From drunk cooking in your kitchen to covering the brightest pop songs a cappella, the 2014 Streamy Award nominees, announced today, celebrate the breadth of digital video achievement. Those digital stars will shine Sunday, Sept. 7, when the fourth annual Streamy Awards stream live from Beverly Hills.
“If the caliber of this year’s nominees is any indication, we’re on track for the biggest Streamys ever,” said Executive Producer Drew Baldwin, co-founder of Tubefilter, in a press release.
Since the 2013 edition of the Streamys, the line between digital and non-digital has continued to blur. But the Streamys have held true to their online roots, honoring Web stars as opposed to mainstreamers moonlighting on the Web, or new digital series that are more akin in budget and scope to television and film. The nominees are truly Web stars, with many repeat nominees from years past, including The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, MyMusic, and Grace Helbig, to name a few.
New categories celebrating Vine achievement include nominations for Cameron Dallas, Brittany Furlan, and Marcus Johns. Overall, the theme of this years Streamys is diversity, with nominations that break down categories of content such as beauty or gaming, without trying to pit the best comedic YouTube stars up against first-person vloggers or educational series. The awards do pay homage to mainstream TV with the newly added category Excellence in Television, which saw nominations go to Chris Hardwick’s Internet-obsessed @Midnight, as well as more mainstream fare like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live, both of which have highly successful YouTube presences.
The Streamys have yet to announce a host or special guests, but in years past celebs such as Joss Whedon, Lance Bass, and David Hasselhoff have all graced the stage. The event is presented by Coca-Cola and organized in conjunction with Dick Clark Productions. The full list of nominees is available on their website.
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