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WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS

Dear Class of 2020, Netflix, Color of Change, Apple, Ratatouille:The TikTok Musical, Pod Save America, The Daily Show, Hamilton Watch Party, The Social Dilemma, Spotify, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Marvel, We Are George Floyd, MTA, HBO Max, NASA, Black Entrepreneurs Day, The Root, LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork Campaign & NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts Among Those Receiving Internet’s Highest Honor

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Celeste Barber, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Ava DuVernay, Riz Ahmed, Gladys Brown West, Jose Andres, Amorphous, Among Us, Yara Shahidi, Andra Day & Stop AAPI Hate Announced as Webby Awards Special Achievement Honorees

Inaugural Webby Anthem Award Presented to Pharrell Williams for His Mission-Driven Work in the Areas of Education & Entrepreneurship

INTERNET CELEBRATION HOSTED BY JAMEELA JAMIL LAUNCHES AT 3PM ET
http://watch.webbyawards.com 

 

NEW YORK, May 18, 2021 – Oprah Winfrey, BTS, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Garner,  Jemele Hill, Christian Siriano, Katy Perry, Jay Shetty, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Rob Gronkowski, Gordon Ramsay, Kristen Bell, Dua Lipa and James Corden are among the winners of The 25th Annual Webby Awards. This year’s show is dedicated to honoring outstanding individuals, organizations and projects that found creative and innovative ways to use the Internet to help the world stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marking its 25th year, The Webbys once again honor a group of individuals for their outstanding work on the Internet this year with Special Achievement Awards. This year’s Special Achievement Winners are:

  • Webby Person of the Year Winner Dr. Anthony Fauci for using digital and social media to reach the masses with credible and factual COVID-19 information.
  • Webby Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Gladys Brown West for developing the mathematical model that mapped Earth, laying the groundwork for the modern Global Positioning System (GPS), which has become instrumental in the daily lives of people worldwide. West stands out as a role model for young Black women everywhere who see their brilliance and the possibilities of their own dreams through her accomplishments.
  • Webby Film and Video Person of the Year Winner Ava DuVernay for continuing to be a force for good in the entertainment industry with the launch of ARRAY Crew, a database to diversify Hollywood’s below-the-line talent.
  • Webby Social Movement of The Year Winner Stop AAPI Hate (Manjusha Kulkarni, Cynthia Choi and Russell M. Jeung) for using the Internet to effectively track and respond to incidents of hate and discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
  • Webby Best Actor Winner Riz Ahmed for his powerful work in the role of Ruben in the Amazon Prime film Sound of Metal.
  • Webby Best Actress Winner Andra Day for her incredible work in the Hulu biographical film The United States vs. Billie Holiday. 
  • Webby Special Achievement Winner Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for his phenomenal use of social media to connect with people, provide inspiration and motivation to millions of followers globally, and serve fans with new and exclusive content. Johnson uses his platforms to amplify important social issues and his power of celebrity for the greater good.
  • Webby Special Achievement Winner Jimir Reece Davis, aka Amorphous for breaking the Internet through his self-released mash-ups and for injecting the Internet with much-needed positivity through his new single “Sunshine.”
  • Webby Special Achievement Winner Celeste Barber for using her online platform to create a safe, body-positive digital forum on social media.
  • Webby Special Achievement Winner José Andrés for using his platform, both online and off, to tackle food poverty and insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Webby Breakout of the Year Winner Among Us for serving as the Internet’s “it” game that has kept players around the world connected, while at a distance.

“This past year, the Internet kept us together when the only option was being apart,” said Claire Graves, President of The Webby Awards. “Our connection has been everything, and our 2021 Winners are a testament to this. They have entertained us, helped us uplift one another, explained complex issues affecting our world and inspired global movements.”

