Maldonado and Her Pentatonix Group Mates Receive Three Streamy Award Nominations

They’re already YouTube Music Award winners… And, now Kirstie Maldonado and her fellow Pentatonix members have the chance to increase their online award haul.

The half-Mexican American/part-Spanish artist and her a cappella group have earned three nominations for the fourth Streamy Awards, which recognize the best in online video.


Maldonado and Pentatonix, who won NBC‘s singing competition The Sing-Off in 2011, are nominated for Cover Song for their popular “Daft Punk Mashup,” which has garnered more than 87 million views on YouTube. They’re up against former American Idol contestant Andrew Garcia, Andy Lange, Chester See and Josh Golden’s rendition of Katy Perry’s Roar, among other nominees.

Pentatonix are also vying for a Streamy Award in the Musical Artist category. The a capella group, which will release two new albums this year, will compete against Boyce Avenue, Chester See, Cimorelli and Lindsey Stirling.

Lastly, Maldonado and her crew are nominated in the Original Song category. They’re nominated for their single “Love Again.” The song’s official video has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube.

But Maldonado and Garcia aren’t the only Latino nominees…

YouTube sensation Bethany Mota, aka MacBarbie07, has earned a nod in the Channel, Show, or Series – Fashion category. The 18-year-old Mexican and Portuguese vlogger’s YouTube channel is also up for an Audience Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year. She has generated an estimated $40,000 per month and garnered over 300 million views since she launched it. The “Mota-vator” is an inspiration to pre-teens everywhere who’ve ever struggled with boredom, shyness and bullying. And she’s turned her online success into a fashion empire, even launching the Bethany Mota Clothing and Accessories line at Aeropostale.

Meanwhile, Maiah Ocando has earned three Streamy Award nods. The Venezuelan Spanish-speaking YouTube star, whose channel Visto Bueno has 319,705 subscribers, is nominated for Channel, Show, or Series – Fashion category and First Person – Special. She’ll also compete for the Audience Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year.

In all, this year’s, Streamy Awards will recognize excellence in 47 categories.

“If the caliber of this year’s nominees is any indication, we’re on track for the biggest Streamys ever,” said Executive Producer Drew Baldwin, also the co-founder of Tubefilter. “As the leading producer of live events, dick clark productions is the best possible partner for a show that honors the ever-evolving digital landscape and pioneers who are shaping the future of mainstream entertainment.”

This year’s awards include several new categories, including gaming, beauty, sports, pranks and science and education.

Sixteen of the winners will be announced live at a September 7 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, to be produced by dick clark productions.

The awards show will be streamed online on

The other winners will be announced in a September 4 reception at the YouTube Space L.A., and will be recognized during the September 7 ceremonies.

Here’s a list of the nominees by category.

Channel, Show, or Series –

Overall Comedy
Jenna Marbles
My Drunk Kitchen
Ryan Higa

Almost Royal Goes To YouTube
Parks and Recreation in Europe
Prairie Home Companion Tailgating (Portlandia)
Sesame Street
Vandaveon and Mike (Key and Peele)

Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Non-Fiction or Reality
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
PBS Idea Channel

Channel, Show, or Series – Subject

Action and Sci-Fi
Action Movie Kid
Corridor Digital
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
Red vs. Blue
Video Game High School

Cute Polish
Kandee Johnson
Michelle Phan

Break’n Reality
Dance Showdown
Strictly Ballet

Bethany Mota
Lauren Curtis
Maiah Ocando

Food and Cuisine
Anthony Eats America
Epic Meal Time
Nerdy Nummies
Thristy For…

Smosh Games
SourceFed Nerd

Health and Wellness
Kali Muscle
Tony Horton Fitness

Kids and Family
Convos With My 2-Year-Old
Kid President
Kids React

News and Current Events
Huffpost Live
YouTube Nation

Prank it FWD
Roman Atwood
Stuart Edge

Science and Education
Good Mythical Morning
Mental Floss
The Slow Mo Guys

Dude Perfect
ESPN 30 for 30
My Ink
Red Bull


8-Bit Cinema
Blank on Blank
Bravest Warriors
Simon’s Cat

First Person
Grace Helbig
Justine Ezarik
Maiah Ocando
Tyler Oakley

Bad Timing
Destroy The Alpha Gammas
Little Horribles
Sad Motivator
The Platoon of Power Squadron

