updated 05/06/2008 AT 8:30 AM ET
•originally published 05/06/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
Here’s a newsflash with “truthiness” written all over it.
Stephen Colbert and will.i.am earned top honors at this year’s Webby Awards, the group announced Tuesday.
The awards – now in their 12th year and widely considered to be the “Oscars of the Web” – recognize excellence in Web sites, online film and video, interactive advertising and mobile Web sites.
Colbert, the irreverent host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, was named person of the year thanks to the “innovative way he has used the Internet to interact with fans,” a Webby rep said in a statement. One highlight? During his aborted presidential campaign, the host’s “One Million Strong for Stephen T. Colbert” Facebook group attracted more than 78 members per minute in its first week.
The Black Eyed Peas frontman scored another top award, winning artist of the year. His “Yes We Can” video – in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama – has been viewed more than 17 million times since it premiered online in February.
Most notably, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill (Superbad and The Office’s Rashida Jones won for comedy long form or series for Wainy Days on MyDamnChannel.com.
The winners will be honored during two ceremonies in New York City on June 9 and 10. The first show will be headlined by 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander and the second will feature Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers.