13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

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

An Introduction to the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media by recognizing the influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and more. Past winners include Taylor Swift, Tyler Oakley, Casey Neistat, Hannibal Buress, Malala Yousafzai, Jenna Marbles, J.K. Rowling, PewDiePie, DJ Khaled, Smosh and NASA.

What happens on social media can change the world, create new stars and ignite global movements. The Shorty Awards were the first awards to honor social media, and by constantly evolving along with the medium it honors The Shortys remains the most prominent award show of its kind, engaging an online audience of millions and culminating in a blockbuster ceremony in New York City.

Winners are chosen through a combination of votes from the public and scores given by the Real Time Academy.

How it works

There are two competitions of the Shorty Awards: the Influencer competition and the Brands & Organizations competition. Winners for both branches of the competition will be revealed at the 9th Annual Shorty Awards ceremony.


In the awards for influencers, the winner and six finalists (including the winner) are selected from 12 nominees through a combination of votes from the public and scores from the Real Time Academy.

Brands & Organizations

The awards for Brands & Organizations honor the innovative and creative work professionals are executing in social media through a formal online entry process.

Notable Shorty Award Winners

Taylor Swift
Bill Nye
Neil Patrick Harris
Michelle Obama Michelle Obama
Guy Kawasaki
Neil DeGrasse Tyson
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Featured Real Time Academy Members

Comprised of leaders in technology, journalism, business and culture, the Real Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences plays a vital role in recognizing the top content creators, influencers and organizations on social media. The Academy is responsible for shaping the criteria and rules of the Shorty Awards and for selecting winners and honorees.

More about the Real Time Academy

Ceremony Highlights

About the Shorty Awards

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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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

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