Alaa Wardi (Saudi Arabia)
EnchufeTV (Ecuador)
Galo Frito (Brazil)
Neymar Jr: Life Outside the Fields (Brazil)
Noob (France)


Actress in a Comedy
Johanna Braddy, Video Game High School
Brittany Furlan, SHFTY ~ Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!
Mamrie Hart, You Deserve A Drink
Charlotte Newhouse, Idiotsitter
Joanna Sotomura, Emma Approved

Actress in a Drama
Troian Bellisario, Lauren
Ashley Clements, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Kate Conway, Out With Dad
Francesca Eastwood, Oh, You Pretty Things!
Julia Stiles, Blue

Actor in a Comedy
Brent Bailey, Emma Approved
Klarity, SHFTY ~ Super Happy Fun Time, Yay!
David Milchard, Convos With My 2-Year-Old
Paul Scheer, ArScheerio Paul
Jimmy Wong, Video Game High School

Actor in a Drama
David Arquette, Cleaners
Wilson Cleveland, BlackBoxTV Presents
Joey Graceffa, Storytellers
Brian Tee, Mortal Kombat: Legacy II
Daniel Vincent Gordh, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Flula Borg and Chester See, Flula
Zach Galifianakis and President Barack Obama, Between Two Ferns
Harley Morenstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Epic Meal Time
Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, and Snoop Dogg, Epic Rap Battles of History
Rooster Teeth, Freddie Wong, iJustine, Greg Miller, and Adam Kovic, The Gauntlet: Season 2

Ensemble Cast
ArScheerio Paul
Next Time On Lonny
The Annoying Orange
Video Game High School


Cover Song
Andy Lange, Chester See, Andrew Garcia, and Josh Golden, Roar (Katy Perry)
Madilyn Bailey, Wake Me Up (Avicii)
Pentatonix, Daft Punk Mashup (Daft Punk)
Pomplamoose, Happy/Get Lucky Mashup (Pharrell Williams)
Postmodern Jukebox, Timber (Pitbull ft. Ke$ha)

Music Video
#SELFIE, The Chainsmokers
Cookie Dance, Chip Chocolate
Finish What We Started, Miles Fisher
Goku vs Superman, Epic Rap Battles of History
Odds Are, Barenaked Ladies

Musical Artist
Boyce Avenue
Chester See
Lindsey Stirling

Original Song
#LEH, Superwoman and Humble The Poet
Airplanes and Terminals, Timothy DeLaGhetto
Love Again, Pentatonix
Never Wanna Let You Go, Megan Nicole
Whistle While I Work It, Chester See


Castrol Footkhana: Neymar Jr. v Ken Block, Andy Ansah, Neymar Jr., and Ken Block
Dance Showdown, Ambrose Respicio and Anze Skrube
Jabbawockeez Presents Regenerate, Jabbawockeez
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Garrett Warren and Larnell Stovall
Super Power Beat Down, Alvin J. Hsing and Shaun Paul Piccinino

@SummerBreak, Joseph Guidry
Devinsupertramp , Devin Graham
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Scott Keven
Making A Scene, Bartosz Nalazek
Rocket Jump, John Salmon

Costume Design
Bart Baker, Morgan Christensen and Amanda Hosler
Epic Rap Battles of History, Sulai Lopez
Fallout: Nuka Break, Katie Broad
Video Game High School, Regina Amato, Christina Matthews, Imari Tucker
YouTube Rewind, Annie Rothschild

BlackBoxTV Presents, Tony E. Valenzuela
Eric Wareheim, Eric Wareheim
Lauren, Jon Avnet
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Kevin Tancharoen
Video Game High School, Freddie Wong

Epic Rap Battles of History, Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton, Daniel Turcan, Nice Peter, and Joseph Shahood
Kids React, Dan Seibert, Justin Reager, Benny Fine, Rafi Fine, Jordan Towles
MysteryGuitarMan, Joe Penna, Ryan Morrison
Rocket Jump, Freddie Wong
The Annoying Orange, Dane Boedigheimer, Aaron Massey, Spencer Grove, Matt Sklar

Original Score
Caper, Joe Loduca
Continuum, Damon Criswell
Next Time On Lonny, Leo Birenberg
Red Scare, Giona Ostinelli
RWBY, Jeff Williams

Visual and Special Effects
Action Movie Kid, Daniel Hashimoto
Corridor Digital, Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski
Mortal Kombat: Legacy II, Lars Anderson
Rocket Jump, Freddie Wong
Video Game High School, Chris Bailey and Joseph Cornell

