It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…
Below are the winners that YOU chose as recipients of the Archie Award for 2009! Many thanks to all of you for voting. Participation was tremendous! As you know, it was mighty difficult to choose a winner for many categories – and a number of them were virtual ties. However, as great as many of the nominees were, only one can win the prestigious Archie Award. Still, not wanting to leave out some great nominees, we have included Honorable Mentions for the 2nd-place winners of every category. (See the full list of nominations here.)
So here’s the list! (Many of the winners have links.) Have fun!
Best Video Blog
This category, like so many of the others, was a hard choice. There were just too many ways in which David charmed us through his video blogs, and reminded us how important it is to him to maintain a relationship with his fans.
But when that sound of a piano crashing to the floor clanged through our speakers, the smiles that were already frozen on our faces burst out into laughter. What better, more memorable introduction could have been made for David’s awesome tour buddy, Benton Paul?
It was a wonderfully Archudorkable moment that capped off of a video blog that was chock full of awesomeage.
This was the blog that brought David out of Archuhiding when his cheeks were swollen from his wisdom teeth removal. This was the blog in which David said he didn’t appear because it would “make myself look like an idiot.” This was also where David used both words and body to exclaim his love for the PX90 exercise program. This was the blog in which David announced the release of Christmas from the Heart (“pretty crazy exciting with that!”) and oh-so-nervously said “I hope you guys enjoy it!!”
No surprise then, that it won your vote for Best Video Blog of 2009.
Honorable Mention: Mirror Mirror on the Wall
In second place was David’s legendary speech to a wicked witch. How many of you noticed the elegant mirror behind David’s head, before he pointed out? David is nothing if not observant of the weirdness and irony of things. Nothing beats the randomness of, while delivering business news of the Fan Pack premiering on iTunes and his charity performance for at-risk children, David staring at us saying from “You’re the fairest of them all.” And David doesn’t mind uploading his spontaneous randomness!
Lesser known, but no less awesome, is his awkward, embarrassed sendoff at the end, where he thanks us for supporting Zero Gravity and… (not knowing what to say)… “for everything else too!” He apologizes: “Uhh, I’m tired, I’m sorry!”
Hawtest David Picture
For many fans, this was the photo that reminded them that David was no longer a boy. Flat abs, shoulder and arm muscles showing, that tiny little smile, and a look in his eye that says, well, I’m not going to say what it says. I’m sure it speaks to each of us in a different way 😉 But it surely is HAWT!
Honorable Mention: David’s Intensity
When David is on stage, completely immersed in his music, his performance, sometimes the only word to describe him is “Intense.” He was feeling the music and this shot by gengen captures the moment perfectly. Oh, yeah, HAWT!
Cutest David Picture
Totoro was introduced to David’s fans when he twit-pic’ed this photo during a particularly frequent tweet day. If Rio Tinto reminded us that David was no longer a boy, this one spoke in complete opposition and gave us a glimpse into the youthfulness that David still embraces. Thankfully we have this photo of a “healthy” Totoro given his recent demise.
Honorable Mention: David’s chipmunk cheek, dimpled, cat-that-ate-the-canary, sweetheart grin
Who hasn’t said, “David always looks so happy” including interviewers and DJ’s? This photo is the quintessential happy David. What more needs to be said?
Most Archudorkable Moment
Hearing himself sing “I’m Yours”
“AHH!” David was not kidding when he said he hates hearing himself, was he? Remember his interview right after the AI finale, in which David covered his ears while old AI clips were being played back to him?
Well, apparently the radio DJs didn’t, because when they played David’s voice back to him he ripped the headphones off his head, screamed, and nearly fell out of his chair. (Or maybe they did know he would hate it? Hmm…!)
Of course, David’s singing of “I’m Yours” was stellar. And why oh why, would he have such a hard time hearing a voice that we, his fans, can’t stop hearing enough?
But that’s part of what makes him so Archudorkable, isn’t it? Hence your winner for Most Archudorkable Moment of 2009.
Honorable Mention: target=”_blank”>”It’s kinda awkward I guess”
What does David do when he is a bit embarrassed? Well, say exactly what he thinks! Rick Springfield grabs him and hugs him—wouldn’t you, from a reaction that is self-effacing, good-spirited, honest, and hilarious all rolled up into one? That is Archudorkableness defined, ladies and gentleman. No wonder you thought this was David’s second-most Archudorkable Moment of 2009.
