Delena Is Nominated For “Ship of the Year” at the mtvU Fandom Awards
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Delena Is Nominated For “Ship of the Year” at the mtvU Fandom Awards

Get your cursors ready, Delena fans! The Vampire Diaries couple has been nominated for “Ship of the Year” at the mtvU Fandom Awards, and the competition is tough. Who else is nominated and what exactly are the mtvU Fandom Awards? Read on to find out!

The first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards will pit fandoms against one another in an online-voting tournament that will end with an awards ceremony at San Diego Comic Con in July to be broadcast on Sunday, July 27. A few days prior, both MTV and mtvU will air an hour-long special devoted to fandom, featuring Linkin Park. Curiouser and curiouser…

TVD’s Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) have been nominated for “Ship of the Year” alongside:
Catching Fire’s Everlark (Katniss and Peeta)
Sherlock’s Johnlock (John and Sherlock)
Supernatural’s Destiel (Dean and Castiel)
Teen Wolf’s Sterek (Stiles and Derek)

So, yeah. Pretty stiff competition. Will our vampire lovers prevail? Only time (and online voters) will tell. Other categories include “Fandom Feat of the Year” and “Best Fandom Forever,” the voting for the latter of which will be conducted on Tumblr rather than the official mtvU site.

The mtvU Fandom Awards have been met with some criticism from the fandom world. Critics disapprove of the antagonistic structure of the awards, arguing that the tournament pits fandoms against one another unnecessarily. Some see it as an attempt to capitalize on an online fandom community that largely runs on passion rather than payment a la Amazon Worlds. Still, there are many who are excited at the prospect of fandom culture recognition with such a mainstream event. It will be interesting to see how the mtvU Fandom Awards fare. Will this be a blip in the history of fandom — or will it become a much-beloved annual tradition?

Will you be voting in the mtvU Fandom Awards? Do you think Delena stands a chance for “Ship of the Year? Sound off in the comments below!

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!