12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization was on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

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.

From the 10th Annual Shorty Awards

#ClawsUp Campaign

Entered in Instagram

About this entry

TNT's Claws is a midnight-dark, wickedly funny meditation on female badness set in a Central Florida nail salon. Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon, where there is a lot more going on than silk wraps and pedicures. Starring Niecy Nash as Desna, she and her crew are survivors, who aren't afraid to make a statement and get ahead by any means necessary. Diverse and relatable, the all-or-nothing attitude with which Desna and her girls move through their world bluntly mirrors the national sentiment driving women's empowerment.

Why does this entry deserve to win?

Premiere success hinged on attracting a key audience demo which historically under-indexes on TNT. Claws targeted the critical African-American demo and created a multi-month social-led campaign to help break through and raise awareness.

The world of nail art seems tailor-made for social media: personally expressive, readily photo-shared, invites comments from friends. TNT tapped into this explosive growth on Instagram. The campaign's mix of visuals, unique content, and highly active influencers was perfect for Instagram. TNT turned traditional set visits and press events into social platforms for Influencers who collectively reach 9.5 Million followers per month. Recap video:

Instagram Influencers visited the Claws set to create / share exclusive content.


These influencers drove massive impressions and engagement: 3.6M Instagram Impressions, and was the key driver for secondary success on Twitter, reaching 54M Impressions. Claws nailed a second season renewal with four weeks of its debut.

Claws in now Cable's #4 New Drama in 2017 among Adults 18-49 and has grown by +27% since Premiere. Continuing to grow during Season One, Claws reached new Season highs by mid-July, averaging 6.3 Million Total Viewers per episode across TNT linear and digital platform.


Video for #ClawsUp Campaign

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Turner: TNT


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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, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

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