The Best Five-Word Speeches at The Webbys
New York, May 16th, 2016
Nick Offerman hosted the 20th Annual Webby Awards in New York City. Winning a Webby is a huge honor, as it represents success on the Internet in various categories. This year there were 378 Webby Winners chosen from over three billion Internet users. Each Webby category has two winners: The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. The star-studded event included Spike Lee, Kara Swisher, and Michael Moore and celebrities like Jessica Alba, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian-West, Lena Dunham, Jeni Konner, and Youtube personality Tyler Oakley were all present to receive awards.
Webby Award Winners and Special Achievement Honorees had to follow certain conditions for their speeches upon receiving their awards: each speech could only be five words. This five-word rule is a tradition at The Webby’s, and the stars were kept in check by the host of the evening Nick Offerman.
Perhaps the most memorable speech of the night was given by Kim Kardashian-West who won the first ever Break the Internet Award. As the most Googled person in the world, Kardashian gave the crowd five words that seemed very on-brand: “Nude selfies til I die.”
While Kim may be known for her Instagram selfies her husband has a reputation for talking a lot at award ceremonies. Presented with the Webby for Artist of the Year, Kanye was able to keep his speech to the five-word minimum and it reflected his passion for talking: “I can’t stand short speeches.”
More memorable words came from the other special achievement honorees. Winning the category for Social Movement of the Year, The #BlackLivesMatter campaign had some fitting words to offer the audience: “Stay turnt: Black Lives Matter.” This is the first year for the social movement award and Spike Lee was the presenter.
The Agency of the Year award is one of the biggest honors at The Webby’s. This year, R/GA was chosen for the special achievement and the agency’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO Bob Greenberg. Greenberg borrowed copy from one of the agency’s award-winning Straight Outta campaigns: “I’m straight out of words.”
Other highlights from the event included a tribute to the legend and musician Prince in a live performance. Prince had previously won the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Bowie was also remembered in a GIF by Helen Green. The Bowie GIF was not the actual winner of the GIF of the Year category, but nonetheless it was mentioned as an honor to the Bowie legacy.