Barely Political, Mark Douglas and Todd Womack
Epic Rap Battles of History, Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette
Husbands, Brad Bell and Jane Espenson
Kid President, Brad Montague and Robby Novak
Red vs. Blue, Burnie Burns and Miles Luna


Vine Comedian
Brittany Furlan
DeStorm Power
Jerome Jarre
Logan Paul

Vine Creativity
Meagan Cignoli
Regal Cinemas
Zach King

Viner of the Year
Brittany Furlan
Cameron Dallas
King Bach
Lele Pons
Marcus Johns

Campaign or Event

Brand Campaign
Backseat Italians (Fiat)
Dear Kitten (Purina Friskies)
Need For Speed: Ken Block’s Gymkhana Six (Need For Speed)
Sloth Week (Animalist)
Superman With a Go Pro (Go Pro)

Live Event
#Tubeathon 2013
Comedy Gives Back 2013
DigiFest NYC 2014
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Live
Steve Aoki: Live at the Shrine

Public Service
International Day of Happiness
Rooster Teeth 24 Hr Extra Life Fundraiser
Sport Relief 2014
Star Wars: Force for Change
YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House


Television Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Right This Minute
Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Audience Choice

Entertainer of the Year

Bethany Mota
Brittany Furlan
Grace Helbig
Jack Vale
Jenna Marbles
Maiah Ocando
Michelle Phan
Ryan Higa
Toby Turner
Tyler Oakley

Show of The Year

Emma Approved
Kids React
Nerdy Nummies
Rooster Teeth
The Philip DeFranco Show
Video Game High School


Armisen Starring in MOCAtv’s Web Series “Ambiance Man”

Fred Armisen has landed a super(hero) web project…

The 45-year-old half-Venezuelan actor and former Saturday Night Live cast member is starring in Ambiance Man, a web series that also stars Jack Black and Jibz Cameron.

Fred Armisen as Ambiance Man

Debuting on December 20 on MOCAtv, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s YouTube platform, the series was created by artist Alix Lambert, who had an idea for a superhero named Ambiance Man.

He doesn’t save the world or even rescue a cat trapped in a tree — he just fixes bad ambiance.

“Like bad lighting, an ant infestation — anything that could ruin your day-to-day,” Lambert tells The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s a Pre-Raphaelite superhero.”

The series follows the well-mannered hero, played by Armisen, on his quest for good vibes against the supervillain team of Buzzkill (Cameron) and Unidentifiable Odor (Black).

“It’s so silly,” Lambert says, barely containing her laughter as she explains the show’s content.

It’s a goofy concept, no doubt, but Armisen, Black, and Cameron (who creates outrageously comedic performance art under the name Dynasty Handbag) are the masters of the art of goofiness.

Ambiance Man kicks off MOCAtv’s Art + Comedy season, which will feature programming from Alex Bag, David Robbins and Martin Kersels, among other artists.

The idea was born years ago during an evening of drinks at her friend’s house.

“Her roommate kept passing through the room we were in,” Lambert recalls. “Every time he would come through, he would do something like light a candle or open a window. We were just like, ‘It’s Ambiance Man.’ I told that story for years, and liked this idea of a superhero who [comes to the rescue] if you’re on an awkward date, or if you’re sweating too much — more day-to-day stuff. I’m all for Batman stopping the end of the world, but I need today fixed.”

After a chance meeting with MOCAtv’s director, Emma Reeves, that turned into a greenlight, Lambert called on her longtime friend Armisen, whom she says she’s known for dozens of years, and her neighbor Cameron. Cameron brought her friend Black aboard, and the series suddenly had legs. “Fred is super talented, and I just thought of funny things that I wanted him to do, and I let him run with that. And he has his sidekick Feng Shui [played by comedian Atsuko Okatsuka]. She also fixes things, but she’s interested in order.”

Ambiance Man, which was filmed at YouTube Space L.A., will debut with a private screening at MOCA in downtown Los Angeles on December 19, which will be accompanied by a live element involving Armisen and Cameron.

Lambert hopes that the series will find an audience and go on beyond the four episodes she’s already made for MOCAtv. “The idea is that it will continue,” she says. “We’re talking to various people that we could partner with for that. We haven’t made anything concrete, so I don’t want to jinx it.”