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The awards spanned the breadth of the Internet, including mobile apps such as Instagram and Pinterest that have disrupted social media, and entertainers charting new digital ground such as Louis C.K. and Bjork.
Bjork was named artist of the year. Last year, the Icelandic musician released the album “Biophilia” as a multimedia presentation of music and apps.
She was among the special recognitions named by the Webbys, which also cited the photo app Instagram as breakout of the year. It recently was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion.
In each of more than 130 regular categories, Webbys go to two winners: an official Webby award and a “people’s voice” pick chosen from online votes.
Actor Will Ferrell, who co-founded the comedy website Funny Or Die, won best individual performance for a video in which he reprised his impression of former President George W. Bush, reacting to Osama bin Laden’s death.
The Onion won for best humor website and its video arm, the Onion Network, earned best writing in an online video for its satirical morning TV show video.
The pinboard-style website Pinterest won for best social media app, as well as a people’s voice award for best functioning visual design. Best music app went to the streaming service Spotify.
One new category, people’s special achievement for social change, went to Facebook. The award, which was voted for online, honors “important Internet work that played an integral role in advancing and organizing the masses.”
The awards will be presented in a May 21 event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Patton Oswalt will host the awards, whose winners are famously restricted to five-word acceptance speeches.
Duran Duran to headline London Olympics concert
A concert to mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics will have a retro feel, with 1980s heartthrobs Duran Duran among the headliners.
Organizers said Tuesday that the band, which had hits three decades ago with songs including “Rio” and “The Reflex,” will represent England at the July 27 concert in London’s Hyde Park, which features acts from each of the four parts of the United Kingdom.
Lead singer Simon Le Bon said the show would be “one of the highlights of the last decade for us.”
The other headliners are Snow Patrol from Northern Ireland, Stereophonics from Wales and Scotland’s Paolo Nutini.
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