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Paper magazine started out more than 25 years ago chronicling the shenanigans of up-and-coming performance artists, club kids and avant-garde personalities. At its eighth annual nightlife awards on Wednesday, the magazine celebrated the stage of the new demimonde — social media.
Cat Marnell and the Brant Brothers were up for best social-media stars. Cory Kennedy picked up that prize. The radio personality Miss Info was a presenter, and an actor named Fabrizio Goldstein was listed under “notable attendees.” Both have big Twitter footprints. Also attending: dubstep superstar Skrillex, Cynthia Rowley, Andrew W.K., Rita Ora, the Washington, D.C.-based rapper Wale and “Girls” actor Alex Karpovsky.
“We’re social-media whores. It’s an event that’s fun for that,” said Mickey Boardman, Paper magazine’s editorial director since 1993.
Accepting her prize, Kennedy, listed as a socialite in a press release for the event, said the magazine’s editors had known her since she was “very underage.”
Acme and Le Baron were among the night’s other winners, though the awards were really more of an afterthought. Free drinks, exhibitionism and self-promotion were the priorities. Webster Hall, the evening’s venue, won best megaclub.
Boardman’s night had started with a quiet dinner around 6 at Elio’s on the Upper East Side. Jane Fonda and Bravo’s Andy Cohen were his guests.
The question remains, Who’s better company, Barbarella or Cat Marnell?
“It’s a combination for me. At the show, I was watching a gaggle of drag queens, and earlier I was talking with a two-time Oscar winner about Ava Gardner,” he said. “To me, that’s the magic of New York. It’s the whole cornucopia.”