Additionally, The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) launched two new Special Achievement Awards: 

  • The inaugural Webby Anthem Award to Pharrell Williams for his groundbreaking endeavors working towards racial equity in education and entrepreneurship by empowering a new generation of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Motivation (S.T.E.A.M.M.) through his non-profit, YELLOW, as well as supporting Black and Latinx business owners through his newest non-profit, Black Ambition. The Webby Anthem Award is named after the first-ever Anthem Awards, a new venture from The Webbys which will launch this summer. The Anthem Awards will honor the breadth of mission-driven work across causes in an effort to amplify the voices that spark global change. For more information visit: anthemawards.com
  • The inaugural Webby Advocate of the Year to Yara Shahidi for her longstanding commitment to utilizing the Internet and her influence to vocalize issues that impact the Black community and BIPOC communities at large, and educate her audience about political issues and the voting process. This first-ever Advocate of the Year Award was selected by a committee chaired by the NAACP and IADAS and honors an individual who uses their online platform to amplify their commitment to social justice advocacy. 

The Academy also announced Comedy Central as the Webby Media Company of the Year, for earning the most honors across all Webby categories and an impressive 14 wins overall. HBO, National Geographic, Condé Nast and CNN were among those in close contention for Webby Media Company of the Year.

Webby Winners are selected by the IADAS. Members include Co-founder of the Internet Vint Cerf; MOMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli; Host of NPR’s Code Switch Shereen Marisol Meraji; R/GA Global Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe; Co-Inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf; DJ and Founder, Club Quarantine D-Nice; Co-hosts of Desus & Mero on Showtime Desus Nice; SVP of Content at Twitch Michael Aragon; Twitter Senior Director, Product Design Richard Ting;  and Founders of VERZUZ Swizz Beatz and Timbaland. Two million votes were cast from Internet fans in more than 230 countries and territories around the world to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards.

KPMG provides vote tabulation consulting for The Webby Awards. To view the full list of Winners, please visit: winners.webbyawards.com. 

INTERNET CELEBRATION 

Hosted by actress, TV presenter, podcaster and activist Jameela Jamil, The Webby Awards’ star-studded Internet Celebration takes place today and celebrates the best work on the Internet. The Celebration features appearances by Webby Winners and a variety of celebrity presenters and special guests including author and host Padma Lakshmi, journalist Katie Couric, actor Uli Latufeku, journalist Gayle King, actress Naomi Watts, actor Paul Raci, Executive Chairwoman and CEO of the Mozilla Foundation Mitchell Baker, actress and singer Da’Vine Joy Randolph, among others to be announced.

Fans can watch the show and experience the hallmark 5-word speeches at watch.webbyawards.com starting at 3pm ET.  

