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Mr Beast, NICKMERCS & more nominated for 2020 Shorty Awards

Published: 22/Jan/2020 0:33

by Virginia Glaze


The 2020 Shorty Awards are on the horizon, bringing with them a slew of high-profile nominees from all corners of the internet, including stars like Mr Beast, Jeffree Star, NICKMERCS and more.

The Shorty Awards recognizes the biggest personalities in the online entertainment space, focusing on social media outlets like Twitch, YouTube, TikTok and more.

As such, the Awards attract quite a bit of attention, and this year is no different.

The Shorty Awards
Nominations for the 2020 Shorty Awards have officially opened, featuring a ton of top-tier talent.

With categories like Twitch Streamer and YouTuber of the Year, YouTube Comedian of the Year, Best Breakout YouTuber and more, the Shortys have already stirred up ample conversation among fans and creators alike.

YouTuber of the Year

While the 2019 Streamy Awards saw Tana Mongeau emerge the winner, the MTV starlet is not listed on the Shorty Awards’ list of top YouTube talent, instead recognizing creators like Eugenia Cooney, Jeffree Star, Nikki Tutorials, and Mr Beast.

Known for the concern that spurred online in reaction to her 2019 cosplay video, Eugenia Cooney has since made a major comeback to social media, returning from a hiatus with a documentary from Shane Dawson detailing her struggle with mental health.

Nikki Tutorials also tops the Shorty’s list of stars, having recently come out as a transgender woman, shocking YouTube’s beauty community after being blackmailed by anonymous parties.

Of course, it comes as no surprise that Mr Beast made the lineup, having also been nominated for the Streamys last year. Although names like Jake Paul chose him as his personal favorite, it looks like he’s also a strong contender to take this year’s Shortys, as even Jeffree Star threw a vote his way.

Mr Beast, Instagram
Mr Beast’s viral “Team Trees” movement saw over 20 million trees planted before 2020.

Twitch Streamer of the Year

Among social media sites dominating the web, Twitch takes the cake, featuring a slew of top-tier talent that have brought some unforgettable moments to the platform.

Gaming pro and partnered streamer Annemunition stands at the top of the category’s nominees, known for calling out toxicity in the video game community.

AnneMunition, Instagram
Twitch partner and pro gamer AnneMunition is a strong contender to take the 2020 Streamy Awards for Twitch Streamer of the Year.

OfflineTV’s LilyPichu likewise stands as a massive name on the list, as both a League of Legends player and musical broadcaster. Having recently parted ways with boyfriend Sleightlymusical, Pichu’s inclusion in the category marks a major bright spot after a highly publicized breakup.

Fortnite stars NICKMERCS and Dakotaz also made the cut, touted for their hilarious interactions with other top players in the battle royale game — not counting the fact that Dakotaz has also opted for more facecam in his future streams.

NICKMERCS, Instagram
Twitch star NICKMERCS is a likely candidate for the 2020 Shorty Awards’ Twitch Streamer of the Year, thanks to his hugely-popular Fortnite broadcasts.

How to vote for 2020 Shorty Awards

Fans can vote for their favorite content creators on the Shorty Awards’ website, via the “Categories” tab. However, there are a myriad of categories listed in the menu, so be prepared to take your time if you plan on contributing to each one.

Fans can vote on each nominee one time per day, every day until the cutoff date of February 20, 2020.

The Shorty Awards
Voting for the Shorty Awards ends on February 21, 2020.

The Shorty Awards ceremony will take place later this year, although a date has yet to be announced for the event at the time of writing.

With so many major content creators in the running, there’s no telling how the Awards will pan out. Who do you want to take YouTuber and Twitch streamer of the year?


Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton


Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”