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Mr Beast, NICKMERCS & more nominated for 2020 Shorty Awards

Published: 22/Jan/2020 0:33

by Virginia Glaze

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Vinnie Hacker lashes out at “manipulative” fans after TikTok fame

Published: 22/Jan/2021 7:20

by Andrew Amos

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Vinnie Hacker has spoken out about the problems of TikTok stardom, saying some of his fans are “manipulative” and “controlling.” He echoed the sentiment that nobody is perfect, and that people should “live life and learn from it.”

The role models and idols of today appear almost out of nowhere thanks to social media. The medium also leads to a host of those celebrities being quite young.

One of them is Vinnie Hacker. The TikToker has over 5.7 million fans on the platform, as well as 2 million on Instagram. However, life in the limelight has come with its own set of problems. Hacker feels like he’s been forced to live to unreasonable standards put by his fans.

“Why do some people want to control my life. Telling me who I can and can’t talk to. Saying that you’ll only allow me to be with “this person.” Grow up. Don’t be manipulative,” he said in a TikTok.

“You preach against manipulation and then go on and make sure that they live a life that’s satisfying to you and not them. One mistake and a person’s career is over in this area of work.”

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“In the eyes of the internet, people are subjected to be role models. And people say to not set unnecessary standards for others, but wouldn’t you think a life without mistakes and growth and perfection is more of a high standard than learning and growing?”

He also said that once you get thrown into the social media machine, you can’t really pull yourself out. Ultimately, these stars live and die by their fans’ judgment.

“Once it gets past that breaking point to where someone becomes relevant, the assumptions come and get dragged along with them. Privacy is invaded and people try to tell them how to live their lives. You end up not being your own person, but the internet’s person.”

These comments come as Hacker takes a break from Twitch streaming to focus on his personal life.

“Taking a break from streaming for quite a while. I don’t really feel to explain. A lot of personal stuff, on top of the unfortunate stuff that happens whilst streaming. Something always goes wrong. I might begin again, I might not,” he said.