Monday night (May 19), the Webby Awards hosted its 18th annual awards ceremony, honoring pioneers of a free and open internet, at Cipriani’s Wall Street. The Webbys celebrate excellence on the Web and the event saw many high-profile award recipients and guests, including: legendary hip-hop trio De La Soul, Orange is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling and Natasha Lyonne, street artist Banksy, legendary musician Patti Smith, NBA player Jason Collins, esteemed journalist Charlie Rose, and intellectual property activist Lawrence Lessig.
“This is like the Oscars for the internet. It’s quite an honor,” said Wendi McLendon-Covey star of the hit series The Goldbergs. “A lot of these people, they’re not celebrities, but they have worldwide fame because something has gone viral and that’s a big deal.”
The star-studded awards show not only celebrated this year’s winners, but commemorated the Web’s 25th anniversary. Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, gave an impassioned speech about the hotly debated topic of net neutrality declaring, “The Internet has got to be free and open and neutral.” He brought the audience to their feet with three simple words, “Up to us.”
George Takei, People’s Voice winner of best Online Film & Video, was ecstatic. “Well from 1-10 we’re at a 20! That’s how excited we are.” The beloved actor expressed his enthusiasm for the recognition saying, “It is an honor to be recognized for the energy and ideas that we put into a project and to have it recognized by the people.”
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Congratulations to all the winners!
Monday night (May 19), the Webby Awards hosted its 18th annual awards ceremony, honoring pioneers of a free and open internet, at Cipriani’s Wall Street.