If I were running for President, now would be the time to be ramping up for re-election, but thankfully for you (and me) this is just the fourth time we have gathered at the end of the year for this now-annual event, The Dedor Awards. I wish I could say they have some cache, but they are more for me to reflect on the culture of the year. In a few weeks I will post about my personal review of my own year, but for now, sit back and enjoy the year the was: 2011
Book of the Year (that I read):
Past Winners: The Agony and the Ecstasy (by Irving Stone), Riding with the Blue Moth (by Bill Hancock), Orbiting the Giant Hairball (by Gordon MacKenzie)
2011 Nominees: The Kennedy Detail (by Gerald Blaine), Tweak (by Nic Sheff) and Read This Before Our Next Meeting (by Al Pittampalli)
First let me start by saying that I read 16 books this year! For me, that is quite a bit, but I could not be more proud of the reading I did. I can also say that I can’t wait for next year’s reading! And because I read those 16 books – of varying genres – so this year it was exceptionally tough to pick a winner. But in the end, Mr. Sheff gets the nod. Why? For starters I had wanted to read his book for a few years (ever since I read Beautiful Boy by his dad) and because of what I learned. Addition is a cruel disease. I do not wish it on anyone. But the book reads like a journal – whole parts are missing – and littered with raw emotions. It is seriously worth a read.
Best Sports Moment:
Past Winners: Kim Clijsters wins the US Open, Matthew Mitcham wins Gold, 2010 Men’s World Cup Drama
2011 Nominees: St. Louis Cardinals historic run to the World Series title, Novak Djokovic won’t lose, Penn State Scandal
Two positives and a super-duper-negative … if I were a reporter, the accomplishments of the Cardinals and Sir Djokovic would be extremely easy to overlook. The Penn State scandal will undoubtedly be a huge story in 2012 as well and it would be easy pick, but anyone who is a sports fan knows which story held the longest: Novak Djokovic. At one point he had 43 straight match wins. For those keeping count, he did not lose a match until the French Open in May. May! And if you’re counting titles, he won five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles and three of the four Grand Slams. Simply incredible and there is no other person who deserves this honor than him. I was actually lucky enough to see him play in person in Arthur Ashe Stadium during his run to the 2011 US Open title.
Artist of the Year:
Past Winners: Nathanael Porembka, Coldplay (Viva la Vida), Owl City
2011 Nominees: Owl City (All Things Bright and Beautiful), Switchfoot (Vice Verses) and Justin Bieber
Yes, you read the nominees correctly. Owl City is more techno/electronic. Switchfoot is (harder) rock. And Bieber is … well … Bieber. But I got hooked on his Drummer Boy song this past Christmas so I had to put him on the list. Of all the years I have been doing this yearly award thingy, this year is the toughest to pick the Artist of the Year. It came down to Owl City and Switchfoot, but I have to go with the music that speaks to me. And I have never found a band that does that like Switchfoot. Their songs Where I Belong, The War Inside and Afterlife have hit close to home. Just take a read: Until I die I’ll sing these songs, On the shores of Babylon, Still looking for a home, In a world where I belong. Those words just hit me like a Mack Truck and are an easy choice for their first Artist of the Year award.
Photo of the Year (new):
I did it! I ran the NYC Half-Marathon!
Person of the Year:
Past Winners: Switchfoot, Barack Obama, You
This is arguably the toughest one to pick. But I’m going to go with an artist that is usually in the news for the weirdness that she brings to her craft. But this was the year I was finally “Gaga-ed” I am actually currently listening to Lady Gaga while I write this post and that should be no surprise. Her music speaks to me. The words and the emotion behind it say something. We are all unique. But we are all also beautiful. You don’t have to like her antics, but her music is all about inclusion and live an out and proud life, no matter what your life is. And that is a lesson that is something we can all take something from.
Congratulations to all of those who made 2010 the memorable year it was. So there you have it. I wish I could say more about how amazing this year has been – but I’ll let you decide – and share your thoughts. Who would win awards if you were in charge?
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