Over the past few years, social media has been the fastest growing platform for future comedians to showcase their talent. Sites that have aided to help young comedians display their skills include, Vine, YouTube, Instagram, MySpace, and even Facebook. Social media has served as the fastest way to get your laugh on while at work or even if you are on the go. Some of my favorite comedians to watch on social media over the years are talents such as, MrGrind, Emmanuel and Phillip Hudson, KountryWayne, and Renny, to name a few.

This year, comedian and actor, Michael Blackson will host the first-of-its-kind awards show celebrating the very best (and worst) on social media over the past year. Mike Epps has also been named Executive Producer of the award show.

If you’re active on social media, you know that some of the funniest and most influential people on the Internet are all over Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It’s truly amazing that BET has created an influential event to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding bunch. These comedians are rising to the top on social media and definitely deserve the opportunity to be recognized for their consistent effort to make us laugh daily.

Tami Roman, Duckie Thot, Jess Hilarious, Renny, and BlameItOnKway, are just a few amongst the list of nominees.

Leading up to the show, fans can go over to BET.COM/SOCIAL to vote for their favorite social media stars in a variety of categories. Time is running out to vote!

The first round of voting closes Sunday, January 21 at 6 PM EST. The second round of voting featuring the top five nominees in the online voting categories open up on January 23 at 12PM EST.

The social media extravaganza will premiere LIVE on Sunday, February 11 at 10 PM ET/ 7PM PT in Atlanta, Georgia.