A Short History of the Shorty Awards

In less than two months, the Shorty Awards became a social media success story in and of itself.

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Fifth Annual Shorty Awards

The 5th Annual Shorty Awards brought together Felecia Day, James Urbaniak, Miss Teen USA, Kristian Nairn, Hannibal Buress, Carrie Keagan, Chris Hardwick, David Karp, Coco Rocha, and more as the voting platform grew to its largest reach yet. 2.4 million tweeted nominations were made across categories to honor the top users on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, YouTube and more.

The ceremony took place on April 8th, 2013 at the New York TimesCenter and was hosted by Actress Felecia Day. The show was heralded in with videos of Felecia Day exploring NYC’s internet culture as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg welcoming the audience with Internet-speak. During the night, Wolf Blitzer announced early poll results of what’s trending during the Shorty Awards and Jimmy Kimmel was given the Lifetime Achievement Award!

The audience was also treated to an interview of the Mars Curiosity Rover led by comedian and actor, Seth Green before accepting the Shorty Award for Foursquare Mayor of the Year!

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Fourth Annual Shorty Awards

The 4th Annual Shorty Awards brought together Tracy Morgan, Ricky Gervias, Tiffani Thiessen and more as the voting platform grew to its largest reach yet. 1.6 million tweeted nominations were made across categories to honor the top users on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare, YouTube and more.

The ceremony took place on March 27th, 2012 at the New York TimesCenter and was hosted by the hilarious Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondents (and married couple) Samantha Bee and Jason Jones. The show kicked off with welcomes from Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan, with the always hilarious Gregory Brothers treating the Shorty Awards audience with a special live performance.

Keeping the audience laughing, Tracy Morgan was featured in an exclusive video short made for the ceremony. Mayor Bloomberg also accepted an award presented by Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley.

Third Annual Shorty Awards

A star-studded group of presenters kicked off the third annual Shorty Awards ceremony at the New York Times Center on March 28, 2011. In a mere three months, 2.5 million unique individuals had visited ShortyAwards.com and tweeted more than 750,000 nominations. The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi hosted the whirlwind awards ceremony, which was streamed live and uncensored to an enormous online audience.

Acclaimed actor Kiefer Sutherland, comedian Jim Gaffigan, Miss USA, CNN’s Ali Velshi as well as duo Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were present to announce the Shorty Award winners in several categories. Celebs that included Neil Patrick Harris and Conan O’Brien created special videos for the show. Performer Amanda Palmer turned the year’s best-known tweets into song.

Outstanding content producers from such social media sites as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Tumblr gave short speeches. And for the first time, brands and agencies were honored for their innovative professional work on social media campaigns and marketing.

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Second Annual Shorty Awards

For the second ceremony, the Shorty Awards ceremony moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan and took the stage at the New York Times Center on March 3, 2010. Hosted by CNN's Rick Sanchez, winners and special guests at the short and wacky presentation included Cory Booker, William Shatner, Sesame Street's Grover, Ted Leo and Stephen Fry. An audience of over a million visited ShortyAwards.com and a hundred thousand watched the live ceremony online via Livestream and YouTube. While sipping the bourbon cocktail of the night, guests marveled at the upsets, including an appropriately weird Kanye moment in the #weird category.

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First Annual Shorty Awards

Started in 2008 by the tech startup Sawhorse Media, the first annual Shorty Awards ceremony was a lively event at the Galapagos Art Space on February 11, 2009 in Brooklyn, New York. CNN anchor Rick Sanchez hosted the event with special guests MC Hammer and Gary Vaynerchuk. A motley crew of winners flew in from around the world to attend the ceremony. Shaquille O'Neal made a virtual appearance, and the #advertising category winner revealed her true identity for the first time.

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6th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media. Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and the rest of the social web. The 6th annual ceremony will be held in New York City and livestreamed on the web on April 7, 2014.

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