State Street Global Advisors last night cleaned house at the 8th Annual Global ETF Awards Dinner held in New York, taking home a series of industry awards.

The SPDR ETFs were awarded the Most Recognized ETF Brand for the Americas for the fifth consecutive year and Jim Ross, senior managing director and global head of SPDR Exchange Traded Funds, was honored with the inaugural Nate Most Greatest Contributor to the ETF Industry award.

"Nate Most was a brilliant innovator who led an astounding career," stated Ross. "To receive such a prestigious award in his name is an honor for which I'm very grateful."

In addition, SSgA also received its fourth annual Most Informative ETF Website for the Americas award for SPDRs.com, which features data and research on exchange traded funds and the markets.

"As ETF product development evolves and expands into new structures, including active management, ensuring that every investor and financial advisor has the information needed to do their due diligence is vital to the continued growth of ETFs," stated Gary MacDonald, senior managing director and global head of Marketing at State Street Global Advisors.

The Global ETF Awards are based on votes casted by ETF industry professionals worldwide. In 2012, over 520 different organizations from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa voted for Global ETF Award recipients.