The Webby Awards is thrilled to recognize Solange as Artist of the Year in celebration of her remarkable use of the Internet as a force for promoting community and diversity. Not only is Solange one of the greatest artists of our time, but she’s also a true artist of the online generation. Solange has demonstrated her digital prowess in myriad ways, most notably with the website Saint Heron—her collaborative platform and online store for artists. Saint Heron is an unparalleled celebration of cultural diversity and the evolution of music; and it’s through this platform that Solange has provided a completely new and unique space for collaboration between artists, as well as a large audience for creative expressions by artists of color. Of course, Saint Heron is a natural extension for Solange, who regularly uses her Twitter account of nearly 3 million followers to celebrate diversity, and to promote racial and social justice. For her unique understanding of the power of the collaborative nature of the Internet, it’s our privilege to honor Solange as the 2017 Artist of the Year.