My mates convinced me that it was worth it to fork out US$150 for a VIP pass to the 4th Mashable Awards. I couldn't get the VIP passes because it was sold out but really, the US$50 General Admission ticket was good enough. I got a free beer and some popcorn, and I was seated 3 rows from the stage in Zumanity, a Cirque du Soleil cabaret-style theater, at the New York New York hotel.
I am not terribly fond of award shows but at least this one didn't drag much. Comedian Baratunde Thurston was the host and he was fairly funny. I recognised some of the nominees and was glad Angry Birds and Antoine Dodson a.k.a. the Bed Intruder dude, won. DJs Eclectic Method were also very good.
But the highlight of the evening, besides making some new friends, was the performance by the Cirque du Soleil Zumanity team. The Mashable publicity mentioned "performances" but there was only one. But it was very very good. I shall leave the photos to speak for themselves.