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Tyler Oakley, Pentatonix, and more lead Webby nominations

A stacked deck for the 20th anniversary.


Christine Friar


Posted on Apr 5, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 11:53 pm CDT

Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Oscars of the Internet—the Webby Awards, and the nominees were announced Tuesday.

According to a press release, 2016’s show has been hit with new categories for innovations in virtual reality. Plus judges like “Jimmy Kimmel, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf and Crisis Text Line Founder Nancy Lublin” will select the winners, to be announced on April 26.

The Webbys committee received close to 13,000 entries from more than 70 countries this year, and less than 8 percent of those entrants were chosen as nominees. 

The winners will be presented at a ceremony in New York City Monday, May 16, and the show will be available to watch at the next day. 

Here are some 2016 nominee highlights: 

Animals (Social)

  • Catstacam

  • Doug the Pug

  • Goats of Anarchy

  • Jimmy the Bull

  • National Geographic Social Media

Best Overall Social Presence (Social)

  • CNN’s Social Media

  • Game of Thrones

  • Mashable

  • NASA Social Media

  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Best Podcast (Mobile Sites & Apps)

  • Reply All

  • Stuff You Should Know

  • 99% Invisible

  • The New Yorker’s podcasts

  • Re/code Decode with Kara Swisher

Best Use of Mobile Camera (Mobile Sites & Apps)

  • Giphy Cam


  • Splice

  • Heads Up!

  • Layout

Best Web Personality/Host (Online Film & Video)

  • Tyler Oakley

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

  • The Slow Mo Guys

  • Kid President

  • Carmelo Anthony

Celebrity/Fan (Websites)


  • One Direction: Made in the A.M.

  • Team Coco


  • Kendal Jenner

Comedy: Individual Short or Episode (Online Film & Video)

  • “Anaconda – The Education Version” (with Nicki Minaj)

  • “Go to College” music video (with First Lady Michelle Obama)

  • Dennis Quaid’s On-Set Freak Out: The Full Video

  • Fight Club for Kids” (with Chuck Palahniuk)

  • “Trumptastic Voyage” (The Simpsons)

Comedy: Longform or Series (Online Film & Video)

  • If Google Was a Guy

  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

  • Billy on the Street with First Lady Michelle Obama

  • “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets No. 9” (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

  • Epic Rap Battles of History

Culture & Lifestyle (Social)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Instagram

  • MoMA Instagram

  • Refinery29 Facebook

  • Tastemade Snapchat Discover

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Instagram

Entertainment (Mobile Sites & Apps)

  • Star Wars app

  • Marvel Unlimited

  • Saturday Night Live app

  • The A-Z of YouTube: Celebrating 10 Years

  • Phallania

Events (Social)

  • Coders vs. Cancer

  • #RugbyBattle

  • Instaconcert

  • The 69th Annual Tony Awards: An Integrated Digital Experience

  • The 16th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards – Social Media Celebration

Fashion & Beauty (Social)


  • Madewell Social Media

  • Kiehl’s Act Any Age

  • Lilly Pulitzer for Target

  • W magazine

Games (Mobile Sites & Apps)

  • You Must Build a Boat

  • Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes

  • Vainglory

  • Her Story

  • Two Dots

Humor (Websites)


  • Funny or Die

  • John Oliver – Leap Second

  • ClickHole

  • The Onion

Media Streaming (Websites)

  • 92Y On Demand

  • TED

  • HBO Now


  • Pluto TV

Music (Websites)

  • Triple J Hottest 100

  • Inside Abbey Road

  • Pitchfork

  • Spotify – Year in Music 2015

  • Beyoncé – Official Site

News (Websites)


  • The Guardian

  • Quartz

  • The Intercept


Public Service & Activism (Social)

  • Hurts Me Too

  • I Am A Witness

  • Kids Read Mean Tweets

  • #nofilter campaign

  • MTV’s Look Different campaign

Sports (Social)

  • Wall of Jordan

  • NHL #MyPlayoffsMoment

  • #SendBadLuck

  • Wimbledon 2015: Sharing the Moments that Matter

  • Gamedayplus

Virtual Reality: Gaming, Interactive or Real-Time (Online Film & Video)

  • Cardboard Crash VR for Google Cardboard

  • Insidious Chapter 3: Into the Further

  • House on Hallow Hill

  • William Hill: Get in the Race

  • The Neymar Jr. Effect

Weird (Websites)

  • Adventure Cats

  • Emoji Party

  • Run Wars

  • 2 Kinds of People

  • National Corndog Day

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*First Published: Apr 5, 2016, 5:48 pm CDT