Amazon Edges Bud Light 'Lemons' to Win the 2021 Super Clio

Jurors debate craft, relevance and more

Amazon's Super Bowl spot "Alexa's Body," by agency Lucky Generals, has won the 2021 Super Clio—honoring the best ad of the Super Bowl, as judged by top creative talent in the advertising industry.

It narrowly edged Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade's "Last Year's Lemons" spot by Wieden + Kennedy New York, which was the only other finalist.

There was plenty of love for both spots in the virtual jury room. The Amazon work was praised for its production values, acting performances and admirably restrained humor. But the Bud Light work had some vocal advocates of its own, with several jurors arguing that it was good to see some advertisers addressing the pandemic—rather than taking the easy way out and sidestepping it entirely.

"Last Year's Lemons" was also praised for its production values, the comedic setups of each scene referring to specific Covid pain points (travel, haircuts, sporting events, weddings), and the old-timey soundtrack.

But "Alexa's Body" won for its entertaining mix of sexy and funny, the pacing, and the subtle but hilarious storytelling (as compared to all the broader humor on display). Also, it was great to see a mostly Black cast, which wasn't lost on the jury, either.

See both spots below:

Amazon | Alexa’s Body
Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade | Last Year’s Lemons

The finalists emerged from an initial group of nine contenders—a greater number than usual, perhaps reflecting somewhat more parity among the spots this year. The other seven brands that the jury discussed were Anheuser-Busch ("Let's Grab a Beer"), DoorDash, General Motors, Huggies, Jimmy John's, Rocket Mortgage and Toyota.

This was the seventh year of Super Clio, the only award for Super Bowl advertising bestowed by a jury of top advertising professionals. See all the Super Clio winners dating back to 2015 at the Super Clio site.

This year's jurors were:

2021 Super Clio jury

• Rob Reilly, global creative chairman, McCann Worldgroup (non-voting commissioner)
• Chad Broude, co-founder/co-CCO, Highdive Advertising 
• Margaret Johnson, CCO, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
• Aaron Kovan, CPO, VaynerMedia
• Diane Hill, EVP, group executive producer, BBDO New York
• Danilo Boer, CCO, Ogilvy New York
• Ruben Mercadal, associate director of film and content production, Droga5
• Colleen DeCourcy, president, Wieden + Kennedy
• Sherina Florence, group creative director, 72andSunny
• Keith Cartwright, founder/CCO, Cartwright

Tim Nudd
Tim Nudd was editor in chief of the Clio Awards and editor of Muse by Clio from 2018 to 2023.

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