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Logo announces nominees for 2011 NewNowNext Awards: Darren Criss, Willow Smith, 'Skins,' and many more

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newnownextImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC; John P. Johnson/HBO; Danny Feld/ABC Family; Eike Schroter/CBSWhat’s new, now, and next in pop culture? Well, for the fourth year in a row, Logo is attempting to figure that out: The gay and lesbian cable network has just announced the nominees for its annual NewNowNext Awards, which will will air on Monday, April 11, at 10 p.m. This year’s nominees — a diverse group that cuts across TV, film, music, print, and new media — range from Glee’s Darren Criss and the @CarrieFFisher on Twitter feed to Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife to Willow Smith in categories like Brink of Fame: Actor and TV You Betta Watch. The awards are decided by a public vote, which opened today NewNowNext.com.

The NewNowNext Awards aren’t intended as a “look at the year that passed, but will instead focus on what is up-and-coming in popular culture in 2011 and beyond,” according to a press release. Okay, but really? Really. The awards show actually has the distinction of airing Lady Gaga’s first televised performance on the inaugural 2008 edition. There’s some new and now and next for ya!

And at this year’s NewNowNext Awards, Entertainment Weekly will present the first-ever Entertainment Weekly Inspiration Award, which will honor an entertainer who inspires hope and change through his or her work and public service. Who’ll take it home? Tune in on April 11 to find out.

The full list of NewNowNext Awards nominees below. Who do you think will/should win?

BRINK OF FAME: ACTOR
Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man)
Darren Criss (Fox’s Glee)
Donald Glover (NBC’s Community)
Emma Stone (Spider-Man)
Roony Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

#ZOMG INTERNET AWARD
@CarrieFFisher on Twitter
DamnYouAutoCorrect.com
JamesVanDerMemes.com
Mike Tompkins
Sassy Gay Friend

TV YOU BETTA WATCH
1 girl 5 gays (Logo)
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
Skins (MTV)
The Game (BET)
Tosh.0 (Comedy Central)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

BEST NEW INDULGENCE
Angry Birds
Netflix Watch Instantly
OWN
New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys — Summer Tour 2011
TJ Kelly, The A-List: New York (Logo)

MOST ADDICTIVE REALITY STAR
Tabatha Coffey, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (Bravo)
Tyler & Catelynn, Teen Mom (MTV)
Carmen Carrera, RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge, The Fabulous Beekman Boys (Planet Green)

CAUSE YOUR HOT
Amber Heard (Zombieland)
Archie Panjabi (CBS’ The Good Wife)
Ben Cohen (Rugby Player, Activist)
Jess Williams (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy)
Joe Manganiello (HBO’s True Blood)
Sofia Vergara (ABC’s Modern Family)

NEXT MUST-SEE MOVIE
Bridesmaids
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Smurfs
Water For Elephants
X-Men: First Class

BRINK OF FAME: MUSIC ARTIST
Oh Land
Sleigh Bells
Two Door Cinema Club
Willow Smith
Wynter Gordon

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

Originally posted February 7 2011 — 7:30 AM EST

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