The Diamond Awards
I’m afraid I can’t get too excited about all the contretemps surrounding the Diamond Awards – where’s the venue for the awards show gonna be? Will they find one in time? Who’s the artist Randall Wilds has a beef with? Who cares?
Mostly, I just don’t get the Diamond Awards. The associated publication – SGNScoops – hasn’t, as far as I can tell, published its own scoops for a while now, at least not online. Instead, they use a news feed from sogospelnews (I have never seen or read the print edition, so I can’t really comment on it, though the cover story posted online seems to be fairly bare-bones stuff). Which is just as well, I guess, because even when it was publishing a regular internet edition, the “scoops” mostly amounted to the same press releases published elsewhere, often in a more timely fashion.
This is not so much a criticism (by all accounts the Scoops family are wonderful people, and of course I realize illness and death have visited the publication recently) as it is a general query. What’s the point of these awards? That the show is a free alternative the Fan Awards? That the same pool of performers compete for and sometimes win, and sometimes don’t win, more or less the same kinds of recognition they get elsewhere during a show in which they lavish attention and thankfulness onto the host publication in exchange for the free publicity and PR material it generates for them? Ok, but hasn’t sogospelnews already cornered the market on all this? Instead of sponsoring the event, the Unthanks should be trying to take it over, er … I mean, partner with the Diamond Awards to unify their front against the big bad SN Fan Awards. Because honestly, the world really shouldn’t have to be subjected to the co-hosting talents of Sondra Burnett/Chris Unthank AND Karen Peck/Jonathan Bond.Email this Post