Well I wasn't there for the contest but the awards show was pretty good. The larger setting at Adam's Mark Hotel is so much better - huge floors, lots of space, and the screening rooms were much better. I don't know how well the videos played during the contest/showcase, but the awards show was decent.
This year was a milestone.
** First time every that a single video sweeps ALL THE JUDGING AWARDS: Artistic, Technical, Judges' Choice.
That honor went to Carlos for his Drunk With Love video.
Because of that they decided to show the runner up winner(s) for the Artistic and Technical Awards.
Both went to Brad Demoss.
Now let me say something here about Akon's video awards and the videos "they" judge as winners.
1) AKon does not do categories like "action, drama, comedy, etc." Lots of conventions do this already, and while I and others have had discussions with the staff about this, I think it is one of the things that makes AKon unique. But this also affects how they judge videos.
2) If you watch the videos Carlos won at Akon this year and last year, and also Brad Demoss' winning videos, I will argue this.....It does not take much to impress the judges or win at AKON! These videos all have very "simple" editing, and little or no "special effects". Though, one of the things Chris (the guy presenting the awards) says is that "unique" music does play a factor. However, ultimately they look for how well the anime (and it's editing) work well with the soundtrack to convey the "message, mood, or story".
It is confirmed that next year they will support digital submissions.