They were joined by the likes of R&B singer Beyonce, vacation
rental site Airbnb and Twitter Inc's video app Vine as
headlining winners of the awards, which will be celebrated next
month in New York.
The Guardian, a British newspaper, won the best website
practices award for its interactive online feature on the cache
of government documents leaked by former U.S. National Security
Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The Webby Awards recognize websites, online video, social media,
apps and interactive advertising.
The awards are given by the International Academy of Digital
Arts & Sciences. This year's judges include Kevin Spacey and
Dana Brunetti, producers of Netflix's Emmy-winning online drama
"House of Cards."
Every category in the Webbys has a "People's Voice" award
selected by a public vote. This year, about 500,000 people
Kickstarter, which lets groups and individuals fundraise online,
was honored as the "breakout" of the year in how it has made "crowdfunding"
a viable option for helping people get new projects off the
De La Soul, founded in 1987, was given the artist of the year
award for making its catalog of music available online for free
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Harvard professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, 52, was
awarded a lifetime achievement award for co-founding Creative
Commons, a copyright license system that makes it easier for
creators and users to share intellectual property.
Musicians Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and Pharrell Williams all won
Webbys for their online music videos. Beyonce was honored for her
website Beyonce.com while her rapper-husband Jay Z received a Webby
for his mobile phone app that let people download his "Magna Carter
... Holy Grail" album.
Other winners this year include satirical news website The Onion,
late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for best viral video for his
"Worst Twerk Fail Ever — Girl Catches Fire" prank, Airbnb as best
travel website, and Twitter's Vine as the best use of mobile and
best social media website.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Jan
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