Best TV Appearance
Singing “Contigo en la Distancia” at the 2009 ALMA Awards
Was there ever a doubt as to which TV Appearance would win? Winning by a landslide (it garnered 77% of your votes), this commanding performance brought the fan community to its knees and the audience at the ALMA awards to its feet. For over a month after the video hit youtube, fans were lost in a vortex of CELD. This perfect selection for the ALMA awards displayed David’s innate ability to express the pure emotion of a song. With both tender and empowered phrasing of the words that many of us didn’t even understand, David held our hearts captive with his voice.
Honorable Mention: target=”_blank”>Appearance on Hannah Montana
First chance we got to see David do some real acting (ahem!), this appearance also brought us the catchy tune “I Wanna Know You.” Totally fun—the only problem being that it seemed to end way too quickly. Maybe we’ll see him on TV again?
The results for this category were quite unusual – 2 performances of Zero Gravity tied for second place, and Feliz Navidad had barely enough votes to surpass each. Given that there was vote-splitting going on among the 3 ZG performances, it made sense to have CO-WINNERS!
Zero Gravity (Columbus, OH & Chicago House of Blues)
These two performances of Zero Gravity were tied for second place, and only 3 votes behind the winner. We all remember the Columbus performance, when David really let his inner dancer come out to play and there were numerous MGR’s produced by fans of some of his special moves from this performance. And by the time he reached Chicago, he was, well, totally Rockin’ the House!
Feliz Navidad (Kansas City)
David surprised us and thrilled us with his first performance of this pop-holiday standard. But by the time of his performance in Kansas City, he was dancing and shaking his shoulders to the beat and had us all up and out of our chairs – even if we were only watching on Youtube! And when he bound down the stairs and into the audience, screams! We could see once again why David makes such a strong connection with his audience. Feliz Navidad FTW!
Fields of Gold (Salt Lake City)
This is what David does best. He invites us in, grabs our heart and doesn’t let go. So, how to chose from so many great possibilities? This was one of the closest competitions, with Fields of Gold only narrowly inching ahead of Contigo en la Distancia. In Fields of Gold, David channels the soulful singing of his oft-mentioned role model, Eva Cassidy. To many listeners, this simple love song has a warm, glowing and almost transcendent quality – a quality that opens your heart.
Honorable Mention – target=”_blank”>Contigo en la Distancia
Contigo missed first place by only a handful of votes and rightly deserves a place among those songs that we want to hear again and again. This is a song where David’s silky voice and tender expression combine with a completely assured performance – a real winner by any measure.
Top David Moment of the Year
A whole year to contemplate and review. Ahhh…, what a delightful project. We have the pleasure of thinking back through all the moments that grabbed us, made us laugh, made us cry, made us love him all the more. There was travel to Malaysia, there were arena shows with what’s-her-name, there were the more intimate solo shows, awards and award performances, a Christmas album, and a Christmas tour. How to choose? Well – the fans have spoken and have chosen two events that taken together show David’s enormous growth during this past year. The two events that received the most votes showcase David’s command of the stage, and his growing command of the spoken word.
Singing “Contigo en la Distancia” at the ALMA awards
A clear winner with 35% of the vote, this is the song that captured the fans in an unprecedented way. Many of us love to hear David’s voice unencumbered by a loud rock and roll band, and this was just such a moment. We were allowed simply to bask in the beauty of The Voice. Accompanied only by delicate guitar playing, David’s voice soared with emotion and tenderness in this beloved song. There was no need to completely understand the Spanish words. The emotional message was clear. David completely owned the stage, sometimes imploring the audience, sometimes drawing them in. This was a performance that left us gasping, and wondering – where will he take us next?
Honorable Mention: 50-minute talk at the Women’s Conference in Utah
One could imagine that David never dreamed that he would be presenting an extended talk to an audience of politicians, business and civic leaders. How long ago was it that when family friend Brett Hales invited him to talk at a Fireside (in addition to singing), he pretty much freaked out? Yet here he was, sometimes reading from notes, sometimes extemporizing, and completely charmed and inspired his sophisticated audience. David has said repeatedly that he wants to share more of his thoughts with us through his songs. It appears that he will have continuing opportunities to do the same with the spoken word.
