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23rd Annual Webby Awards May 14, 2019

ICYMI: Best of the 23rd Annual Webby Awards

Catch up on the best moments of the 23rd Annual Webby Awards—and check out #Webbys everywhere on social for more highlights!

The 23rd Annual Webby Awards (also known as the Internet’s biggest night) happened on Monday, May 14th, and it was incredible!

From host Jenny Slate‘s hilarious monologue to Tracy Morgan repping The Bronx while presenting to Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, to a powerful moment honoring climate justice activist Greta Thunberg and #FridaysForFuture, it was an event for the digital history books!

See our recap below on the show’s best moments, check out #Webbys across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook—and watch the full show here!

Best of the 23rd Annual Webby Awards

Catch up on the best moments of the 23rd Annual Webby Awards—and check out #Webbys everywhere on social for more highlights!

We Can't Get Enough of Jenny Slate

Our incomparable Webby host Jenny Slate had the crowd in stitches with her opening monologue on everything from the deep and “traumatic” ways marijuana has impacted her brain, to her many voice acting roles, to her tech support skills, and more.

Issa's Webby Win Is Anything But Little

In a moment that made all of our hearts swell, Luke James took the stage to present the Webby Video Person of the Year to his Little co-star Issa Rae, for her impressive use of the Internet to showcase video work made by creatives of color with Issa Rae Productions!

All Hail Michael Douglas

Hollywood royalty Michael Douglas accepted a Webby Special Achievement Award for his performance as Sandy Kominsky in the breakout Netflix show, The Kominsky Method. The Webby was presented with love by his on-screen daughter Sarah Baker.

Tierra Whack Keeps Elevating

Whoa, Whoa! Major Philly moment!

In a passing of the torch, Legendary rapper Freeway presented Tierra Whack with the Webby Artist of the Year Award for breaking the Internet with her genre-bending audiovisual album Whack World.

She has a message buried in her 5-Word Speech (can you find it?): “Weird, hype, and creative kids.”

Overcoming Bullies, One Speech at a Time

Conversations with People Who Hate Me host Dylan Marron took the stage to present to Monica Lewinsky for her Webby-winning anti-bullying campaign with BBDO New York, #DefyTheName. With her 5-Word Speech, Lewinsky called upon all of us to spread kindness and compassion.

The Brand Is Webby-Winning

Get ready to laugh. Legendary comedian Tracy Morgan shouted out The Bronx, and Desus Nice and The Kid Mero‘s hustle as he presented them with a Webby Special Achievement Award for their game-changing online talk show series DESUS & MERO.

We know you want to hear their 5-Word Speech.

Hasan Has a Few Choice Words

Daily Show correspondent Desi Lydic presented comedian Hasan Minhaj with his Webby Special Achievement Award for his breakout Netflix show Patriot Act. Minhaj’s 5-words? See for yourself.

Vint Cerf Honors 50 Years of Internet

Our dearest Internet turns 50 years old this year. So, Webby Lifetime Achievement Winner and father of the Internet, Vint Cerf delivered remarks on why Webby Winners and attendees should continue to make the Internet safe, secure, and advantageous for all of us.

Well said, Vint.

Why Our Climate Needs Justice

In an important moment, youth climate activists Alexandria Villaseñor and Spencer Berg joined journalist David Wallace-Wells on stage to honor Greta Thunberg with the Webby Social Movement of the Year Award, and to urge everyone in the room to act in meaningful ways to save our planet and future generations from the irreversible effects of climate change.

How to be a Unicorn, by Emily Weiss

Glossier Founder and CEO Emily Weiss accepted her Webby Entrepreneur of the Year Award—presented by Elaine Welteroth—for breaking multiple barriers with her direct-to-consumer beauty brand.

Gritty: The Mascot You Need

Webby Winner and the Internet’s favorite mascot, Gritty of the Philadelphia Flyers, accepted his Webby Award in the perfect way: with crazy eyes, hip shaking, and a lot of enthusiasm!


We told you, the 23rd Annual Webby Awards was epic—and there’s still much more to see. Watch the full show at wbby.co/watch and check #Webbys across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for all the best moments.

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