Awards season is generally reserved for that time between December and March when the Golden Globes, SAGs, Grammys and Oscars take place. But trophies are such a necessary part of the entertainment industry that they will not be limited to wintertime.
That’s why the summer months also have their share of largely meaningless ceremonies designed to honor the achievements of the people who need the recognition most: Hollywood’s rich and famous.
Here’s a guide to keep track of all these summer award shows:
Tony Awards: Sunday, June 10 on CBS.
Significance: Honoring the best of Broadway theater. Or, to put it another way, reminding us of all the great musicals and dramas we’re missing because we don’t have the time and/or money to haul ourselves to New York.
Daytime Emmy Awards: Saturday, June 23, on HLN.
Significance: Recognizing excellence among the daytime soaps that have escaped cancellation, as well as all the talk shows and other programs that are always on when we go to the gym on our days off.
BET Awards: Sunday, July 1, on BET.
Significance: These celebrate the achievements of blacks in multiple fields, including music, film and athletics. Also, they provide an excuse for Beyoncé to compete against husband Jay-Z in more than one category.
ESPY Awards: Wednesday, July 11, on ESPN.
Significance: ESPN’s big trophy show, which distributes prizes to high-profile athletes, who are often joined at the event for no apparent reason by such Justins as Bieber and Timberlake.
Teen Choice Awards: Sunday, July 22, on Fox.
Significance: It’s got the fan-voting element and country-music-award categories of the CMTs, plus the youth/entertainment element of the MTV Movie Awards, plus the sports-world factor of the ESPYs. AND the trophies look like surfboards!
The Do Something Awards: Tuesday, Aug. 21, on VH1.
Significance: Actually, these awards, although televised and often hosted by a celebrity, are not about celebrity. They give grants to people 25 and younger who are attempting to do good in their communities. So it’s impossible to write a snarky comment about them, really. This is the kind of awards show we need more of.