The second ever Summer in the City Awards took place on the Main Stage on the final evening of the 2017 event.
Tom Burns hosted the ceremony, which celebrates the different types of content that YouTube has to offer.
The first award was Book of the Year, which was presented by Liam Dryden. Hannah Witton won with her book Doing It, from a shortlist of All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher, Dan and Phil Go Outside by Daniel Howell and Phil Lester, Generation Next: The Takeover by Oli White, and Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland. “This is amazing!” Hannah said. “Thank you all so much, this means so much to me – go and buy it if you haven’t already!”
Series of the Year came next, presented by Laura Bubble. Tom Ridgewell won with Last Week, from a shortlist of Daniel J. Layton‘s Baking with Layton, Rosie Spaughton‘s Bisexy Series, Hannah Witton’s The Hormone Diaries, and Jack and Dean of All Trades by Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs. In his speech, Tom said: “I really thought I’d lose this award! Thank you! Now I’m really sad because Elliot [Gough] isn’t here and I can’t really accept this. Last Week is a collaborative effort with me and my editor and this one is for him. Thank you!”
Film of the Year was presented by Luke Cutforth. Bertie Gilbert won with My Sister from a shortlist of Comfort Food by Sam Saffold-Geri, Hot Mess by Hazel Hayes, Perception by Mikey Murphy, and Playground by Sammy Paul. Bertie came on stage with his sister, Gene, who held the award for him. “Thank you so much!” said Bertie. “I just wanted to make a little thing about my sister because I was so proud of her. Thank you so much, it means a lot to us.”
Next up was the Artisan Award, which was presented by Dodie Clark. Jamie Jo won, from a shortlist of Anna Brisbin, PJ Liguori, SORTEDfood, and Matt Adlard (the Topless Baker). Jamie Jo teared up and was unable to make a speech, which led to the audience cheering her on even more loudly.
The Fashion and Beauty Award came next, presented by Bethan Leadley. Saffron Barker won, from a shortlist of Anastasia Kingsnorth, Jasmine Clough, Leyla Rose, and Lewys Ball. In her speech, Saffron said: “Thank you so much! I did not expect this at all and I hope you all had an amazing weekend!”
The Community Spirit Award was presented by Daniel J. Layton. Em Ford won, from a shortlist of Dodie Clark, Kingsley, Scola Dondo, and Saffron Barker. Em wasn’t there to collect her award, so Daniel said: “Congratulations to Em, she did an amazing job raising money for Grenfell. I’ll either pass the award on or I’ll keep it.”
The Breakthrough Award was next, presented by Tom Burns. Dodie Clark won the award. “Thanks friends!” she said. Looking at the award, she read out, “It says ‘breakthrough’, ‘one million subs’, it says ‘Vevo’, and I sold out some shows and all that jazz. Thank you so much!”
The Vlogger Award was presented by Dean Dobbs. Rose Dix and Rosie Spaughton won, from a shortlist of Alex Wassabi, Daniel J. Layton, Emma Blackery, Millie T, and Saffron Barker. “Wow guys, this is our first ever Summer in the City Award!” Rose said. “Thanks so much for voting, it means so much to us, always does!” Rosie added: “Thank you to YouTube for giving us a platform to vlog our everyday lives. And thank you!”
The last award was Song of the Year, which was presented by Tom Burns. Emma Blackery won with Nothing Without You, from a shortlist of 6/10 by Dodie Clark, Call Me Out by Sarah Close, Grenade by GOAT (Jack and Conor Maynard), and Words Ain’t Enough by Tessa Violet. After tearing up, Emma said, “That’s embarrassing! Thank you, I really didn’t expect that. That’s why I’m so shocked. Thank you so much!”
All of the winners came on stage together for a photo, and the musical performances of the night began.
Photos by Anna Holling.
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