*First Lady Michelle Obama is among the vast and diverse list of nominees for The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences Webby Awards, which this year marks its 20th anniversary honoring the web’s funniest clips, memes and music videos and the award’s latest category: virtual reality.
FLOTUS’ appearance on “Funny or Die” with Billy Eichner earned her a nomination (scroll down to watch), which follows President Obama’s nomination in 2015 for his “Between Two Ferns” episode with Zach Galifianakis.
Drake’s widely meme’d music video “Hotline Bling” is up for a “People’s Special Achievement” Webby, along with Snapchat, Netflix, WhatsApp and Slack.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony received a nod for Best Web Personality/Host for his web series “Stay Melo.” He’ll compete against YouTube celebrity Tyler Oakley and Jerry Seinfeld for “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Viral hits like Tracy Morgan’s “A Christmas Miracle” and the Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke” are also up for Webby Awards this year.
“This class of 20th Annual Webby Nominees, both veterans and newcomers alike, continues to challenge convention and transform the world in ways we could have only imagined in 1997,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “The Webby Awards has celebrated inspiring talent and visionary innovation on the Internet,” he added.
The winners will be selected by a panel of judges, including Jimmy Kimmel, The Roots’ Questlove and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The winners will be announced on April 26, and awarded on May 16 at a special ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street.
To vote, visit webbyawards.com. Polls will close on April 21.