While awards season may have slowed down since the Emmys, one of the newest and most exciting shows actually takes place tonight. October 22 marks the eighth annual Streamy Awards, a night dedicated to honoring online video and content creators. Put simply, it's the night your favorite YouTubers finally get their due.
As far as 2018 is concerned, YouTube has a lot to celebrate. Some of the biggest pop culture moments of this year went down online — TanaCon, anyone? — and now's our chance to look back and celebrate. Speaking of TanaCon, the documentary about the whole kerfuffle and/or its creator, Shane Dawson, are up for four total awards this year. The documentary, whose three parts netted over 45 million views, already nabbed Best Editing, and we'll find out tonight if it also scored Best Documentary. Dawson is also up for Creator of the Year, as well as Best Collaboration.
Another familiar name scattered across the nominations is Liza Koshy, who made headlines earlier in 2018 after her break-up video with David Dobrik (another frequent nominee). She's also in the running for Creator of the Year, and has several nods for her new show, Liza On Demand.
It's easy to see how the Streamys stands out from other award shows after a quick glance at the nominees. They removed gender distinction from categories, and diversity dominates. Women make up the majority of nominees for the Comedy category (Hannah Stocking, Jenna Marbles, and Lilly Singh), and creators of color like Koshy, Singh, and Safiya Nygaard are staples in this year's ceremony.
With eight years of work behind them, the Streamy Awards are legitimizing the world of YouTube as it inches closer and closer to mainstream entertainment. If you spent this year watching the Logan Paul suicide forest drama in horror, or listening to Poppy's new music, or refreshing Shane Dawson's YouTube page every day in hopes of a new part of his now-famous documentaries, then these are the awards you need to be watching.