ACTRESS, ADVOCATE AND HOST JAMEELA JAMIL TO HOST THE 25TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS
The Event Will be a Star-Studded Virtual Celebration of the Best of the Internet Set for Tuesday, May 18
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(New York) April 15, 2021 – The Webby Awards announced today that multi-talented actress, writer, podcaster, host and advocate Jameela Jamil will host the 25th Annual Webby Awards on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
This year’s Webby Awards, which garnered a record-breaking number of entries from all over the world, will celebrate the best of the Internet and honor the work of the Winners who created some of the most memorable projects on the Internet this year. Fans will be able to watch the star-studded, virtual show on-demand on May 18 at www.webbyawards.com. As host, Jamil will open the show and keep tabs on Winners’ 5-word acceptance speeches, a trademark of the annual awards ceremony. All Webby Winners will be announced earlier the same day.
“I’m obviously no stranger to the Internet and social media,” said Jamil. “And that’s why I’m so excited to host this year’s show and celebrate those who dare to make the Internet a better, more positive place for us all.”
A first-time host to The Webby Awards, Jameela’s work embodies the breadth of the work honored by the Webbys. In addition to several star roles, most recently as Tahani on the popular hit show The Good Place, Jameela is also an advocate who uses the Internet to bring global impact to her work; In 2018 she launched a movement and activism platform called I Weigh. What started as an idea and an Instagram page became a platform and community of changemakers who come together to share ideas, experiences and ultimately mobilize activism. In April 2020, I Weigh launched the successful podcast with Earwolf titled ‘I Weigh with Jameela Jamil’ where Jameela speaks to guests about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. In May 2020, the I Weigh platform expanded onto YouTube to bring viewers fresh, original content to keep everyone informed and inspired with a mix of interviews, BTS, mini-docs, and round table discussions. Jameela also starred as the voice of Auntie Pushpa in the Disney series Mira, Royal Detective as well as in Netflix’s series Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous. In addition, she is the host of the TBS game show THE MISERY INDEX and one of the judges on HBO Max’s competition show LEGENDARY.
“Jameela Jamil is the perfect Webby host – she is 100% ‘Of the Internet,’” said Claire Graves, Executive Director, The Webby Awards. “She represents many of the things we hold sacred at the Webbys; genuine hilarity, a mission to make the world better, and an authentic connection with her fans. We’ve been huge admirers of Jameela’s work and advocacy for years and we’re so excited to welcome her to our virtual stage for this hallmark year.”
The 25th Annual Webby Award Nominees will be announced on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, when voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards opens at www.webbyawards.com.
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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; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Marketerhire (Official Career Partner) KPMG, MediaMonks, Kamp Grizzly, BASIC, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, AIGA and Social Media Week.
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