De La Soul

The results of the 18th annual Webby Awards are in, selected by an International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) panel including Ariana Huffington, Kevin Spacey, and Tumblr founder David Karp. Among the internet awards ceremony’s musical honorees are Arcade Fire, Jay Z, Pharrell, Beyoncé, and Bob Dylan. De La Soul (pictured) was named Webby Artist Of The Year for putting their entire discography online as a free download. Kickstarter won for Webby Breakout Of The Year, while Freddie Wong won a Special Achievement award for crowdfunding his YouTube series. Professor Lawrence Lessig won a Lifetime Achievement award for his work in Creative Commons law. Here are some of the other music-oriented winners from a press release:

  • Jay Z’s Magna Carter Holy Grail App won the Webby Award in the Best Music App category.
  • Beyoncé won the People’s Voice Award in the Celebrity Fan Category for Beyonce.com.
  • Pharrell Williams won the Webby and People’s Voice Award in the Best Use of Interactive Video category for his “24 Hours of Happy.”
  • Funny or Die won three awards including the Webby and People’s Voice Award for “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bieber” in the Best Comedy: Long Form or Series category.
  • Arcade Fire won the Webby and People’s Voice Award for “Just a Reflektor” in the NetArt Websites category and a Webby in the Best Music (Film and Video) category.
  • Bob Dylan won the Webby Award in the Best Video Editing category for his “Like a Rolling Stone Interactive Music Video.”

The Webbys ceremony, hosted by Patton Oswalt, will be available on demand at webbyawards.com beginning at 9 a.m on 5/20.

[Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images.]

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  1. If anyone’s wondering who won the Webby for best Music website, that honor went to something called “LSO Play” which allows you to virtually experience orchestra… or something. NPR, Pandora and Pitchfork were also nominated, as well as the live music video archive Moshcam.

    Ariana Huffington made a speech about how Stereogum was almost nominated, but the giant McDonalds ad landed it under the Food & Drink category instead.

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