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16th Annual Webby Special Achievement Award Winners

About Webby Special Achievement Awards

The Webby Special Achievement Awards Honorees were presented by The Academy at the 16th Annual Webby Awards Celebration during the live online broadcast of the Show on May 21, 2012. See their 5-Word Speeches at

Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Webby Lifetime Achievement

Mayor Michael Bloomberg

The Webby Awards is proud to present Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a Webby Award for Lifetime Achievement. As the founder of Bloomberg L.P., Mayor Bloomberg demonstrated both keen engineering abilities and incredible foresight in the development of one of the first ever networked electronic media companies. Bloomberg L.P. provided online services more than ten years before the first Web server was every created. As Mayor of New York, Mr. Bloomberg continues to show his lifelong dedication to technology in his work to position New York as a digital and entrepreneurial capital that drives innovation for the entire country.

Louis C.K.
Webby Person of the Year

Louis C.K.

The Webby Awards is proud to honor Louis C.K. as Person of the Year, in recognition of his “Live at the Beacon Theater” online broadcast. By charging only a nominal fee to fans and cutting out the middlemen, Louis C.K. brought his comedy directly to his fans, demonstrating his genuine embrace of the DIY-nature of the Web and the spirit of openness that defines the Internet. Louis C.K. demonstrated unparalleled web-savviness with this distribution model, and coupled with his artistic vision and genius approach to delivering quality experiences to his fans, Louis C.K. has changed the game for the entire entertainment world.

Webby Artist of the Year


The Webby Awards is thrilled to honor Björk as Webby Artist of the Year in recognition of her album “Biophilia,” the world’s first “app album.” By embracing the technology of today and creating a new way to distribute her music, Björk bridged the Web and music in a unique and innovative way. Her ingenuity with this way of digital distribution not only demonstrates Björk’s full embrace of the Web and its democratic nature, but has also changed how fans and Internet users experience music.

Juliette Lewis and Graydon Sheppard
Best Actresses of the Year

Juliette Lewis and Graydon Sheppard of "Sh*t Girls Say"

Juliette Lewis and Graydon Shepard will be honored with a Special Achievement Award as Best Actresses for their performances in the Internet sensation "Sh*t Girls Say." Based on the eponymous Twitter account, the hilarious videos not left their mark on Internet culture (receiving nearly 25 million views to date), but also served as the inspiration to countless of iterations from users across the globe, embodying the very spirit of the Web’s open-source ethos.


Webby Breakout of the Year


The Webby Awards is excited to present Instagram as Webby Breakout of the Year in recognition of the social photo-sharing app’s enormous proliferation and popularity. Instagram has completely transformed the way people take and share photos on their mobile devices, furthering the democratization of photography on the Web.

Webby Agency of the Year


BBH is the winner of the Agency of the Year Award in the 16th Annual Webby Awards. The Agency of the Year Award recognizes the most successful agency across all Webby categories including interactive advertising, websites, mobile sites, and online film and video. With nearly 10,000 works entered from all 50 US states and over 60 countries around the world and nearly one million votes in the Webby People's Voice Awards, the 16th Annual Webby Awards is the biggest in our history and continues to be the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.