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Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Flypie Awards!

This year, we introduced the first ever annual edition of The Flypaper Writer Awards, a.k.a. “The Flypies” in order to reward the writers who produced the most successful articles throughout 2016, across a wide array of categories. And if that sounds boring, well… Just watch the video. We had some fun with it!

So, without further ado, here are the winners of the first ever Flypie Awards!

15. The Social Butterfly Award

Max Alper — “Erik Satie Was So Much Weirded Than You Realize” with 792 Facebook likes

Honorable Mentions:

Elyadeen Anbar — “Song Kitchen: ‘Peg’ by Steely Dan” with 770 likes

Brad Allen Williams — “Rudy Van Gelder: The Optometrist Who Pioneered an Ethos in Record-Making” with 746 likes

14. The Better Band Award

Jessica Hackett — 6 articles relating to band management

13. The Higher Learning Award (for most popular advanced studies article)

Ryan Sargent — “Understanding Advanced Blues Harmony” is in the Top 20 most read articles of the year.

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12. The Cracked Compass Award (for the version of The Compass that saw the most views)

Andreas Oskar Hirsch — “The Compass: Cologne, DE”

11. The Rookie of the Year Award

Martin Connor — His first article for Flypaper, “Why The Gorillaz’ ‘5/4’ Isn’t Actually In 5/4” is in the Top 20 most read articles this year.

10. The ASCAP Loves Me Award

Sarah Spencer — 3 articles picked up in ASCAP’s Daily Brief

Honorable Mention:

Max Alper — 2 articles picked up

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9. The Estrada Bump Award (for longevity in audience reach)

Mahea Lee — “Learn to Play Adele’s ‘Hello’ on Piano in Two Minutes” with 19,500 views in 2016 despite being published in 2015.

Honorable Mention:

Kenneth Estrada y Santiago — “How to Create Dreamier Guitar Chords,” because we invented the award just for him, and because his article generated 8,400 views in 2016, despite being published in 2015.

8. The Hardest Working Parent Award

Charles Burchell — Who turned in 6 articles within a year of having his first baby!

7. The Obit Award

Nick Lerman — “Les Paul, Pirate of the Airwaves?” with 1,240 views.

Honorable Mention:

Brad Allen Williams — “Rudy Van Gelder: The Optometrist Who Pioneered an Ethos in Record-Making” with 638 views.

6. The Happy Artists Award

Myles Avery — “8 Artists Making Brilliant Exploratory Music Using Modular Synths” and “Intersections: 8 Classical Musicians Killing it Right Now Using Live Electronics” together totaled 22,058 views.

Honorable Mention:

Noor Kalouti — “6 Genre-Bending Artists Fusing Jazz with Electronic Music” with 8,100 views.

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5. The Research Award

Ian Davis — 4 articles total, all featuring heavy amounts of deep historical research.

4. The Crazy Commenters Award

Myles Avery — “The 10 Most Widely Influential Synths Ever” with 78 comments on Facebook

Honorable Mentions:

Martin Connor — “Why The Gorillaz’ ‘5/4’ Isn’t Actually in 5/4” with 55 comments

Noor Kalouti — “6 Genre-Bending Artists Fusing Jazz with Electronic Music” with 49 comments.

3. The Most Articles Award

Elyadeen Anbar — wrote 14 articles this year.

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2. The Total Views Award (total views across all of an author’s articles)

Max Alper — 63,300 total views

Honorable Mention:

Myles Avery — 31,800 total views

1. The Grand Flypie!

Max Alper — “Erik Satie Was So Much Weirder Than You Realize” was the most-read article of the year with 48,000 views.

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