After launching the Ninnyhammy Awards in 2015, we took a long hard look at pop culture and asked ourselves, is it fair for us to simply focus on one aspect of it? Music, that is. The answer came rather very quickly.

No, we’re most definitely not.

So, in 2016, we have decided to launch an all-encompassing, no-holds-barred awards affair that will seek to honor outstanding shady achievements in the field of everything. Music, film, television, politics. You name it. The sky is the limit. If it gets on our radar and we deem it worthy, then it will be automatically up for consideration. The new awards will supplant the Ninnyhammys effective immediately.

As always, in keeping with the essence and spirit of what Bent Spud is all about, we have decided to call our new awards The Fishy Awards – Fishies for short – to eternally remind us that when something smells fishy, it is paramount that one must do his or her best to point it out and let the whole world know. As the little-known Confucian saying goes: “Show a man fishy and you entertain him for a day. Teach a man how to point out fishy and you entertain him for a lifetime.” Or something like that.

It’s a no-brainer, of course, that our specially-designed trophy features an upright fish.

Unlike other awards ceremonies, we do not intend to follow a rigid process for nominating and voting, and setting categories. We will simply create everything as we go, and pick out the winners as we see fit. There will be no permanent categories, although some categories may repeat every year. The period of eligibility will be from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year, but we may choose to bend this eligibility rule as needed. The awards will be handed out on April 1st of the following calendar year.

Without further ado, we present the winners of the First Annual Fishies.