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  • 29 April 2014, 13:19

Webby Awards For Pharrell And Kickstarter

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter, singer Pharrell Williams and travel website Airbnb have been honoured at the web version of the Oscars.

The Webby Awards recognise websites, online video, social media, apps and interactive advertising and have been compared to the Oscars.

Other winners included R&B singer Beyonce, Jay-Z Twitter's video app Vine and musicians Bob Dylan and Arcade Fire.

The awards, celebrated next month in New York, are given by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

This year's judges include Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, producers of Netflix's Emmy-winning online drama House of Cards.

Every category in the Webbys has a "people's voice" prize, selected by a public vote. This year, about 500,000 people voted.

Kickstarter, which lets groups and individuals fundraise online, was honoured as the "breakout" of the year.

The website makes crowdfunding a viable option for helping people get new projects off the ground, the judges ruled.

De La Soul, founded in 1987, was given the artist of the year award for making its music catalogue available online for free downloads.

Harvard professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig, 52, was awarded a lifetime achievement award for co-founding Creative Commons.

Creative Commons is a copyright licence system that makes it easier for creators and users to share pictures, videos and other content on the web.

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams picked up a prize for his 24-hour Happy music video.

Dylan and Canadian band Arcade Fire were also honoured for their online music videos.

Beyonce earned an award for her website Beyonce.com while her rapper-husband Jay Z received a Webby for his mobile phone app.

Airbnb, which puts people in touch with potential places to stay in other people's homes, won the best travel website.

Other winners this year include satirical news website The Onion and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel picked up an award for "best viral video" for his Worst Twerk Fail Ever - Girl Catches Fire prank.

The Guardian newspaper won the "best website practices" award for its interactive online feature on their Edward Snowden story.

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