Streamys: Vanilla Ice Collaborates (and Listens); Halo, Rap Battles, Burning Love Win Big

Hanh Nguyen
February 18, 2013

Vanilla Ice | Photo Credits: Mark Davis/Getty Images for TVGuide
Vanilla Ice | Photo Credits: Mark Davis/Getty Images for TVGuide

Vanilla Ice: Rapper, reality show star and ... YouTube star? Maybe someday soon!

The singer, born Rob Van Winkle, performed with some of YouTube's biggest musical stars at the Hollywood Palladium Sunday night for the 3rd Annual Streamy Awards, which celebrates the best of online programming. The collaboration was an anxious affair though because he had only met crooner Chester See, musician Mike Tompkins and Epic Rap Battles of History's Nice Peter the night before. "We had no game plan but put everything together last night. It was so sloppy, I can't even tell you," Van Winkle told "I lost some sleep over it."

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But a good attitude (and some rehearsal time) made all the difference. "They were a little timid. I said, 'This is your time. These are memories that last forever. Make it happen. Own your stage, own everything,'" Van Winkle says. "I took away the nerves and replaced them with smiles. And smiles are contagious, so I had everybody just having a really authentic, great time on stage. We put something together that was magical. I enjoyed the hell out of it. It was electrifying."

How did the '90s music star get involved in such an event? Thank Dick Clark Productions for reviving "Ice, Ice, Baby" and "Play That Funky Music" for the YouTube generation. "Dick Clark and I go way back from when I pulled my pants down on national TV to show my scars," Van Winkle explained. "If it could have gone viral then, it would have! It would have been trending. But they got me involved."

At least the rapper, who currently stars on DIY's The Vanilla Ice Project (airing Sundays at 10/9c), got a taste of online popularity during the Streamys. "When we were backstage, we were trending online," he said. "My freaking [Twitter] timeline was going crazy. I was like, 'I can't read it fast enough, oh my God! This is awesome.' If Charlie Sheen was here, he'd say, 'Winning!'"

The epic music collaboration capped off an evening that also included performances by Soulja Boy and Shontelle. But in the end, it was the web and streaming series that were the real stars of the evening.

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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Epic Rap Battles of History and Burning Love won big with four awards apiece. Halo 4 took home Streamys for Best Drama Series, Best Production Design (Kasra Farahani), Best Cinematography (Brett Pawlak) and Best Editing (Louis Hill). The rap series that pits historical and fictional characters against each other snagged the prizes for Best Music Series, Best Original Song for "Steve Jobs. vs. Bill Gates," Best Online Musician (Nice Peter) and Best Use of Fashion & Design (Mary Gutfleisch). The Bachelor spoof Burning Love won for Best Comedy Series, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Male Performance (Ken Marino) and Best Guest Appearance (Ken Jeong).

Two-time winners included Grace Helbig for Audience Choice Personality of the Year and her first-person series Daily Grace, H+ the Digital Series for Best Action/Sci-fi Series and Best Direction, and Best Interactive Program and Best Writing for a Comedy (Bernie Su) for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a modern-day take on Pride & Prejudice.

Check out the full Streamys ceremony below (Vanilla Ice performs at the 2 hour, 39 minute mark) and a list of the rest of the 3rd Annual Streamy Award winners:

Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series
- Kids React
Best Derivative Series - The Walking Dead "Cold Storage"
Best Animated Series - Tom Hanks' Electric City
Best Branded Entertainment Series - Leap Year
Best DIY or How-To Series - Masterclass
Best Live Event - Red Bull Stratos
Best Live Series - What's Trending with Shira Lazar
Best International Series - Travel Story
Best News and Culture Series The Philip DeFranco Show
Best Male Performance: Drama - Xander Berkeley, The Booth at the End
Best Female Performance: Drama - Missy PeregrymCybergeddon
Best Female Performance: Comedy - Hannah Hart, My Drunk Kitchen
Best Host — KassemG, California On
Best Writing: Drama - Tony Valenzuela, Black Box TV
Best Visual Effects - Oliver Hotz, Matthew A. Rubin, DR0NE
Best Choreography - Lindsey Stirling
Audience Choice Streamys Series of the Year - SourceFed

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