Best Pearl of Archuwisdom
WINNER: “There’s never any reason to lower your standards.”
One of the lesser known words of wisdom from Archie, this was reported by a fan at a VIP. But this certainly fits our understanding of David – uncompromising, almost rigidly adhering to his personal set of standards. This is one of the reasons why he is admired by so many.
HONORABLE MENTION: “Sometimes even if it is a hard path to take, even if it has those big hills and climbs and all those scary trees and you can get scratches, and you can get hurt sometimes. But I think that’s what makes us grow. That’s what makes us learn in our lives.”
One of many quotable quotes from the 50-minute speech David gave at the Women’s Conference in Utah. He has had his share of obstacles and hurdles to overcome, even though he is still only 19. There seems to be a great deal of courage that underlies that quiet public demeanor.
Funniest Archuquote (non-Tweet)
WINNER: “I tend to ramble… the scary thing is it’s not just rambling, it’s rambling and it’s like what is this kid talking about.”
Oh, really? 😉 There is nothing we love more than listening to David ramble. He could talk all day, flitting from topic to topic and we would hang on his every word. But there was something so humorous and yet, sweetly vulnerable, about hearing David say these words.
The first thing that popped into David’s head when asked to name an unhealthy habit? Cinnamon. And a celebrity he would like to see in a bikini? Mazeltov. Completely hilarious, absolutely ridiculous, and mostly Archudorable. What else is there to say?
Tweet of the Year
WINNER: The noisy cats: Oh my heck, there are cats outside fighting and they’re really loud! Hush cats! People are trying to sleep! You shouldn’t fight anyway.
The winner by a landslide (61%), this is the tweet that went viral: artwork, cartoons, tee-shirts, you-name-it. “Hush cats!” will live forever lol!
HONORABLE MENTION: “Nooo! My brother’s dog ripped totoro’s eyes out!” … “http://twitpic.com/vrlmb – R.I.P. Totoro”
In his tweets, David shared with us the joys as well as the sorrows of his life. Poor Totoro unfortunately had a violent demise. Thanks for the picture David lol!
Best Christmas Song
Pat a Pan
Before the album came out, many fans didn’t think much of this little-known French carol. But this very fact allowed for David and Co. to take some liberties with it, and the result was an inspired modern arrangement. Fans went crazy and played it on repeat, some clamoring for its release. The end of the song is atmospheric with its distortion and layered vocals, and offers a glimpse of a possible future direction in pop for David. As the “surprise” on the album, this song left the most indelible impression on fans, and won your vote as Best Christmas Song.
Honorable Mention – O Holy Night
This song capped off David’s Christmas concerts, and for good reason. Long a favorite among fans ever since we watched his December 2007 performance of this beloved holiday classic, O Holy Night, with its swelling melody and reverence, allows David to be expressive and to build up toward a powerful, dramatic ending. No Christmas list can be complete without this as far David is concerned.
Song of the Year
David won fans’ hearts through his heart-rending ballads, but interestingly enough it was a club dance song that wins Song of the Year. It surprised us, it energized us, it has us jumping up and down. As David jumped and ran around the stage we knew he was onto something, yet another possible genre for David to explore. The song was so popular that fans demanded a release of the song and their wish was granted. Zero Gravity won by a landslide (with 74% of all the votes) and has received the Archie for Song of the Year.
Honorable Mention: Melodies of Christmas
This original Christmas song won many of your votes as well. David has cowriting credit for this song, which expresses his thoughts and feelings about Christmas. Refreshing, catchy, inventive, weaving melodies from several Christmas songs, this song sunk in our heads and had us singing along—Well-deserving of Honorable Mention for Song of the Year.
Oh, and one more thing…
In the spirit of reviewing the entire year, no summary of 2009 can be complete without some mention of David’s uber-awesome Christmas caroling stint at the MTV offices. How many of YOU wished you had David coming to your office to sing “O Holy Night”? (Hmm… next year we’ll make sure to include a Best Promo Appearance category.) Click the picture!
Nor can we forget the pre-interview, at which Jim Cantiello coaxes a reluctant David into wearing a Santa sweater! (“Christmas… sweaters…” ;))
Voila! Now that should wrap it up for 2009! Now on to 2010…
~Ronaldsf, davidfanLIZ, Marlie