Grindr Announces 'Best of Awards' for 2014,
Revealing Top Gay Icons and Moments of the Year

From the Best Coming Out Story and Hottest Instagram Account to 2015 Predictions, Grindr Guys Have Voted

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LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2014 – Grindr, the leading all-male geo-social networking app, surveyed its extensive user base to reveal this year's 'Best of Awards.' Grindr users from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia weighed in on everything from their favorite song, television show and movie, to the gay icon of the year and the hottest trends. Grindr guys were also surveyed on their predictions for next year on topics, such as 2015's biggest celebrity train wreck, the next celebrity to come out of the closet and predictions for the top headline.

"For three years now, we've released our Grindr 'Best of Awards' and it's gratifying to celebrate the influence and progress of gay culture in mainstream media," said Grindr founder and CEO Joel Simkhai. "This year, we continue to see more artists and notable figures come out, and more variety and complexity of gay characters in roles across TV and film. It's always fascinating to poll our Grindr guys on the biggest highlights of the year and it looks like 2014 was a good year for Hillary Clinton, Nick Jonas and Zac Efron – all making our list for the first time ever."

  The winners of Grindr's 'Best of Awards' for 2014 are:

Gay icon of the year: Neil Patrick Harris
Straight ally of the year: Hillary Clinton
Enemy of the LGBT community: Vladimir Putin
Best coming out story: Sam Smith
Next celebrity to come out: Ryan Seacrest
Best TV show on air: ABC's"How To Get Away With Murder"
Best movie of 2014: "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
Best song of 2014: "Stay with Me" by Sam Smith
Hottest Instagram account: Nick Jonas (pictured above)
Most wanted man in the Grindr cascade: Zac Efron
Biggest social blunder of 2014: Justin Bieber's arrest
Next celebrity train wreck: "Kimye" – Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Biggest loss of 2014: Robin Williams
Best comeback of 2014: Legos
Hottest trend in 2014: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Must have holiday item for 2014: Money
Biggest prediction for 2015: Hillary Clinton announces presidential candidacy

After his hit TV show wrapped this year, winning a Tony and booked to host the Oscars in 2015, Neil Patrick Harris was voted as the gay icon of 2014 for the second year in a row by Grindr users. In addition, last year Justin Bieber was voted as the next celebrity train wreck, and it looks like Grindr guys have their finger on the pulse of pop culture because his arrest was voted as 2014's biggest social blunder. This means, according to users, 2015 will be a big year for Ryan Seacrest, "Kimye" and Hillary Clinton. Only time will tell, but if the last three years of Grindr's 'Best of Awards' are any indication, some of these predictions will likely come true.More than 1,100 Grindr users casted their votes between November 21 and December 1, 2014 for the 'Best of Awards.'

About Grindr:
Launched in 2009, Grindr is the premier all-male geo-social network that uses location-based technologies to bring together a global community with millions of active monthly users in 192 countries. Grindr also offers a fully loaded, premium subscription-based service called Grindr Xtra. Grindr Xtra strips away all of the banner advertising and gives users increased functionality and enhanced features such as push notifications, the ability to join three Grindr Tribes, unlimited blocks and the ability to see roughly 200 more local guys in the cascade. Grindr is currently available on the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry models. For more information about Grindr, visit Grindr.com, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Grindr, follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/Grindr and check us out on Instagram.com/Grindr.

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