Kanye West Wins Artist Of The Year Webby Award
Before jumping to conclusions, keep in mind that the Webbys are about influencing internet culture, not musical merit. Judging from that lens, The Life of Pablo was pretty damn successful. TLOP was allegedly streamed 250 million times on Tidal within 10 days of appearing on the streaming service, and when it finally became available to stream on other digital services, the mad rush of clicks was enough to push it to #1 based largely off of stream-equivalent sales. Pablo was also pirated over half a million times in one day. And the album may not have completely broken the internet, but it kept the worldwide web uncomfortably bent in near submission throughout the most fucked-up rollout of all time. So yes, Webby well-deserved.
We all know of ‘Ye’s complicated relationship with award shows when he or his friends don’t win, but he will reportedly attend the ceremony at Ciprinia Wall Street on 5/16 according to Rolling Stone. The awards ceremony will stream on-demand in its entirety on the official Webbys site the following morning.
UPDATE: As it turns out, Kanye didn’t actually show up to the ceremony to accept his award. But he did make an appearance in the form of a short pre-recorded video, in which he made the following speech (Webby speeches are supposed to be five words long): “I can’t stand short speeches.” Oh, that Kanye! Watch below.