NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Viral sensation Obama Girl and satirical political corruption fighters Swift Kids for Truth along with Web sites for the New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR) have been nominated for Webby awards.
Dubbed "the Oscars of the Internet," the 12th annual Webby Awards, which honor excellence on the Internet, feature a diverse range of Web sensations from viral videos, activist and non-profit Web sites and social network portals to music, video and comedy.
"This year more than ever, we've really begun to see the Internet live up to its early promise of empowering people," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards.
"Many of this year's nominees are taking politics and advocacy to an entirely new level, making it more fun, meaningful, and exciting than ever before," he added in a statement.
Winners of the awards will be announced on May 6 in New York.
Obama Girl, who rose to fame with her musical ode to U.S. Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, "I got a crush on Obama," competes for best viral video with deep voiced singer and composer Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain," and "Tony vs. Paul" a video of a fight made in stop motion.
Irish music show "BalconyTV," featuring bands playing on a balcony, is also nominated in the category, as is Silicon Valley spoof "Here Comes Another Bubble" by Richter Scales.
News and article sharing site Digg and social networking heavyweight Facebook are nominated for the Best Practices award, viewed as probably the top award as it focuses on excellence in design, content, and technology.
They are up against last year's winner, photo sharing portal Flickr as well as NYTimes.com, the online site for the New York Times, and user review site Yelp.
Facebook is also nominated in the social networking category, competing with Bebo, and up-and-coming sites ChangeEverything.ca, Flock The Social Web Browser and Ning.
NPR.org, the web site for National Public Radio, and NYTimes.com have the most nominations, with eight each. Satirical newspaper The Onion has six nominations, followed by Hometown Baghdad, an online documentary series shot by an all-Iraqi crew in Iraq, with four nominations.
PBS.org, the Web site for public television network PBS, also has four nominations. Web sites for Apple, The BBC, CNN, and The Guardian newspaper all have three nominations, as does Flickr, comedy Web site SuperDeluxe.com and personal lending site Zopa.com.
Reporting by Karen Brettell; editing by Patricia Reaney