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The 22nd Annual Webby Awards Nominee Announcement April 3rd, 2018
Netflix, Amazon Echo, AirBnB, The Infatuation, Lady Gaga, Ask Jelly, James Corden, Giphy, Pentatonix, NFL, and Selena Gomez Announced as 21st Annual Webby Award Nominees


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NEW YORK, April 4, 2017 – The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) today announced the Nominees for the 21st Annual Webby Awards, including Stranger Things, Google, ellentube, Pokémon Go, Spotify, and Quartz, as well as some of the year’s most talked-about personalities, including Beyoncé, Malcolm Gladwell, Residente, Grimes, Serena Williams, Michael Phelps, Coldplay, Grace Helbig, and Pharrell Williams.

All Nominees are eligible to win the Internet industry’s two most prestigious awards: The Webby Award, as selected by the Academy, and The Webby People’s Voice Award, voted on by the online public at Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards is open from now until Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 11:59 PM (PT).

IADAS members including Jimmy Kimmel, Making a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, Gimlet Media’s Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi will select the Webby Winners, which will be announced on Tuesday April 25th, 2017.

This year, Nominees addressed complex social issues, including gun violence, free speech, homelessness, women’s rights, cancer, climate change, domestic abuse, human trafficking, bullying, workplace discrimination, and the global refugee crisis, through powerful campaigns like #MoreThanMean, 25M2Syria, Girls of Paradise, Women’s Footprint in History, and Free the Speech.

“Webby Nominees are using the Internet in incredible ways to bring people together through humor, emotion, innovation, empathy, passion, optimism, and eccentricity—all of the elements that make for truly great Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “In a year marked by so much discord and divisiveness, The Webby Awards is honored to recognize the work and efforts of our Nominees as they explore new ways to use the Internet to inform our world and bring people together.”

In the midst of a highly contentious election year, it is no surprise that politics dominated the Internet in 2016 and this year’s Webby Nominees certainly reflect that, with The Washington Post, The Young Turks, The Guardian, The Messy Truth, Univision, Voter Information Project, The Axe Files, and Vice President Joe Biden recognized for their contributions.

The Webby Awards recognized several standouts this year across 10 new categories in Podcasts & Digital Audio, celebrating what has quickly become one of the most popular—and profitable—content and advertising media on the Internet. Inaugural Webby Nominees in Podcasts & Digital Audio include Women of the Hour, In the Dark, Modern Love, The Hilarious World of Depression, FiveThirtyEight, Science Vs, and My Dad Wrote a Porno.

A record number of media companies were recognized this year for their critical role in developing new content platforms and dynamic online experiences to bring to life the stories that captivated our hearts, minds, and attention. Media Nominees across a variety of categories include BuzzFeed, VICE Media, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, HBO, National Geographic, WIRED, The Hollywood Reporter, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, TIME, BBC, ESPN, Bloomberg, PBS, Quartz, Fatherly, Refinery29, and The Intercept.

With humor and levity as a unifying platform, some of the most entertaining viral videos and online series on the Internet were recognized as Webby Nominees this year, including Beyonce – “Formation,” Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Mean Tweets, Undercover Lyft, A Year in Space, Lebron: the Musical, Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – “Jolene, Chef’s Table, and Marty McFly & Doc Brown Visit Jimmy Kimmel Live. Noting the growing popularity of video consumption on social media channels, The Webby Awards launched a new category this year to celebrate the best in Social Video, recognizing Nominees including CNN Election 2016, The Best of Late Late Show Snapchat, Deep Instagram, 60 Second Docs, The Met 360 Project, Ask a Muslim Girl, and Rockets are Cool.

Many of the Online Ads nominated in the Advertising, Media & PR category received millions of YouTube views and social media shares, including AT&T’s The Unseen (BBDO New York), TacoBot (Deutsch), Field Trip to Mars (McCann New York), We Are America (R/GA), V Skills (TKT Sydney), SlowDown GPS (Forsman & Bodenfors), and Project Muze (Stinkdigital). Virtual reality (VR) also continues to grow in popularity as people look for new ways to experience and engage with content online. Nominees across the VR categories this year include IKEA Virtual Reality Showroom, Samsung Bedtime Stories VR, BBC Home: A VR Spacewalk, The People’s House, and Greenpeace: A Journey to the Arctic.

This year’s Webby Awards received a record-setting 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. From the thousands of global entries submitted to The Webby Awards, fewer than 9% were selected as Nominees. The organizations earning the highest number of nominations this year include: Google (16), Vice Media (15), Conde Nast (14), BBC (12), National Geographic (12), HBO (10), Washington Post (9), ESPN (9), New York Times (9), Airbnb (9), Squarespace (7), Buzzfeed (7), Intel (5), CollegeHumor (5), Spotify (5), GIPHY (4), and The Onion (4).

Winners will be celebrated at a star-studded ceremony held at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 15, 2017. This year’s show will be available on demand at the morning of Tuesday, May 16. The Webby Awards video channel will feature all the show highlights, including special performances and all the hallmark 5-Word Speeches from the night’s big Winners.

