Angry Birds, Wieden+Kennedy, Justin Bieber Among Webby Awards Winners
Flightless birds, the world’s smallest stop-motion character and a pop idol’s spoof ‘takeover’ of a popular humor website are among the winners of the internet, as judged by the Webby Awards.
The Webby Awards yesterday announced its winners for this year’s competition, with Wieden+Kennedy, Angry Birds and Justin Bieber among the more popular votes.
The ad agency won a total of four awards, among those prizes for the Dot commercial it produced for Nokia and the viral Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice campaign. In addition, Wieden+Kennedy was also awarded the Agency of the Year prize, adding on to similar titles conferred by Ad Age, Creativity Online and others.
Rovio’s Angry Birds capped a year of dominating app store downloads with both a Webby Award and People’s Voice win under the games for handheld devices category.
Bieber, too, managed to leverage on his massive online fan base to take home the People’s Voice award for his spoof video for Funny or Die (see above), his first Webby.
Elsewhere, young start-ups like Flipboard and Foursquare were also recognized, alongside perennial winners like The New York Times and ESPN. Other winners who picked up awards in multiple categories include Google Creative Labs (seven), @radical.media (five), Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (four), AOL (four), and TED.com (four).
“This year’s Webby winners exemplify the type of profound effect the internet is having on popular culture and the world at large,” Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies said in a statement.
“From Arcade Fire’s reinvention of the music video format with ‘The Wilderness Downtown’, or The New York Times’ coverage of revolution in Egypt and the Middle East, the internet is the driving force of change in the world today.”
For a full list of the winners, visit the Webby Awards website here.
[via Webby Awards]