The inaugural Summer in the City award ceremony happened on Sunday on the event’s main stage.
The first award was the Breakthrough Award, featuring a shortlist of Adrian Bliss, Daniel J. Layton, Jake Mitchell, Jana Dam, Mark Ferris, and Connie Glynn (Noodlerella). The winner was Adrian Bliss, who upon collecting his award from Tom Burns said: “I’m not too sure what else to say other than thank you, it’s really cool. I really appreciate it. It’s great to finally break through. I’m looking forward to all the AdSense money. Thank you!”
Next up was Vlogger of the Year. Nathan Zed won from a shortlist completed by Dodie Clark, Evan Edinger, Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton, Saffron Barker, and Louise Pentland. Upon receiving the award he said: “Thank you so much. I love you guys. This is the first time in this city, this country, so this is my very first thing to get. For real, I appreciate it. I’ll try to upload more.”
Daniel J. Layton took over the presenting duties for the next award, which was YouTuber Series of the Year. The shortlist consisted of Hannah Witton‘s Drunk Advice, Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs‘s Jack and Dean of All Trades, Rose and Rosie’s Let’s play games, Hazel Hayes‘s Time of the Month, Niki and Sammy’s Twins Carpool, Adrian Bliss’s Vlune. Jack and Dean were the winners. Collecting their award with co-creator Paul Neafcy they said: “Wow, okay. This has just been sprung on us, I had no idea we’d win this at all. Thank you very much for this. If you haven’t seen Jack and Dean of All Trades you can go and get Fullscreen and go watch it. Thank you very much, here’s to the future, yay.”
The YouTuber Book of the Year came next, featuring a shortlist of Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Tanya Bakes by Tanya Burr, graffiti by Savannah Brown, Binge by Tyler Oakley, The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. Dan and Phil, who did not attend SitC this year due to overseas touring obligations, were the winners. However they had recorded a special video from Australia, in which they said: “We just found out that we have won the Book of the Year award. Thanks for everyone that voted, we hope you enjoyed the book, and we are very happy.”
Bertie Gilbert was the next winner, picking up the Short Year of the Film Award for Let It Be. Friend Like Me by Sammy Paul, Hair and Brimstone by PJ Ligouri, It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson, RUBIX by Ewan McIntosh, and Septem by Hazel Hayes and Sammy Paul were also on the shortlist. On collecting his award, Bertie said: “Thank you very much. Very kind of you. It’s alright. Yeah, thank you very much. Thank you mum, and no-one else.”
Evan Edinger then took to the stage in recognition of his victory in the Super Smash Bros. tournament, which took place on the Saturday of SitC.
Next up was the Community Spirit Award. The shortlist consisted of Carrie Hope Fletcher, Dodie Clark, Grace Victory, Rose and Rosie, Suli Breaks, and Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell. TomSka picked up the award, and said: “I want to say thank you to everyone who comes to these things, who come to meet me even though the queue is always about an hour long and goes very slowly because I’m a very slow person. I was against some pretty incredible competition like Carrie and Dodie and everyone else, so thanks very much. I’m going to put this on my shelf.”
Finally: YouTuber Song of the Year. First came a special mention for runner-up Emma Blackery with Sucks To Be You, because of the extremely close nature of the race. She was invited on stage, saying: ‘Thank you. It means a lot.”
The award was won by Dodie Clark with Sick of Losing Soulmates. The full shortlist was completed by Bry with Don’t Go Alone, Bethan Mary Leadley for Fall For You, Jon Cozart with YouTube Culture Song, and Tessa Violet with Not Over You. Collecting the award she said: “Oh my gosh! This is so funny, I feel like I’m pretending. I don’t know what to say. Thank you very much, thank you for listening and voting. This is really heavy. Also congrats to everyone else who was nominated, holy wow, I have some talented, talented friends.”
To end, all the winners took to the stage together.
Photos by Jon Barker.
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