Winners of the 15th Annual Webby Awards were announced Tuesday, and amongst them were Justin Beiber, Arcade Fire, Jim Carry and Angry Birds.
Taking home his first Webby Award was Justin Bieber for the Comedy: Individual short or Episode category.
With the ever-growing presence of the Internet, the Webby Awards was established in 1996 to celebrate the crème de la crème in the world of the Internet.
The Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Arts and Sciences which is comprised of a 750-member body of intellectually diverse Web experts.
Amongst the members are political columnist Arianna Huffington, Beck, and writers from publications such as The New York Times, Wired, and Vibe.
The awards acknowledge excellence with two honors in each category -- The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award. In each category there are four entry types: Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video and Mobile & apps. The nominees and winners are selected by the Academy, while the online community determines the winner of the People's Voice Awards.
Fifteen winners were awarded within multiple categories. Amongst them were Wieden + Kennedy, picking up the Webby and People's Voice Award for the social media campaign starring Isaiah Mustafa as the Old Spice Guy.
They were also awarded the Agency of the Year award for having picked up the most wins and nominations across the board.
The iPhone app Angry Birds also won both the Webby and People's Voice Awards, which came as no surprise considering Angry Birds is the iPhone's top app download.
The comedy website Funny or Die won eight awards this year, including Jim Carrey's Presidential Reunion. Amongst the perennial winners were the New York Times and the Onion.
Winners will be presented with the Webby Award on Monday, June 13th, 2011. The ceremony will take place at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
This year's Webby Winners exemplify the type of profound effect the Internet is having on popular culture and the world at large, said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards, on the Webby Awards website.
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.