With all the accolades surrounding his channel ORANGE album, Frank Ocean stands as one of the most in-demand and celebrated artists on the block.
If that weren’t enough, Ocean was recently named Person of the Year at the 17th Webby Awards, an annual ceremony honoring excellence in all Internet mediums. The ceremony is often referred to as the “Oscars of the Internet.”
Ocean’s honor stems from the letter “thank you’s” that he posted to his Tumblr account back in July. In this entry, Ocean famously addressed that his “first true love” was a man he met when he was 19.
A press release cites Ocean for his use of the web as a “medium for cultural change” and credits him with “challenging stereotypes historically engrained in the hip-hop and R&B music communities.”
Canadian indie artist Grimes also received an award as Artist of the Year due to her use of the web as not only a distribution outlet but as a “social tool to connect with fans through candid, meaningful dialogue.”
Other notable winners include Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Outstanding Comedic Performance), the 2012 Obama for America campaign (Webby Breakout of the Year), Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti for their role in creating the Netflix series House of Cards (Webby Special Achievement) as well as the Ken Marino-starring comedy web series Burning Love (Webby Special Achievement).
The star-studded ceremony will take place on May 22 via the Webby site.