by Carol Hagey
***This is the continuation about attending the NewNowNext Awards. Get a cup of coffee or tea because this one is bound to go long! And please forgive me if it reads a little self-serving. Lila and I have never been in a situation like this before, it probably won’t happen again, and it was the time of our lives!
Lila, Fernando and I were absolutely thrilled to learn of our nomination for NewNowNext 2012 Superfan Site Award, on February 27, 2012. My girlfriend Ellen (from the Chicago gang) called me the morning nominations were announced to congratulate us and make sure we knew. Huh? What are you talking about? I didn’t know anything about it! I called Lila immediately and she didn’t quite believe it either. We found the tweet Ellen had learned this from and sure enough, there was our website on the nominee list. ?
Two huge questions came to mind. First, of all the celebrities, why did they pick an Adam Lambert fansite? And second, of all the Adam Lambert fansites (and there are a lot of great ones!) why ours? What was NewNowNext’s criterion for placing nominees on the list? Now mind you, I have no confirmation on any of the information I’m going to talk about. These are Lila’s and my opinions. The answer to the first question was pretty easy. They chose an Adam Lambert site because #1 – he’s a fabulous member of the community, and #2 – well, he’s going to be performing on the show that night. Remember last year, when Host James Van Der Beek’s website was nominated for the #ZOMG Internet Award? He ended up tying with Carrie Fisher. (Just what does it take for a vote to tie?) Back to my point – why us? Honestly, we have no idea. We didn’t submit for this, we didn’t know anything about – the only thing we can come up with is we have been reporting on Adam since February 2009. We were one of the very first, if not the first fansite devoted to Adam Lambert. We also feel since we have the benefit of living just south of Los Angeles, Lila and I are able to attend many of Adam’s events. I have chosen to write about these events in a more personal way, hoping readers feel like they were there.
So now we’ve accepted that we’re nominated and we’ve learned the voting procedure (Twitter, Facebook and online), and from another nominee’s fan site, we found out the voting deadline. (Where did they learn THAT from??) We were puzzled that we hadn’t been contacted by NNN to tell us of the nomination. Weren’t they going to notify us with the details about voting, and to attend the ceremony? I’m sure everyone thought Logo/NNN would contact us, right? Maybe even a letter on nice stationery? Think back to the Grammys 2 years ago. We all remember Adam saying he was woken by an early-morning call from his management telling him of his nomination. Well, we don’t have “management” so I guess Ellen’s phone call will substitute very nicely for this! It took almost a week before all of the sites had posted anything about their nomination. From the first day, we began writing, tweeting, and driving everybody crazy with requests to vote for us. Honestly, Lila and I didn’t think we stood a chance of winning because of the millions of Lady Gaga followers/fans/Little Monsters that would be out in force for her.
Since we still hadn’t heard from NNN/Logo, we needed to find out how we could attend. When it was announced that Adam was performing on the show, Lila and I both applied for audience tickets. Funny, for any other TV taping (Leno, The Talk, Tonight Show, etc.) we’ve never had to submit a picture and we thought this requirement was a bit peculiar, but we complied. We were confirmed immediately, telling us we were on the “wait list.” Well, now we were nominees, we’ve got to be given tickets, right? We’re not trying to sound too full of ourselves, but tickets, schmickets. How could we NOT be invited?
A week goes by, and we still no official word from NNN/Logo. We started contacting anyone we could think of who could be connected to the show – LOGO network, Avalon Theater, anyone. We found names on their websites and tried making contact through Linked In. This didn’t get us anywhere. We needed to get more resourceful. Through an article about the NNN Awards in the Wall Street Journal, I found names of network and production officials who were working on the Awards. Lila and I started contacting them via Linked In and telephone. One call I made to the east coast finally got us somewhere. An administrative worker said she’d give my contact information to the person in charge of tickets. We were so excited to finally get a break!
After a week with no word, I called back and reached the same person. She was surprised we hadn’t heard back yet. She gave me the person’s name and email address, telling me she’d make sure she got another message. Not having much in the way of patience at this point, I emailed the person and immediately heard back from her. I was thrilled to learn from her email signature that she was the President of Drive Entertainment, a group that was handling at least some aspects of the show. Luckily, tickets happened to fall into this category. After some back and forth emails, she finally felt I was authentic on the site, and we had a confirmation for two tickets. She told me they allot two tickets for each of the nominees. (I tried to get a third for Fernando, but was unable to score.) So if they had two tickets for each of the nominees, when were they planning on getting in touch with us, and how?! By leaving a comment on an article? We wondered if any of the other nominees would be there, and if they had been contacted? Some of the other sites didn’t have Contact Me info, and at least one wasn’t even in the United States, for that matter. If nominees had to come from Europe, they needed notice to make arrangements. We then started wondering if they would only invite the winner? With voting continuing through April 2 and the show being filmed April 5, that sure didn’t allow much time to make plans. Well, we couldn’t worry about that. All we knew was that we had succeeded and we were going to the show. This was a major accomplishment, in our eyes!
Stay tuned for more!
~ Carol ~