2014: Do you remember what it was like? In case you don’t: It was a goddamned mess. But even so, there were Philadelphians among us who rose above, who inspired, who hustled, who looked the world in its cold, dead eyes and said, “I don’t care what you say: I’M-A DO THIS!” Which brings us to our annual #PhilebrityAwards, that celebration of those who did, with a side order of “Eff off, those who didn’t.” (See “Excommunication,” our final category.) As we do each year, we consulted our secret panel of insiders and experts (this year being more secret than ever thanks to a BCC that was partly intentional) to come up with the nominees before you. These awards, you will note, do not really cater to the SelfieDelphia® crowd: They celebrate non-profits, small businesspeople, do-gooders, writers and artists who ordinarily go thankless and so on. They try, in their own small way, to make good people feel good. (Again, with the notable exception of “Excommunication,” which tries to make bad people feel bad.) So please vote with gusto and join us at Johnny Brenda’s on the 21st for what is always a fantastic night. May the best good people win and may the worst bad people leave this place forever!

Note: Polls close at 3pm on January 21st. Click here to see last year’s nominees and winners.


For more info: CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia · Dance Up · Mighty Writers · Street Tails Animal Rescue · William Way Community Center


For more info: Cruisr · Mary Lattimore/Jeff Zeigler · Marian Hill · The Satellite Hearts · Sugar Tongue Slim


For more info: Kate Banford · Darryl Charles · Robert Ecks · Hang On with Aaron Nevins · The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie


For more info: #FergusonPHL · Free to Love: The Cinema of the Sexual Revolution at iHouse · The Oval · Spruce Street Harbor Park · Tributaries: A Modern Cantata at the Kelly Pool within the Water Works


For more info: William Bender · Patrick Kerkestra · Holly Otterbein · Elliott Sharp · Isaiah Thompson


For more info: Fergus Carey · Lillian Dunn · Mo’Ne Davis · Philly Jesus · Alexander Kacala


For more info: Everybody Hits · Good Spoon Foods · Keystone Mini Golf · Philly Aids Thrift at Giovanni’s Room · St. Benjamin Brewery


For more info: Elizabeth Halen · Danya Henninger · Foolish Waffles · Kensington Quarters · Rooster Soup Company


For more info: Connor Barwin · Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition · Sylvester Mobley/Coded by Kids · Alex Rice, Taney Dragons Coach · Brian Sims, State Representative


For more info: For more info: Lynne Abraham · Bill Cosby · Darrell Clarke · Diner En Blanc · Steve Keeley