He’s running against Taylor Swift and that Kim Kardashian picture.

Adelia Anjani Putri   01 February 2017 17:00

Animator Wahyu Ichwandardi, popularly known as Pinot, is competing with Taylor Swift in the ninth annual Shorty Awards in April.

He and Taylor, who neither know each other nor work in the same industry, are both nominated for Instagram of The Year category alongside Beyonce, Jaden Smith, Selena Gomez and others. 

If you haven't heard of the Shorty Awards, it is basically the Grammy Awards for social media. The Shortys honor influencers and content on all kinds of social media, from Youtube to Snapchat, highlighting the best and most popular people, content, influencers and more. 

Pinot is nominated for a stop motion video titled "How To Stop Time".

He won #Vineographer Shorty Award in 2014 for his work on the mini-clip social media site Vine. 


How to stop the time. Animation with draw & erase technique on single paper. #animation #stopmotion

A video posted by Pinot Ichwandardi (@pinot) on

Though this is not his first nomination for a Shorty, Pinot said his hopes are not that high when I caught up with him. 

“It's pretty much the same (as last time). Unexpected. I post (animations) on social media because it's refreshing and it can add to my portfolio, that’s it. Even in 2014, I didn't expect to win,” the artist told Brilio last week. 

“I'm taking it easy. It’s not a competition because there’s no specific genre. There is food, Beyonce with her kid, Kim baring it all, and then there I am with stop motion animation.”

“Something is weird here,” he laughed.  

The Shorty Awards are a popularity contest: nominations with the most votes get the awards. But, Pinot said he doesn't have any plans to mobilize Indonesian cyber troops to vote for him. He only promised through his Twitter account, @pinot and @pinotski, that if he wins, he’ll go on stage wearing a blangkon hat and Javanese clothes.

“I just want people to vote for me because they actually like the video. I also want to bring Indonesia on stage. If I do crazy challenges (to get people to vote), it wouldn't be in line with my purpose,” he said. 

Even if he doesn't win the award, the nomination is still a blessing for Pinot, who is trying to extend his visa in the United States.

Pinot came to the States in 2014 as a Vine artist, but since Vine is gone, he had to find other way to secure his resident permit.

“I’m on visa Type O right now, and for the application you have to have a unique job that not many can do. Also, you must have achievements in the sector,” he said. “Now my title is content creator. It’s somehow more general but still specializes in social media.  And yeah, I’m going to put this nomination on my application.” 

Immigration talk aside, the Shorty Awards are still open for voting until Feb. 17 and the award ceremony will take place in April in New York City. You can vote for Pinot on their website



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