beastie_boys.jpgThe legendary Beastie Boys will be honored as Webby Artists of the Year at the 11th Annual Webby Awards on June 5 in New York City. Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international honors for websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile content. This year, the Beastie Boys will be recognized for their 2006 concert film, Awesome, I Fucking Shot That. The innovative film was shot by dozens of audience members at one of the Beastie Boys concert using hand-held cameras provided by the group. “From the Internet to video to music, Beastie Boys have created a totally unique, two-way relationship with their fans,” says David-Michel Davis, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. “They embody the kind of collaboration and exchange of ideas that the web is all about.” The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital arts and Sciences, a 550-person group whose members include Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, political blogger Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein.