The 2011 Figgies!

February 14th, 2011

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 2010.

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.

This year we’re very excited to announce a new Figgie for Best Tour/Festival.  This Figgie Award was suggested by javdoc and we thought it was such a good idea we have included it in the 2011 Figgies ballot.

Our crack Figment editorial team have selected the fake bands, albums, singles, tag lines and tours of 2010 we thought deserved to be nominees, but we’ve also given you the opportunity to write-in a nominee.

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 any Figgie Awards for Album or Single only apply to those releases created in 2010, so if you write-in an album or single that wasn’t they will be disqualified.  As for the brand new tour Figgie, we will only recognize those tours that actually took place in 2010.  If you created a tour in 2010 that doesn’t begin until 2011 then it will not be considered for this award this year.

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, band news, marketing/promotion, collaborations with other players bands, and fan base development.  In short, we’re looking for you to cast a vote for the fake band that is 2010’s best and most complete fake band.  Last year’s winner was Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls.

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.  Chronicles by Suicide By Papercut 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 Zandergiff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls is a perfect example.

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 2010 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 “Double Bacon Hateburger” by Fistful of Firearms.

Best Tour/Festival – This is the first year for this award, so we ask that you give it some real thought before casting your vote.  Clearly we’re looking for the best tour or festival, but there are a lot of factors that go into what makes a fake tour or festival seem real.  Obviously the name of the tour is the first thing that grabs your attention, but we’re looking for more than that.  We want you to consider the concept behind the tour or festival.  How original of an idea was it?  Do the bands involved fit with the overall concept, and how involved were they in the tour or festival?  How was the artwork for the tour?  Did the creator publish news, use the shout box or other online media (i.e. Twitter) to promote the tour before, during and after?  How well did they merchandise the tour?  All of these things should be factored in when you cast your vote for this Figgie.  Again, if you write in a nominee please keep in mind that the tour/festival you nominate had to have taken place in 2010, and not just created in 2010.

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 2010.  “Seizure Salad” by Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls took last year’s prize!

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 14, 2011, so make sure you get your votes in before the end of the day on March 14th.  The winners will be announced here on the Figment News blog on Friday, March 18, 2011 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!

5 Responses to “The 2011 Figgies!”

  1. Javdoc Says:

    Wow, this is going to be tough…..

  2. algoreyou Says:

    Yes! The Figgie’s are here!

    Oh, and Happy 3rd Birthday Figment! May there be many more to come.

  3. FuriousGrace Says:

    Happy Birthday Figment!

    The nominees are all worthy, I agree with javdoc it is going to be tough!

  4. TMTYTF Says:

    I’m so glad Figment has been around for three years now. We have a history now, it seems. Anyway, I have already checked out my ballot, but have not cast it yet. This year, Stonekrank is proud and honored to say that they were nominated for three categories including Best Developed Band, Best Single, and Album of the Year. In addition, Gravestompers have been nominated for Album Cover of the Year. Also, The Sparks of Summer Tour 2010 has earned a slot in the newest category for Best Tour/Festival. If you don’t remember, this tour included Stonekrank, Firecharged!, The Forgotten Falling, Death Face, Fitchburg Subdivision, and The Angel’s Sin.

    Good luck to everybody and may the best bands win!!!

  5. theHoseman Says:

    Man…Figment made it through the terrible twos! I guess it’s a toddler now.
    Happy Birthday…er Anniversary?…!!

    Looks like some great nominations on the ballot.

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