March 2, 2022 less than a minute read






Naomi Osaka, Adam McKay, Megan Rapinoe, Dr Jane Goodall, Bindi Irwin, Robin Roberts, Trevor Noah, LeVar Burton, Elmo, Winners, Special Achievement Honorees, and Presenters at Star-Studded Celebration Hosted by Jay Ellis.


NEW YORK, February 28, 2022 – Today, The Anthem Awards hosts its Inaugural Awards ceremony, brought to you by The Webby Awards, honoring social impact leaders and activists from around the world hosted by star of HBO’s INSECURE, the upcoming film Top Gun: Maverick, and host of The Untold Story: Policing podcast, Jay Ellis. 


Fans can watch the virtual Award Ceremony starting at 5pm EST/2PM EST at 


The very first Anthem Awards recognizes winners in seven distinct categories alongside Special Achievements that include; Naomi Osaka as Anthem Athlete of the Year, Adam McKay as Anthem Entertainer of the Year, Megan Rapinoe as the Anthem New Icon and Dr. Jane Goodall will be recognized for an Anthem Lifetime Achievement Award. The Inaugural Ceremony launched a new tradition of the Call To Action speech in which winners will share their distinct call for change. 


“Current global events give us pause to reflect on how important the social impact work being recognized today in The Inaugural Anthem Awards are to the world. 

We want to take a moment to say that while today is meant to be a day of hope, inspiration and celebration for the impact community, we also recognize that we are living through tumultuous times.  Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine,” said Jessica Lauretti, President of Anthem Awards.


Winner Call To Action Speeches Include: 


“Create Products for People of Color” – Naomi Osaka

“The Climate Crisis is not 80 years away, it’s right now.” – Adam McKay

“Cumulatively millions of ethical choices make a huge difference. Together we can change the world. Together we must.” – Dr. Jane Goodall

“Make equal pay a global reality” – Megan Rapinoe

“Messy conversations push us forward.” – Trevor Noah

“Black History is American History” – The New York Times

“I respect survivor but it’s all about thriving.” – Robin Roberts

“Invest in Climate Justice” – The Solutions Project

“The need for all Americans now to participate in our political process, is as great as it has ever been.” – LeVar Burton

“Playful learning for all children” – The Cast of Sesame Street

“America, ask a follow up” – Jordan Klepper (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah)

“Abortion is Healthcare” – Planned Parenthood

“Make Housing a Human Right” – The Zillow Group

We stand for a more equitable tomorrow, one where all people have a chance to thrive. And we believe that’s good business.” – TOMS

“We won’t stop until girls and women are equal everywhere.” – UN Foundation

“Fund Black, Queer, LatinX, Hispanic, Asian America, Pacific Islander, Native Women Founders.” – IFundWomen


The full list of Anthem Award winners can be viewed here.


To further celebrate, Anthem Winners organizers hosted a day long conference before the awards ceremony to share what is working on the ground. Catch the Fireside Chats from the Anthem Voices conference below:

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Instagram: @anthemawards


About The Anthem Awards:

The Anthem Awards, the Webby Awards newest initiative, was developed to recognize the breadth of social good work (online and offline) around the globe by honoring the organizations, brands, and people creating long-lasting impact; including, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Education, Art, & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology;  and Sustainability, Environment, & Climate. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF and XQ. Hopin is the Official Event Partner of The Anthem Awards. Anthem Voices is Sponsored by Omidyar Network.


About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, Omidyar Network, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG,  Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.