John C. Dvorak:
It's all very superficial and annoying. Awards, however, are often designed to be slightly controversial and draw attention. Otherwise, nobody would write about them. It's part of the game. So, a few editors decide on stupid nominees, bad winners, and weird anomalies, typically over lunch. Decades ago, I was in such a meeting and one of the managers rigged a specific award because he was getting laid by the "winning" company's PR representative. Whatever works.