EY provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards. For a complete list of nominees and to vote for the People’s Voice Awards, please visit

21st Annual Webby Nominee Highlights:

Best Branded Editorial Experience (Advertising, Media & PR)

Pitchfork + Spotify – Inside Discovery

Gordon 24Ever

1800 Tequila & Billboard “Back to the Block”

Loewe 001

The Making of a Cult – Hulu’s The Path


Best Cause-Related Campaign (Advertising, Media & PR)

Girls of Paradise

#MoreThanMean – Women in Sports ‘Face’ Online Harassment

Be The Guy

Bullying in Virtual Reality


Don’t Smell Yourself Short


Best Event (Advertising, Media & PR)

Google Escape

Finger Licking Good


Art The Throne

A Table to End Hunger


Best Host (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People

99% Invisible

Mike Pesca for Best Host: “A Former Breitbart Star Takes On Steve Bannon”

See Something Say Something

The Axe Files


Best Overall Social Presence (Social)

National Geographic’s Social Presence

NASA’s Cassini Mission Social Media

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon / Social Experience

Game of Thrones

Old Spice Social


Best Use of Mobile Media (Advertising, Media & PR)

Can’t Stop


Like my addiction

Homeless 360

Hashtags for life


Best Web Personality/Host (Film & Video)

Joe Hanson – It’s Okay to be Smart

Good Mythical Morning

Kid President

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

Teaching Shane Dawson How to Make a


Best Writing (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

How to Be a Girl

The Gist with Mike Pesca: “Vote Jabba” (starts at 15:36, ends at 20:35)

Stuff You Missed in History Class

In the Dark

Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes


Celebrity/Fan (Websites)


Vanity Fair’s Vanities

Leon Bridges Website

Stranger Things Type Generator


Comedy: Individual Short or Episode (Film & Video)

The New iPhone is Just Worse

Tinder: The Superhero Movie

The Simpsons – 3 a.m.

Casual Sketch – Woke Bois, “White Male Feminist”

Epic Rap Battles of History: Wonder Woman vs. Stevie Wonder


Comedy (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

The Hilarious World of Depression

My Dad Wrote A Porno

2 Dope Queens

The Carson Podcast

The Last Podcast On The Left


Documentary (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

The man inside: Four months as a prison guard

In the Dark

The Kitchen Sisters Present

Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?

Missing Richard Simmons


Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)

Fandango App

Star Wars App


Sully: The 208 Seconds Experience


Experience Marketing (Advertising, Media & PR)

Nike Unlimited Stadium

“On the Go” – The New Yorker’s Innovators Issue Comes to Life in an Augmented-Reality Experience

The Field Trip to Mars

Meet Graham

The Sweet Jesus Confessional


Events (Social)

CNN Election Night 2016

Meeting the Moment > Real Madrid Champions League Final Campaign

2015-16 NBA All-Star Week

Sherlock Live

24 Hours of Le Forza


Fashion & Beauty (Social)


Glossier (Instagram)

J.Crew Men’s Instagram

Revelist Beauty & Style Vertical

Real Time Fashion Trends


Games (Mobile Sites & Apps)

Pokémon GO

Dots & Co


The Walking Dead No Man’s Land Mobile Game

Star Wars Arcade


Humor (Websites)

The Onion



The Daily Show: Black Trump – “They Love Me”

Funny Or Die


Interview/Talk Show (Podcasts & Digital Audio)

Another Round

The Gist with Mike Pesca: “Jesse Eisenberg, Part 2” (starts at 6:13, ends at 21:02)

The Axe Files

In The Thick

FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast


Music (Websites)




Eye of the Stormers

20FT Radio


News (Websites)

The New York Times

BuzzFeed News


The Washington Post

BBC Newstream


Public Service & Activism (Social)

Invisible Stories

Brutal Cut

Untasty Dishes

Genderless Nipples


Sports (Social)


WWE WrestleMania 32

NBA All-Star Coverage

NFL Thursday Night Football Live Stream on Twitter

World Surf League Social


Travel (Mobile Sites & Apps)

The New Airbnb App


Skyscanner app




Virtual Reality: Gaming, Interactive, or Real-Time (Film & Video)

The Field Trip to Mars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR



VR Power Trainer


Weird (Websites)

OMGYES *Note for Judges: May Contain Explicit Content*

Museum of Hotel Keys

Emoji Book

The Big Draw: Selling the Soviet Past

Napflix I Siesta Video Platform


Find The Webby Awards Online:



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Twitter: @TheWebbyAwards

Instagram: @TheWebbyAwards


About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Social, and Podcasts & Digital Audio. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 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: Google, Vitamin T, EY, YouTube, WP Engine, Advertising Age, Billboard, Creativepool, Daily Pnut, Digiday, FITC, General Assembly, It’s Nice That, Mashable, Northside Festival, NUMA, Protein, RGD, Social Media Week, SoDA, Springwise, Sysomos, Taste Talks, The Hollywood Reporter, TubeFilter, WeRSM, WNYC.

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