Webby Awards Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Issa Rae
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Issa Rae receives award onstage during The 23rd Annual Webby Awards on May 13, 2019 in New York City.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to spread, the 24th annual Webby Awards, scheduled to take place May 11 in New York City, have been canceled.

However, the Webbys will still honor the best of the Internet by announcing in the coming weeks the Webby People’s Voice public voting. The show will unveil its awards during an Internet celebration, and the winners will be able to deliver a hallmark Webby 5-Word Speech.

"Despite these changes and the current global environment, we are excited to celebrate this year's Webby Honorees, Nominees, and Winners. We’ve been working with some of the world's most creative people and companies to help guide what The Webby Awards will be in 2020 and are excited to unveil our plans soon," a statement from Webby Awards Executive Director Claire Graves reads.

"As always, we are committed to using our platform to help raise awareness for important global issues and civic engagement," the statement continues. "There has never been a more important time to harness the power of the Internet to connect, inform, and support people. If you or your organization are working on initiatives to help people at this time, please feel free to get in touch with me to see how we can share your work with the wider Webby community. Please feel free to email me directly at"

See the full announcement here.