Yesterday, the PS22 Chorus accepted its Webby Special Achievement Award as Artist of The Year! The ceremony was held at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, and was hosted by B.J. Novak of The Office. (It was beyond cool to hear him say that the cast of the show sits down to PS22 Chorus videos!) R&B icon Ne-Yo presented the chorus their award as you can see from his introduction here.
Then the kids took the stage to receive one of the few standing ovations of the evening! And certainly for this performance of Ne-Yo's "Closer," as you will see below, it is well-deserved, especially when considering they learned the arrangement only one school day before the ceremony. Major props to Leah, who does a stunningly beautiful job on the solo!
The cardinal rule of Webby Award acceptance speeches is that they must be only 5 words. PS22 decided to make the most of 'em! Awesome job by Neil & Isaiah setting up the laugh! And props to the chorus for just being able to spit out pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcaniconiosis.....
The kids also participated in We Shot The Webbys, and were interviewed by one of the attendees in their green room.
It was such an incredible honor to be performing and receiving the Webby Award before such an elite group, which included Isabella Rosellini, Buzz Aldrin, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Folds, Jason Bateman, and Amy Poehler, who even included PS22 in her acceptance speech!
More to come from this unbelievable night coming soon, including some amazing messages to the kids from some rather impressive PS22 Chorus fans!! Stay tuned!