YouTube Creator Awards
Youtube Creator Award.jpg
Awarded forAchieving a subscriber milestone on YouTube
CountryWorldwide
Presented byYouTube
First awardedJune 28, 2012; 10 years ago (2012-06-28)
Websitewww.youtube.com/creators/awards/

YouTube Creator Awards, commonly known as YouTube Play Buttons or YouTube Plaques, are a series of awards from YouTube that aim to recognize its most popular channels. They are based on a channel's subscriber count but are offered at the sole discretion of YouTube. Each channel is reviewed before an award is issued, to ensure that the channel follows the YouTube community guidelines.[1] YouTube reserves the right to refuse to hand out a Creator Award, which it has done for channels featuring horror or extremist political content.[2][3]

Awards

When a YouTube channel reaches a specific milestone and is deemed eligible for a YouTube Creator Reward,[1] they are awarded a relatively flat trophy in a metal casing with a YouTube play button symbol. The trophies are of different sizes: each button and plaque gets progressively bigger with the channel's subscriber count.[4] The Gold Creator Award was introduced at VidCon 2012,[5] alongside the Silver Creator Award at VidCon 2013[6] and the Diamond Creator Award at VidCon 2015.[7] The Creator Awards are made by the New York firm Society Awards.[8]

Prior to March 2021, YouTube featured three additional benefit levels. These are not eligible for Creator Rewards, but they do offer several preliminary benefits:

There are currently three regular Creator Awards tiers,[1] plus a fourth and fifth that have been awarded a few times:

Silver Creator Award

YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg

Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 100,000 subscribers. The old version was made of nickel-plated cupronickel alloy.[15] The new version (as of March 1, 2017) is 92% nickel, 5% carbon and 2.5% zinc, with traces of other metals.[16] In March 2018, the look of the Silver Play Button was updated from a metal button housed within a window box with the channel's name printed on the front glass pane to a cleaner-looking flat designed metal plaque award featuring the channel's name embossed on it.[17][18] Channels at this level are also eligible to apply for a digital verification badge.[19]

Gold Creator Award

YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg

Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 1,000,000 subscribers. It is made of gold-plated brass.[15] In March 2018, the look of the Gold Play Button was updated from a metal button housed within a window box with the channel's name printed on the front glass pane to a cleaner-looking flat designed metal plaque award featuring the channel's name embossed on it.[17][20][21]

Diamond Creator Award

YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg

Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 10 million subscribers. It is made of silver-plated metal inset with a large piece of colorless crystal in the shape of a play button triangle.[22][23] When introduced during VidCon 2015, 35 channels qualified for the award.[24] As of June 28, 2022, there are 984 channels that have 10 million subscribers or more.[25]

Custom Creator Award

YouTube Ruby Play Button 2.svg

Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 50 million subscribers. It is absent from the Creators Award page. PewDiePie gave the nickname of Ruby Creator Award to this award, as he received a ruby-colored award in the shape of his channel's logo. The color can vary per creator, however: for example, T-Series received a colorless award, while Blackpink received a black award on top of a pink base. Channels with a dagger (dagger) symbol have presented their Custom Creator Award to the public. As of June 28, 2022, 35 channels have reached this level, with 17 of these reaching this level prior to 2021:[25]

  1. PewDiePiedagger (December 8, 2016)[26][27]
  2. T-Seriesdagger (June 27, 2018)[28]
  3. 5-Minute Crafts (February 21, 2019)
  4. Cocomelon (June 7, 2019)
  5. SET India (June 20, 2019)
  6. Canal Kondzilladagger (June 21, 2019)[29]
  7. WWE (October 24, 2019)
  8. Justin Bieber (February 3, 2020)
  9. Zee Music Company (February 7, 2020)
  10. Like Nastya Vlog (March 13, 2020)
  11. Dude Perfect (March 24, 2020)
  12. Kids Diana Show (March 30, 2020)
  13. Vlad and Niki (August 18, 2020)
  14. Zee TV (September 2, 2020)
  15. Blackpinkdagger (October 4, 2020)[30]
  16. Marshmello (November 22, 2020)
  17. MrBeast (January 4, 2021)[31][a]

Red Diamond Creator Award

YouTube Red Diamond Play Button.svg

Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 100 million subscribers. Inspired by the Diamond Creator Award, it features a play button triangle with a large dark red crystal. It is also absent from the Creators Awards page. There are currently six channels that have reached this level:

  1. T-Series (May 29, 2019)[32][33]
  2. PewDiePie (August 25, 2019)[34][35][33]
  3. Cocomelon (December 12, 2020)[36]
  4. SET India (March 28, 2021)[37]
  5. MrBeast (July 28, 2022)[38]
  6. Kids Diana Show (August 16, 2022)

Notes

  1. ^ While MrBeast's Custom Creator Award has not been verified to have come from YouTube directly, it is listed on the Society Awards website.

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