For those that missed it last time around, the Community Awards are based on an old idea from the U2 newsgroups, and are just a light-hearted excuse to celebrate the last 12 months in the world of U2 and its online fanbase. In this post I will ask you to submit nominations for a whole bunch of award categories, and once the shortlists have been drawn up, there'll be a final vote and I'll announce the results at the end of the year. The more people that participate, the better it'll be!
Here's a quick summary of last year's results...
- Newbie of the Year: zoostation
- Veteran of the Year: canadanne
- Website of the Year: U2 LJ community
- LJ Community of the Year: u2
- Concept of the Year: CoeXisT
- Enormous Thread of the Year: Best and worst lyrics
- Best Looking U2 Member in 2005: The Edge
- Quote of the Year (LJ members): "Play Mofo!" ~ zoostation
- Quote of the Year (the band): "Bono hits us. Sometimes really hard." ~ The Edge
- Community Feature of the Year: Song Of The Day
- Most Comical Poster: zoostation
- Expert of the Year: canadanne
- Best U2 Photography by a Member of the Community: psykoboy2
- Best Userpic: Acrobat by obviousenigma
- Best Username: bonoinakilt
- Band Member of the Year: tie between The Edge and Larry's mullet
- Live Song of the Year: Love And Peace Or Else
- Performance of the Year: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at Live 8
- Best U2 Icon-Maker in the Community: zoostation
- Concert of the Year: tie between Seattle 25/4, Toronto 17/9 and Los Angeles 1/11
- Post of the Year: Bono the baby hippo
- Discussion of the Year: Best and worst lyrics
- Poster of the Year: zoostation
- Worst Crime Against Fashion Committed by a Member of U2 in 2005: Larry's mullet
* You can nominate in as many or as few categories as you like. But more suggestions equal more fun!
* You can submit multiple nominations for any category.
* You're not allowed to nominate yourself.
* You don't have to give reasons for your nominations, but it'd be great if you do, as it helps when I'm writing the presentation speeches!
THE AWARD CATEGORIES ARE...
Newbie of the Year
~~ A member who has joined u2 within the last year or so* and has wasted no time in making their presence felt! If there's a recent addition to the community who has made an impression on you for whatever reason, why not welcome them with an award nomination?
* (You're welcome to nominate newbies from late 2005 that didn't make it into last year's awards!)
Veteran of the Year
~~ An established member of the community who's practically part of the furniture! Here's your chance to let someone know that the place just wouldn't be the same without them.
Website of the Year
~~ Your favourite U2-related website, whether official or unofficial.
LJ Community of the Year
~~ Best U2-related community on LiveJournal. A selection of them can be found in our links list on the left-hand side!
Concept of the Year
~~ A very open category, this can be anything that's captured your imagination within the U2 universe this year, from significant events and band-related projects to more abstract ideas.
Enormous Thread of the Year
~~ Any post in this community that provoked a huge response, whether positive or negative!
Best Looking U2 Member in 2006
~~ One of last year's suggested extra categories. Quite simply, which member of the band had the best look this year?
Quote of the Year (LJ members)
~~ A quote uttered by a member of this community that was especially profound or hilarious. Feel free to paraphrase if you can't track down the post or comment in question!
Quote of the Year (the band)
~~ A classic quote uttered by a member of U2 this year.
Community Feature of the Year
~~ Any aspect of the u2 community that you've enjoyed, be it a particular discussion/voting feature or something more general!
Most Comical Poster
~~ A member of the community who's really made you laugh this year!
Expert of the Year
~~ A member of the community who's displayed a particularly impressive knowledge of anything U2-related.
~~ Your favourite U2-related LJ icon, whether it's the creative skill or the content that appeals to you. It doesn't have to be an icon that was created this year, but to encourage new suggestions I'm going to exclude anything that was nominated for last year's awards. If you can't actually find the icon you've got in mind, just try to describe it as best you can!
Best U2 Icon-Maker
~~ Another of last year's additional categories makes a return, asking which LJ member is your favourite creator of U2-related userpics.
~~ U2 community member with the best username (not necessarily U2-related).
Band Member of the Year
~~ The member of U2 that you feel deserves a special award this year for whatever reason.
Live Song of the Year
~~ Any song that's been performed live by U2 this year (either on the tour or elsewhere) which has blown you away in its latest incarnation.
Performance of the Year
~~ A *specific* performance of a song this year that sticks in your memory.
Concert of the Year
~~ Your favourite U2 show of 2006. Doesn't have to be one you actually attended - maybe you just liked the setlist or something cool that happened!
Fashion Disaster of the Year
~~ A hugely popular additional category from last year, inviting suggestions for the worst crime against fashion committed by a member of U2 in 2006!
Post of the Year
~~ A post in this community that was memorably brilliant, moving or funny. It's helpful if you can find the URL, but don't worry if you can't!
Discussion of the Year
~~ A debate or comment thread in this community that you found enjoyable or thought-provoking.
Poster of the Year
~~ The overall most popular member of the community, who in some way has helped to make u2 an enjoyable place to be this year.
Extra Category Suggestions?
~~ If you've got an idea for an award that isn't already listed, be it serious or silly, leave a comment and the best ones will be included as an open vote!
To keep your nominations as confidential as possible, please go HERE to submit them. All comments will be screened, so don't be shy about voicing your thoughts! I'll be accepting nominations for a couple of weeks and I'll post a reminder in a little while. Remember, this is NOT the final vote, and at this stage I want as many suggestions as you can come up with! :)