The year’s biggest pop culture and Internet sensations – from Angry Birds, Groupon, the Old Spice Guy, and Justin Bieber to Arcade Fire, The Bed Intruder Song, SoundCloud, and Flipboard – are among the nominees announced today for The 15th Annual Webby Awards.
The high-caliber and diverse scope of the nominees reflects how the Internet has become the driving force shaping everything from entertainment to business. Now in its 15th year, The Webby Awards is the world’s leading honors recognizing achievement in Websites, online film and video, mobile and apps, and interactive advertising and media.
In addition to Academy judges like Martha Stewart, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and Arianna Huffington selecting Webby Awards winners, starting today millions of people around the world will also help decide who takes home a Webby by voting in The Webby People’s Voice Awards presented by AOL. The public has until April 28th to vote at http://webby.aol.com.
Winners will be announced on May 3rd and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 13th, where they will deliver five-word speeches in the tradition of past victors like Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote.”) and Jimmy Fallon (“Thank God Conan got promoted”). The ceremony will be broadcast live online; viewers at home will have not just a front row seat, but the ability to participate and shape the show as it unfolds.
Many of this year’s nominees represent the sweeping impact of mobile and tablet devices on both culture and commerce, from gaming (Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja) to social networking (foursquare and Flipboard) to entertainment (SoundCloud) and community (Twitter).
Projects featuring a dizzying array of actors, comedians, and musicians, as well as newly minted Web stars, also earned Webby nods. Nominees range from superstars like Justin Bieber (“Justin Bieber Takes Over Funny or Die”), Lisa Kudrow and Meryl Streep (“Web Therapy”), and Jim Carrey (Funny or Die’s “Presidential Reunion”) to Internet breakouts like Antoine Dodson and Auto-tune the News (The Bed Intruder Song) and Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice Response Campaign) to indie favorites like OK Go for “This Too Shall Pass” and Arcade Fire for “The Wilderness Downtown,” its groundbreaking interactive music video.
Nominees earning multiple nominations include NYTimes.com (18), Funny or Die (10), Google Creative Lab (8), The Guardian (6), BBC (6), CNN (6), NPR (5), MLBAM (5), and TED (5).
“If you want to check the pulse of popular culture, look no further than this year’s Webby Awards nominees,” said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “Over the past year, the nominees have dominated conversation, entertained us, changed how we work and play, and fueled our imaginations.”
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