Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld (in UT soon) among winners at Webby Awards
Mars Curiosity Rover, Google Maps for iPhone, Charlize Theron, HuffPost Live, and Frank Ocean are just some of the Webby winners that will be saluted alongside special achievement honorees including Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Spacey and Grimes, organizers announced today. Judges included Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone, Arianna Huffington and Instagram creator Kevin Systrom, and they selected The Webby Award Winners while Internet voters around the world chose the Winners of The Webby People's Voice Awards. The ceremony will be available to view on-demand in HD at watch.webbyawards.com beginning at 7 a.m. MT on May 22.
This year's ceremony will be hosted by Patton Oswalt. Here are some music and comedy-related winners, with descriptions provided by Webby officials:
Webby Person of the Year: Frank Ocean, the R&B music artist, will be honored for proving the power of the Web as a medium for cultural change when he published his letter "Thank You's" to his Tumblr. By challenging stereotypes historically engrained in the hip-hop and R&B music communities, Ocean brought a conversation about discrimination to the national dialogue. The launch of his debut album Channel Orange in parallel with the statement was a historic moment for both the music and social media industries, and for popular culture as a whole. Outstanding Comedic Performance: Jerry Seinfeld will be honored for his performance in the hit Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The 10-episode series, which chronicles the conversations between Seinfeld and his comedian friends, including Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin, and Larry David, demonstrated the continued merging of Hollywood-style entertainment with the Internet. Webby Artist of the Year: Grimes will be honored for a deep understanding of the Internet as not only a distribution platform for her music and art, but as a social tool to connect with fans through candid, meaningful dialogue. In 2012, on the strength of her breakthrough album Visions, she was on myriad "best of" lists and topped The Hype Machine's increasingly influential "Most Blogged Artists" list. Funny or Die earned two Webby Awards for its videos "Charlize Theron Gets Hacked" and "The Wire: The Musical."
The Onion earned its record 18th and 19th Webbys for Best Humor Website.Gaga's Workshop, pop sensation Lady Gaga's social media integration with her storefront at Barney's, was honored with the Celebrity/Fan Social Presence Webby Award. 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.