UMe has won three awards at the 2022 Webby Awards after being shortlisted six times this year.
The label picked up trophies in the Video – Diversity & Inclusion category for the lyric video for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” while it was also triumphant in the Video – Best Writing field with the mini-series The Get Down: The Influence Of James Brown.
UMe’s final award for 2022 was in the Video – Music category, receiving the honor for the “Rebel Music” episode of the documentary series Bob Marley LEGACY.
Although the winners have already been announced for the 2022 Webby Awards, an in-person ceremony will also be held in New York City on May 16, celebrating all of this year’s victors.
The “Rebel Music” episode of the Bob Marley LEGACY documentary series was released in September and served as the eighth instalment in the 12-part exploration of the iconic musician’s life and career. That episode in particular featured 29 luminaries and family members sharing insights about the history and impact of Marley’s political and social activism.
The Get Down: The Influence Of James Brown featured three parts, with the final one premiering in February 2021. The featurette explored “The Payback,” Brown’s third most-sampled song. Narrated by the legendary artist, composer, and musician Patrice Rushen, this episode explores the story behind how the ultimate revenge song was created and the numerous samples and influence it’s had on hip-hop’s musical culture.
Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” lyric video, meanwhile, was released last year as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the seminal album of the same name. Other ways the record’s milestone moment was honored included a new vinyl edition of the album, a TV special, a Grammys tribute, and more.