2021 WINNER HIGHLIGHTS 

  • HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant won the Webby Award for Experience Marketing, Individual (Advertising, Media & PR). 
  • Spotify’s Get the Family On won the Webby Award for Best Music Supervision, Craft (Advertising, Media & PR).
  • Spotify’s Your 2020 Wrapped won Webby Awards for Best Branded Editorial Experience, Craft (Advertising, Media & PR); Viral Marketing, Individual (Advertising, Media & PR); Best Use of Data Driven Media, Media (Advertising, Media & PR); and  Integrated Mobile Experience, Mobile & OTT App Features (Apps and Software).
  • The Social Dilemma won the Webby Award for Politics & Advocacy, Branded Content (Advertising, Media & PR).
  • HBO Max won Webby Awards for Entertainment, General Mobile & OTT Apps (Apps and Software); Best Streaming Service, Mobile & OTT App Features (Apps and Software); Best User Experience, Mobile & OTT App Features (Apps and Software); and Best Visual Design – Function, Mobile & OTT App Features (Apps and Software). 
  • Oprah’s Book Club won the Webby Award for Arts & Culture, General Series (Podcasts). 
  • Pod Save America won the Webby Award for Interview/Talk Show, General Series (Podcasts). 
  • Jemele Hill is Unbothered won the Webby Award for Best Host, Features (Podcasts) and Diversity & Inclusion, General Series (Podcasts).
  • StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson won the Webby Award for Science & Education, General Series (Podcasts).
  • The Motherly Podcast: Kristen Bell gives us the motherhood advice we all need to hear won the Webby Award for Best Individual Episode, Features (Podcasts).
  • The Daily Show Podcast Universe won the Webby Award for Scripted Fiction, Limited-Series & Specials (Podcasts).
  • Spotify’s An Oral History of The Office won the Webby Award for Entertainment, Limited-Series & Specials (Podcasts).
  • Hamilton – Twitter Watch Party won the Webby Award Events & Livestreams, Social Content Series & Campaigns (Social). 
  • Color of Change’s #JusticeForFloyd Campaign won the Webby Award for Public Service & Activism, Social Content Series & Campaigns (Social). 
  • NASA won the Webby Award for Best Overall Social Presence – Brand, Features (Social). 
  • Jennifer Garner won the Webby Award for Celebrity/Fan, General Social (Social).
  • Gordon Ramsay & Ramsay in 10 won the Webby Award for Food & Drink, Social Content Series & Campaigns (Social).
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden won Webby Awards for Celebrity/Fan, General Social (Social) and Entertainment, General Social (Social). 
  • The Daily Show won The Webby Award for Best Overall Social, Features (Social). 
  • Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical won the Webby Award for Television & Film, Social Video (Social).
  • The Daily Show Bonus Tracks won the Webby Award for Interview/Talk Show, Social Content Series & Campaigns (Social).
  • Marvel’s Make Me A Hero: Real Heroes won the Webby Award for Arts & Entertainment, Social Video (Social).
  • The Daily Show Twitter won the Webby Awards for Humor, General Social (Social).
  • Dear Class of 2020 won the Webby Award for Events & Live Streams, General Video (Video).
  • The Root’s Unpack That won the Webby Award for Public Service & Activism, Video Series & Channels (Video). 
  • 2020 MTV Video Music Awards won the Webby Award for Events & Live Streaming, Social Video (Video). 
  • NBC Nightly News: Kids Edition won the Webby Award for News & Politics, Video Series & Channels (Video). 
  • We Are George Floyd won the Webby Award for Documentary: Shortform, General Video (Video). 
  • Daymond John’s Black Entrepreneurs Day won the Webby Award for Business & Finance, General Virtual & Remote (Virtual & Remote). 
  • NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts won the Webby Award for Music, Video Series & Channels (Video). 
  • BTS Carpool Karaoke won the Webby Award for Variety & Reality, General Video (Video).
  • Megan Thee Stallion x New York Times – Protecting Women of Color won the Webby Award for Best Editing, Performance & Craft (Video). 
  • Project Runway After Show featuring Christian Siriano won the Webby Award for Variety, Video Series & Channels (Video). 
  • DudeThoughts: A Day in the Life of a Road Musician won the Webby Award for Best Individual Performance, Performance & Craft (Video).
  • Momsplaining with Kristen Bell won the Webby Award for Comedy: Longform, General Video (Video). 
  • Dua Lipa’s ‘Hallucinate’ won the Webby Award for Animation, General Video (Video).
  • ‘Dua Lipa Has New Rules for COVID Dating’ won the Webby Award for Comedy: Shortform, General Video (Video). 
  • Fox News Is Worried About This Candidate won the Webby for Video Remixes/Mashups, General Video (Video).
  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won the Webby Award for Comedy, Branded Entertainment (Video). 
  • Kiswe Powers BTS’ Innovative Virtual Concert “Map of the Soul ON:E” won the Webby Award for Music, General Virtual & Remote (Virtual & Remote). 
  • Shaq’s Fun House vs Gronk Beach won the Webby Award for Sports, General Virtual & Remote (Virtual & Remote).
  • MTA won the Webby Award for Best Mobile User Experience, Mobile Specific Features & Design (Websites and Mobile Sites).
  • The Pandemmies won the Webby Award for Humor, General Websites (Websites and Mobile Sites).
  • Spotify’s Alone with Me won the Webby Award for Music, General Websites and Mobile Sites (Websites and Mobile Sites).
  • Life at Spotify won the Webby Award for Employment, General Websites (Websites and Mobile Sites). 
  • MasterClass won the Webby Award for Media Streaming, General Websites and Mobile Sites (Websites and Mobile Sites) and Best Streaming Service, Mobile & OTT App Features (Apps and Software).
  • Apple Arcade Homepage Takeover won the Webby Award for Best Homepage, Features & Design (Websites and Mobile Sites). 
  • iPad Air won the Webby Award for Best Use of Animation or Motion Graphics, Features & Design (Websites and Mobile Sites).
  • iPhone 12 won the Webby Award for Best Visual Design – Aesthetic, Features & Design (Websites and Mobile Sites). 

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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 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), NAACP, KPMG, MediaMonks, Kamp Grizzly, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, AIGA and Social Media Week.

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