The 2010 Figgies!

February 15th, 2010

It’s that time of year again!  The time when you get to award those fake bands on Figment you think deserve to be recognized for their achievements in 2009.

The Figment Awards, or “Figgie’s” as we like to call them, are awards that are handed out once a year to those Figment bands and albums that garner the most votes from the Figment community.  They recognize excellence in fake band creation and design, and since they are voted on by the community represent those bands that have truly resonated with their peers on Figment.

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands and albums of 2009 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’re going one step further this year and giving you the opportunity to write-in a nominee if you think that band/album deserves it.

While clearly these awards are all in good fun, we ask that you try to be as fair and impartial as possible when casting your votes.  Try to vote for the band or album that you think best deserves the award.  If you honestly think your band or album deserves your vote that’s fine, but keep in mind that everyone else might not feel the same.

Also keep in mind that these awards are only open to bands/albums created in 2009, so if you write-in a band or album that wasn’t they will be disqualified, except in those awards like “Album of the Year” or “Album Cover of the Year” where only the album, not the band, is required to have been created in 2009.

As we did last year, you’ll be asked to cast a vote on the following award categories:

Best Developed Band – this award recognizes the fake band that was the most complete in every facet of the game – band back story (description), artwork, album cover design, song titles, marketing/promotion and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2009’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Fait Accompli.

Album Cover of the Year – this award recognizes the best album cover design of the year.  We’re looking for you to vote for the cover that not only has the best design and visual impact, but also best communicates the album’s genre and content.  Abbey Fold by The Bleatles was last year’s winner.

Best Tagline – this award recognizes the fake band with the best tagline.  Promotion is important in the music business, and with so many bands trying to capture people’s attention you have to find a way to cut through the clutter to get a fan’s attention.  We’re looking for you to cast a vote for the band that not only best summed up their band’s aesthetic in one line, but also created a memorable slogan that grabs your attention.  Last year’s winner Pushmower is a perfect example.

Album of the Year – this award recognizes the album that is the best of the best.  We’re looking for you to take into account the cover design, the album description and the song titles when casting your vote.  In short, which album do you think was the best of 2009.  “Havin’ Fun with Pastor of Muppets” by Pastor of Muppets took last year’s prize!

Best Band Name – this award recognizes the Figment fake band with the best name.  A name that captures not only your attention, but also a bit of the band’s aesthetic, while also being clever and original.   To give you an idea of what we’re talking about – here’s last year’s winner!

Best Single – this award recognizes the best song title!  We know a lot of you are releasing singles these days, but we’re not looking for you to cast your vote on album covers, but instead simply on how great of a song title it is and whether or not it made you want to buy the album .  Yeah, we’ve included quite a few funny ones in the nominees we put forward, but we’re also looking for a song title that resonated with you, so if you have a favorite that appeared on a 2009 album that isn’t funny please write it in – and remember to include the group that created it!  Last year’s winner was the single ““Riding Expeditiously in My Profligate Vehicle”.

So those are the awards we’ll be asking you to vote on this year.  We hope you’ll take a moment to check out all of the bands nominated before filling out your ballot.  The last day to submit your ballot is March 15, 2009, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on March 15th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 19, 2010 and each of the winners will receive an icon for their winning band/album page as well as 250 pieces of lucre.

Check your email because we’re sending out the invite that will link you to the ballot later today.  We’re looking forward to seeing who you vote for!

8 Responses to “The 2010 Figgies!”

  1. frizbee Says:

    Alright! I’ve been waiting for the next Figgie’s ever since I first joined the site. I had just missed them by the time I discovered Figment, so I’m very excited to take part in them this year!

  2. TMTYTF Says:

    Yeah, this is my first time being a part of them too! after I joined figment in August of 2008, I went on hiatus for almost a year and I’m not really sure why. I am, however, super stoked that Stonekrank was nominated for album of the year for “Smokin'” although there are a lot of other great nominees


  3. ChildofAlma Says:

    This is also my first time, and I’m stoked that This is Sayonara was nominated for album of the year. The competition is fierce though. There were so many great albums and bands this year that there’s practically no clear starting point.

    Good luck everyone,

    Child of Alma

  4. RevSpike Says:

    Itd be real nice to see the ballot posted here! 😀 Espesh when tryna tell peepz my fake album was nominated n stuff, makes it so i can show them. (itd be super sweet to see all the accompanying graphics, too.)

  5. john Says:

    how do you vote

  6. eric Says:

    RevSpike – we haven’t published the ballot because the voting is only open to registered Figment users. I might consider putting it up as an image though – so thanks for that suggestion. As for the graphics, unfortunately my email service does not allow you to add images to a survey (which is what the Figgies ballot is considered by them). Sorry, I tried believe me.

    John – you were sent an email w/ a link to the ballot back on Feb. 15. I would check your email account – it may have been filtered out as spam?. We may send out another ballot invite soon, so if you don’t find it let customer service know (you can send them an email by clicking on the feedback link that is located at the bottom of every page on Figment) and we’ll see if we can’t get another invite to you.

  7. Brandon Carlson Says:

    I’m amazed my band (Fistful of Firearms) was nominated for not only one, but TWO Figgies! This is my first time being a part of these awards, so I’m super amazed.

    Check out FoF’s debut album (The Sandwich EP was technically the first, but this is the first FULL album…) Peace Through Superior Firepower – just click my name on this post. Please vote – even if it’s not for FoF!

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