YouTube Creator 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. YouTube reserves the right to refuse to hand out a Creator Award, which it has done for channels featuring horror or extremist political content.
|YouTube Creator Awards|
Indian YouTuber Satish Kushwaha holding Creator Awards: one Gold and several Silver
|First awarded||June 28, 2012|
When a verified YouTube channel reaches a specific milestone and is deemed eligible for a YouTube Creator Reward, 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. The Silver and Gold awards were introduced at VidCon 2012, with the Diamond award being introduced at VidCon 2015. The Creator Awards are made by the New York firm Society Awards.
Prior to March 2021, YouTube featured three additional benefit levels. These are not eligible for Creator Rewards, but they do offer several preliminary benefits:
- Graphite was for channels with 1 to 999 subscribers. Channels with 100 subscribers or more can apply for a custom URL. For example:
YouTube.com/c/YouTubeMusic, which can be simplified to
- Opal was for channels with 1,000 to 9,999 subscribers. This is the minimum subscriber count required for the YouTube Partner Program, which also requires a minimum of 4,000 total viewer watch hours in the past 12 months, plus a manual review of the channel's content to determine compliance with the program guidelines.
- Bronze was for channels with 10,000 to 99,999 subscribers. The YouTube NextUp program is exclusive to channels meeting this threshold and other program criteria. This is also the minimum subscriber count required for a Spreadshop or Teespring merchandise shelf.
There are currently three regular Creator Awards tiers, plus a fourth and fifth that have been awarded a few times:
Silver Creator Award
Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 100,000 subscribers. The old version was made of nickel-plated cupronickel alloy. The new version (as of March 1, 2017) is 92% nickel, 5% carbon and 2.5% zinc, with traces of other metals. 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. Channels at this level are also eligible to apply for a digital verification badge.
Gold Creator Award
Awarded to channels that reach or surpass 1,000,000 subscribers. It is made of gold-plated brass. 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.
Diamond Creator Award
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. When introduced during VidCon 2015, 35 channels qualified for the award. As of August 5, 2021, there are 911 channels that have reached 10 million subscribers.
Custom Creator Award
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 () symbol have presented their Custom Creator Award to the public. As of June 2021, 25 channels have reached this level, including:
- PewDiePie (December 8, 2016)
- T-Series (June 27, 2018)
- 5-Minute Crafts (February 21, 2019)
- Cocomelon (June 7, 2019)
- SET India (June 20, 2019)
- Canal Kondzilla (June 21, 2019)
- WWE (October 24, 2019)
- Justin Bieber (February 3, 2020)
- Zee Music Company (February 7, 2020)
- Like Nastya Vlog (March 13, 2020)
- Dude Perfect (March 24, 2020)
- Kids Diana Show (March 30, 2020)
- Vlad and Niki (August 18, 2020)
- Zee TV (September 2, 2020)
- Blackpink (October 4, 2020)
- Marshmello (November 22, 2020)
- MrBeast (January 3, 2021)a
- Big Hit Labels (January 9, 2021)
- Goldmines Telefilms (February 27, 2021)
- Movieclips (February 27, 2021)
- Shemaroo Filmi Gaane (March 27, 2021)
- Sony SAB (May 2, 2021)
- BangtanTV (May 21, 2021)
- Pinkfong (June 29, 2021)
- ChuChu TV (July 21, 2021)
Red Diamond Creator Award
Red diamond creator award are 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 four channels that have reached this level:
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