9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

YouNower of the Year

Live streaming platform YouNow lets users share their talents and experiences in real time, connecting and interacting with fans across the world. Whether they were playing music, live vlogging, or simply hanging out with other YouNowers, these broadcasters did it best this year, earning millions of views in the process.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media on YouNow with influencers, enter the Best Influencer & Celebrity YouNow Campaign Industry Award.

Finalists

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Absofcourse
Alabaman Abigail Ross stays true to her motto, “I just wanna make music,” taking to YouNow to live stream herself performing whatever she’s feeling in that moment, whether it’s an original song or a cover of one of her favorite tunes. With a rich, soulful voice, she nails impressive versions of pop songs like Ariana Grande’s “Almost Is Never Eno...
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Diegosaurs
Regularly making the Editor’s Choice selections on YouNow, Diego “Diegosaurs” Navarrette is something of a superstar on the platform, with almost 600K fans and 12M+ total views. The 20-year-old from Colorado loves “having deep life conversations” with his followers, opening up about everything from his sexuality to how to dye his hair perfectly ...
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Evie Yannakidis
After starting a blog as a student project in her first year at Ryerson University in Toronto, Evie Yannakidis—aka EvieWhy—found that she had a soft spot for sharing her ideas and talents with the world. The world responded with 9M+ views of her fun and candid moments on YouNow. In 2016, she started working with Al Roker and his live streaming n...
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Joel and Monica
“Singing siblings living in Orlando,” Joel and Monica Ortiz take to YouNow to stream their sweetly sung versions of everything from the Backstreet Boys hit “I Want It That Way” to Alessia Cara’s “How Far I’ll Go” from the Disney film Moana. Monica often strums the acoustic guitar while older brother Joel sits beside her and sings harmony. They b...
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Zach Clayton
Zach Clayton is practically internet royalty. The 16-year-old phenom has millions of followers across his social media accounts, but he gravitates heavily to his @BruhItsZach YouNow feed, where he live streams jokes, challenges, and personal stories about his experiences with bullying (among many other topics) to 1.3M active and loyal fans. With...
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itssnowhimself
16-year-old Alex White, who goes by the name Snow on his many social media accounts, is perhaps best known for his YouTube reaction videos, which he started posting in June of 2016, quickly gaining over 60M views. The Toronto teen, who is admittedly “low-key addicted” to the Lifetime series Dance Moms, shares his enthusiasm for that show and his...

Nominees

Anthony Gargiula
17-year-old singer and songwriter Anthony Gargiula first got a taste of fame when he appeared at age 7 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since then, he has made a name for himself by generating over 70M loops on Vine—a following that he has taken to YouNow, where he performs a mix of originals and covers, like Vance Joy’s “Riptide,” to an adoring audience of 2...
Brent Morgan
Brent Morgan is one of the top broadcasters on YouNow, with nearly 1 billion views of his BrentMorganMusic live streams to date. He creates often intimate videos performing acoustic covers of songs ranging from Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” to Shawn Mendes’s “Stitches” to *NSYNC’s “It’s Gonne Be Me.” His soft, drawling croon captures emotions that sometim...
Caitlin Bell
Starting with videos posted to her YouTube account back in 2009, 23-year-old Scottish-Canadian singer/songwriter Caitlin Bell now strums her acoustic guitar on YouNow, mesmerizing 90K fans with her sincere and emotional voice. She often plays finger-picked covers of songs like Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots. Her heartfelt ren...
Got Damn Zo
After racking up an impressive 1.2 billion loops on Vine, Zoie Fenty, better known to his followers as GotDamnZo, started live streaming moments from his life, filled with his hilarious opinions and signature sassiness, on YouNow. The dreadlocked 25-year-old turns the camera on himself to share his insights and experiences, also interacting with his hundr...
Peppina
Finnish singer/songwriter Peppina is making waves around the world by showing off her talents on YouNow. The Helsinki native live streams original songs, as well as acoustic renditions of tunes like Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” and John Legend’s “All of Me,” usually accompanying herself on guitar or piano while sporting her signature fedora....
Ruba Wilson
Spreading a strong message of positivity and self-acceptance, Ruba Wilson is a YouNow guru, bringing uplifting vibes to his 45K+ fans. Of course, he’s best known for his role on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s reality show Flex & Shanice, starring with his titular cousins as the family works to make ends meet. A staple on the red carpet, the list of celebriti...

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, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards will be held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.