18th Annual Webby Award Winners Announced


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Jay Z, Google, Pharrell, Mashable, Vine, QuizUp, Medium, Zach Galifianakis & Justin Bieber, Vice Media, Will Ferrell, Arcade Fire, Among Those Receiving Internet’s Top Honor
Lawrence Lessig, Kickstarter, De La Soul to be honored among special achievement honorees
NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 – The Webby Awards announced today that Will Ferrell, Jay Z, Medium, Google, Netflix, Mashable, Vine, QuizUp, Zach Galifianakis & Justin Bieber, and Airbnb are among the Winners who will be celebrated at the 18th Annual Webby Awards on Monday, May 19, 2014. This year’s Winners will be recognized alongside Special Achievement honorees, Lawrence Lessig, Kickstarter, De La Soul, Freddie Wong, and The Jamaican Bobsled Team.

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) judges – including Tumblr founder David Karp, Arianna Huffington, and House of Cards producers Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions – selected the Webby Award Winners for outstanding achievement across multiple categories. 500,000 Internet fans from over 200 countries and territories around the world cast their votes to choose this year’s Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards, with Vice Media (7) Google (5) and Tumblr (4) earning the most People’s Voice wins.

Hosted by critically acclaimed actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, this year’s star-studded awards show at Cipriani Wall Street will be available to watch On Demand at beginning at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Every year, IADAS celebrates the distinguished work of individuals who demonstrate exemplary commitment to digital innovation by honoring them with Special Achievement Awards. This set of outstanding individuals and breakouts will join the ranks of Al Gore, David Bowie, Tim Berners-Lee, Amy Poehler, and Jerry Seinfeld. They are:

Webby Lifetime Achievement: Lawrence Lessig will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for his monumental work in intellectual property through political activism and the co-founding of Creative Commons.

Webby Breakout of the Year: Kickstarter, will be honored as the Breakout of the Year in 2014 for proving the immense power of crowdfunding and forever changing the way we invest in and launch new and innovative projects.

Webby Artist of the Year: De La Soul will be honored with a Special Achievement Award for their bold decision to bypass restrictive copyright regulations regarding sampling by offering their entire discography for free download and showing its fans that hearing the music is more important than paying for it.

Webby Athlete of the Year: The Jamaican Bobsled Team: will be honored as Athlete of the Year for crowdfunding their trip to the Sochi Olympics – a dream which wouldn’t have come true if not for the generosity of the donating public and the viral power of the Web.

Entertainment highlights from the 18th Annual Webby Awards Winners include:


  • Jay Z’s Magna Carter Holy Grail App won the Webby Award in the Best Music App category.
  • Beyonce won the People’s Voice Award in the Celebrity Fan Category for
  • Pharell Williams won the Webby and People’s Voice Award in the Best Use of Interactive Video category for his “24 Hours of Happy.”
  • Funny or Die won three awards including the Webby and People’s Voice Award for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and Justin Beiber” in the Best Comedy: Long Form or Series category.
  • Arcade Fire won the Webby and People’s Voice Award for “Just a Reflektor” in the NetArt Websites category and a Webby in the Best Music (Film and Video) category.
  • Bob Dylan won the Webby Award in the Best Video Editing category for his “Like a Rolling Stone Interactive Music Video.”
  • Jimmy Kimmel won the Webby Award in the Best Viral Video category for his “Worst Twerk Fail EVER: Girl Catches Fire Prank.”
  • The Onion earned it’s record 20th and 21st Webby Awards in the Best Humor category.
  • Conan O’Brien won three awards including the Webby Award for the Team Coco Sync App in the Handheld Devices Entertainment category.
  • Mario Batali won the Webby Award for Best Celebrity Website.


Other highlights from The 18th Annual Webby Awards winners include:


  • QuizUp: Best Social Gaming (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Handheld Game (People’s Voice Award)
  • Vine: Best Use of Mobile (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Social Media Website (Webby Winner)
  • Medium:Best User Experience (Webby Award), Best Visual Design– Function (Webby and People’s Voice Award)
  • Artsy: Best Art Website (Webby Award)
  • Red Bull: Best Variety Channel (Webby Awards), Best Sports Website (People’s Voice Award)
  • Vimeo: : Best Visual Design — Function site (People’s Voice Award), Best Entertainment Channel (Webby and People’s Voice Award)
  • Dots: Best Visual Design– Aesthetic in Mobile (Webby Award), Best Mobile Game (Webby Award)
  • Vsauce: Best News and Information– Video (People’s Voice Award)
  • Squarespace: Best Visual Design– Aesthetic Website (Webby Award), Best Web Services & Applications Website (Webby & People’s Voice Award)
  • Refinery29: Best Fashion & Beauty Website (Webby and People’s Award), Best Email Newsletter (Webby Award)
  • Mashable: Best Business Blog Website (Webby and People’s Voice Award)
  • J. Crew: Best Fashion & Beauty in Social (Webby Award)
  • The Guardian’s NSA Files: Decoded: Best Website Practices (Webby Award)
  • Airbnb: Best Travel Website (Webby Award), Best Travel App (Webby Award)


Winners of multiple awards include, among others:


  • Ted (6) Best Education & Reference & Apps (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Education & Discovery in Social (People’s Voice Award), Best Events & Live Webcast Video (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Variety Video Webby Award)
  • Tumblr (6) Best Community Website (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Social Website (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Social Media Website (People’s Voice Award), Best Corporate Communication Websites (People’s Voice Award)
  • The Scarecrow (5) : Best Mobile Game or Application (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Animation Video (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Integrated Campaign (People’s Voice Award)
  • Squarespace (4): Best Web Service & Application Websites (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Home/Welcome Page in Websites (Webby Award), Best Visual Design — Aesthetic Websites (Webby Award)
  • (3) Best Websites Magazine (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Writing in Websites (People’s Voice Award)
  • Quiz Up (3) Best Mobile Social Game (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Mobile Games (People’s Voice Award)
  • Vine (3) Best Use of Mobile Video (Webby and People’s Voice Award), Best Social Media Websites (Webby Award)
  • Pandora (3) Best Music Websites (People’s Voice Award), Best Mobele Media Streaming Service (People’s Voice Award), Best Mobile Music App (People’s Voice Award)


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About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps, and Social. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft, Dell, Vitamin T, MailChimp, Engine Yard, Funny or Die, AdAge, Percolate, BuzzFeed, Mashable, HLN, Business Insider, Internet Week New York and Guardian News and Media.

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