100 million views, reaching the milestone in less than four days. But were they in YouTube rewind?
So while 2018 was a huge year for YouTube and the internet stars who make it great, many were left off. Of course, there were also a number of music videos that received millions of views by Canadian eyes, including the chart-topping, star-studded Maroon 5 and Cardi B clip for "Girls Like You".
While YouTube's Rewind is disappointing we are trembling in anticipation for the responses from other creators such as videogamedunkey who made his own rewind for 2016.
Though YouTube said its content creators "controlled" the direction of its roundup, the platform's community largely-and vehemently-disagrees.