Coal Drop Sessions nominated in the 28th Annual Webby Awards

15 April 2024

Mercury Studio’s Coal Drop Sessions nominated in the 28th Annual Webby Awards

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Mercury Studios, Universal Music Group’s innovative and multi-faceted content studio,  Coal Drop Sessions has been nominated in the 28th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. Fans can vote for Coal Drop Sessions via the link above.

Dan Borrelli, SVP, Digital Content, Mercury Studios said, “We are honored to be recognized alongside such an iconic group of content creators. We started Coal Drops as a way to share our passion for live music and are thrilled that it has resonated with so many people. We’re grateful to all of the incredibly talented artists who have joined us on the boat in London and can’t wait to share season 3 this summer.”

This great milestone for Mercury Studios has been honored for the Video Series and Channels – Music category, and Coal Drop Sessions has been singled out as one of the five best in the world, making it among the top of the 13,0000 projects entered.

Coal Drop Sessions is the flagship digital music performance series produced by Mercury Studios. The series sits on the Mercury Studios YouTube channel, with over 1.7million subscribers. Currently in it’s third season, the series features live performances from artists of all genres as they float through Regent’s Canal in London on a canal boat. Stand out moments include Bastille fitting an entire band on a small boat, Guvna B making friends with people along the canal, David Kushner pulling off a powerful performance of his hit song Daylight, and Samara Joy braving the worst of London weather to bring her music to people aorund East London.

“Honorees like Mercury Studios are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, President of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 projects we reviewed this year.”

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Marian Croak, VP of Engineering – Responsible AI & Human Centered Technology, Google; Sarah Harden, CEO, Hello Sunshine; Tobe Nwigwe, Artist & Actor; Shigetaka Kurita, Artist & Father of Emojis; Severin Hacker, Cofounder & CTO, Duolingo; Law Roach, Image Architect; Yann LeCun, VP & Chief AI Scientist, Meta; Roxane Gay, Host, The Roxane Gay Agenda; Quinta Brunson, Writer, Director and Actor; Questlove, DJ and Producer; Todd Kaplan, Chief Marketing Officer, Pepsi Co; Ashley Murphy, VP Global Consumer Marketing, Rare Beauty; Nelly Mensah, VP of Digital Innovation, Global Head of Web3 and Metaverse, LVMH; Jim Habig, Vice President Marketing, LinkedIn; and Tonya Custis, Director of AI Research, Autodesk.

Tune into Mercury Studio’s Coal Drop Sessions via YouTube to experience the unique performances here.

As a nominee, Mercury Studios is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 18th, Coal Drop Sessions fans can cast their votes at

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, and honored in a star-studded show at Cipriani Wall Street. Winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include: Steve Wilhite’s “It’s Pronounced “Jif” not ‘Gif’; NASA’s “Houston We Have A Webby”; and SZA’s “The Internet Scares Me. Thanks.”



Mercury Studios is a full-service production studio. Current and recent projects include Oscar and BAFTA award nominated AMERICAN SYMPHONY, a feature documentary by award-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman, that follows Jon Batiste for the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions and Netflix and Telluride Film Festival selection IF THESE WALLS COULD SING, the untold story of the world-famous Abbey Road Studios directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney for Disney+; MY LIFE AS A ROLLING STONE, a four-part docuseries of intimate portraits of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts for the BBC and MGM+; SHANIA TWAIN: NOT JUST A GIRL, a career documentary about the superstar currently available on Netflix; MIXTAPE, the critically acclaimed  feature documentary from Omar Acosta focused on the DJs and artists who shaped the sound and culture of Hip-Hop through mixtapes for Paramount+;  and the forthcoming THIS TOWN, a six-part series for the BBC from writer, creator, and executive producer Steven Knight.

Mercury Studios also produced SAM SMITH: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (BBC/Tik Tok) and Billie Eilish’s livestream event, OVERHEATED, at The O2 London and LANG LANG PLAYS DISNEY for Disney+.

Editorially independent, Mercury Studios is powered by Universal Music Group and represents the world’s leading catalogue of music-related content, consisting of thousands of hours of premium music-driven film and television programming.



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 and Mobile Sites; Video; Advertising, Media and PR; Apps & Software, Social; Podcasts; Games and AI, Metaverse & Virtual. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received 13,000 entries from all 50 states and over 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 WP Engine, LinkedIn, Verizon, YouGov, NAACP, KPMG, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Vox Media, The Hustle, Podcast Movement, It’s Nice That, Convince & Convert, The Neuron, The Gradient, Last Week in AI, MKT1, Bens Bites, The Tilt, Orangeletter, AIGA and The Standard Hotel.


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