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YouTube takes a break from Rewind this year

By Christian Imperio Published Nov 13, 2020 3:15 pm

There's no denying that the year 2020 has been tough for everyone. Apart from the prevailing effects of the pandemic that left societies in an unprecedented standstill, the second decade of the millennia has also become a nightmare that keeps rearing its ugly head.

So, If there’s a year that everyone should forget about, it’s definitely 2020. And YouTube couldn’t agree more. That’s why this year, the streaming platform has announced that it’s cancelling its annual yearend event dubbed as Rewind.

In a statement, the company said that it’s taking a break from its yearly celebratory recap event because 2020 “has been different. And it doesn’t feel right to carry on as if it weren’t.”

“We know that so much of the good that did happen in 2020 was created by all of you. You’ve found ways to lift people up, help them cope, and make them laugh. You made a hard year genuinely better. Thank you for making a difference,” it said.

Since 2010, YouTube ended every year with a collection of most-watched videos that captured the collective attention of people all around the world. Last year, among the top trending videos in the U.S. include James Charles’ No More Lies, Gordon Ramsay Savagely Critiques Spicy Wings, I Bought Everything In A Store - Challenge, and Saturday Night Live’s R. Kelly Interview Cold Open. In 2018, YouTube’s Rewind became the most disliked video on the platform for featuring mainstream celebrities instead of popular YouTube creators.