The 19th Annual Webby Awards last night, hosted by Hannibal Buress, honored a number of digital celebrities, from the stars of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” to the co-founder and CEO of Vice, Shane Smith.
Though Webby Award winners had already been announced, the ceremony itself, held at Cipriani Wall Street, had some highlights worth mentioning. For instance, the show ended by honoring Pat Quinn, the co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which swept across YouTube like a wildfire last year. You can watch the tribute below:
Other big mentions at the show included David Carr, the late New York Times columnist who covered media; Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt;” and Chelsea Peretti, who took her special achievement award for outstanding comedic performance and said, in her five-word speech (a required word cap for the award show), “The internet must be stopped.” You know what they say about biting the hand that feeds you, Chelsea…
Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks talked about net neutrality (“the good guys have won”), and the co-founders of Wired, Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe, were honored with life achievement awards. Meanwhile, Leo Burnett Toronto took home 11 Webbys, a record for a single campaign — the agency’s “#LikeAGirl” ad.
Also showcased were a group deemed the “Webby Fifty,” people particularly attuned to the internet including Vine’s co-founder Rus Yusupov and Refinery29’s co-founder and creative director, Piera Gelardi. For more on the digital world they help shape and this year’s Webby Award winners, check out the show’s dedicated YouTube channel.