List of Webby Award winners

This is a list of the people, companies or websites that won the annual Webby Awards presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. The Webby Awards have been dubbed the "internet's highest honor".[2]

The Webby Awards
Awarded for"Excellence on the Internet including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile content."[1]
Presented byInternational Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
First awarded1997


1997 was the first year of the annual Webby Award event, which was the first-ever nationally televised awards ceremony devoted to the Internet. 700 people attended the event on March 6, 1997 at Bimbo's Night Club in San Francisco, California[3] Whereas in later years the panelists were official members of International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, in 1997 the awards were chosen and given by IDG's The Web Magazine, which appointed a panel to judge the competition.[4]


The 1998 Webby Awards were held on March 6, 1998 at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts,[5] and were the first event ever to be broadcast live via the Web in 3D.[6] The "People's Voice" awards, chosen by online poll, received 100,000 cumulative votes that year.

The Web magazine, which was hosting the awards, was closed down by its parent company IDG shortly before the awards, and the ceremony continued thereafter under the management of Tiffany Shlain, who IDG had hired in 1996 to coordinate the awards.[4] The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was constituted that year as the judging panel for the awards, continues to do so as of the 2007 awards.


The 1999 Webby Awards were held on March 18, 1999 at the Herbst Theater (War memorial Opera House) in San Francisco, with a post-award party at City Hall.[7] That year, Mayor Rudy Giuliani lobbied to move the ceremony to New York City, but San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown convinced the organization to remain in San Francisco by promising city support. The event was noted for the famous incident in which a representative of, which had won in the arts category, called the event participants "Ugly corporate sons-of-bitches" in his acceptance speech and tossed his trophy to the audience.[8] In 1999 the Webby Awards asked PricewaterhouseCoopers to help it tabulate and ensure security for the "People's Voice" winners, chosen by online voting.[9]







Honorees at 9th Annual Webby Awards included:[10]

  • Webby Lifetime Achievement Award: Former Vice President Al Gore in recognition of the role he played in the development of the Internet over the past three decades[11][12]
  • Webby Person of the Year: Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist
  • Webby Artist of the Year: The Kleptones
  • Webby Breakout of the Year: Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield, the founders of Flickr

Webby Awards winners included Mercedes-Benz USA (Automotive), Google (Best Practices), Merck (Health), and Skype (Telecommunications).


Honorees at 10th Annual Webby Awards included:

  • Webby Breakout of the Year: and its founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe
  • Webby Artist of the Year: Gorillaz
  • Webby Entrepreneur of the Year: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet
  • Webby Person of the Year: Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The World is Flat: A Brief History of The 21st Century
  • Webby Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Robert Kahn, co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols, the technology used to transmit information on today's Internet
  • Webby Lifetime Achievement Award: Prince, for "visionary" use of the internet, and being the first major artist to release an album over the internet, Crystal Ball.


Honorees at 11th Annual Webby Awards included:

  • Webby Lifetime Achievement: David Bowie was honored for his career which has pushed the boundaries of art and technology – from Ziggy Stardust to BowieNet, the Internet service provider he launched in 1998, to BowieArt, a Web site that connects the new visual artists with art collectors worldwide.
  • Webby Lifetime Achievement: eBay President and CEO Meg Whitman accepted the award on behalf of the 150 million registered eBay buyers and sellers
  • Webby People of the Year: YouTube Co-Founders Steve Chen and Chad Hurley
  • Webby Artist of the Year: Beastie Boys were recognized for their 2006 concert film, "Awesome, I Fucking Shot That", which was filmed entirely by dozens of audience members using hand-held cameras provided by the group.
  • Two Special Achievement Awards for Acting were presented at the 1st Annual Webby Film and Video Awards:
  • Best Actor: "Ninja", the star of the online comedy series "Ask a Ninja"
  • Best Actress: Jessica Rose, star of the fictional video diary "lonelygirl15"


The 2008 Webby Awards took place on June 11, 2008 at the Citriani Restaurant event space on Wall Street in New York City.[13][14][15] Honorees at 12th Annual Webby Awards included:


Winners were honored at a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers in New York City on June 8.[16]


Honorees at 14th Annual Webby Awards included:


Winners were honored at a ceremony hosted by Lisa Kudrow in New York City on June 13 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

  • Webby for Best Drama in the Webby People’s Voice Awards of the Year: Urban Wolf.[19]
  • Welcome to Pine Point received two Webbys, for Documentary: Individual Episode in the Online Film & Video category and Netart in the Websites category.[20]
  • Watson, the computer which competed on Jeopardy!, was named Person of the Year.[21]
  • Webby for Best Individual Performance of the Year: Vincent Sze in Urban Wolf


Honorees at 16th Annual Webby Awards included:


Honorees at 17th Annual Webby Awards included:


Honorees at 18th Annual Webby Awards included:


Honorees at 19th Annual Webby Awards included:


Honorees at 20th Annual Webby Awards included:


Honorees at 21st Annual Webby Awards included:




In keeping with the awards themselves, winners are designated according to the website winning the award, although the winner is, technically, the web design firm that created the winning site and in the case of corporate websites, the designer's client. Web links are provided for informational purposes where the winning website or a follow-on remains available and can be found; the text used for the hyperlink is as listed on the past winner pages at and so on. Many older websites, however, no longer exist or are redirected to replacements and are so noted.


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  2. "Here Are The Winners Of The 21st Annual Webby Awards". Webby Awards. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
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  4. Carolyn Said (July 30, 1998). "The Woman Behind the Webbies:S.F., N.Y. woo Web award impresario Tiffany Shlain". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
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  6. Glenn McDonald (March 10, 1998). "1998 Webby Awards: Like the Oscars, Only Funny:San Francisco awards show honors the best Web sites in 19 categories". PC World.
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  9. "PricewaterhouseCoopers Address On-Line Balloting Issues for Webby Awards". Business Wire. March 17, 1999. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  10. 9th Annual Webby Awards Archived 2010-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  11. A.P. (5 May 2005). "Webby Awards not laughing at Gore's contribution to Net Former Vice President of the United States". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  12. Carr, David (8 June 2005). "Accepting a Webby? Brevity, Please". American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
  13. Caroline McCarthy (2008-06-11). "The Meta-Webbys: The awards for the best Webby acceptance speeches". CNet.
  14. Alex Woodson (2008-06-09). "Webbys lure top talent:Lorne Michaels on hand to pick up lifetime achievement". Fox News.
  15. Andrew Ramadge (2008-06-11). "Stephen Colbert thanks himself at Webbys". Archived from the original on 2008-06-12.
  16. Patrick Kowalczyk (2009-05-05). "WINNERS OF 13th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS ANNOUNCED". webbyawards. Archived from the original on 2009-05-09.
  17. Anderson, Kelly (31 July 2009). "Waterlife flows into the web". Playback. Retrieved 24 November 2010.
  18. "Waterlife wins Webby Award for best web documentary". International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27.
  19. "Urban Wolf winner of the Best Drama Webby Awards 2011". Archived from the original on 2011-04-14.
  20. Tony Lofaro (6 May 2011). "Old story told in new form". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  21. "IBM's Watson named 'person' of the year by Webbys". Associated Press. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  22. "Webby awards honour NFB, girls say video". CBC News. May 1, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
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