11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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 Best in Dance

Social media has helped turn the world into anyone’s stage. From dance studios to the streets, these dancers can bust a move whenever they see fit, and share their skills with millions of people around the world. These nominees received a ton of praise for showing off their dance skills, whether they are classically trained or self-taught.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.

Finalists

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Brown Girls Do Ballet
If you love ballet, chances are you’re one of the 100K+ Instagram followers inspired by Brown Girls Do Ballet. Originally a photo project, Brown Girls Do Ballet is now a movement that celebrates and encourages diversity in ballet. After photographer TaKiyah Wallace noticed “there were not any other faces that looked like” her 3-year-old daughter...
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Kyle Hanagami
Most people can’t post a dance routine to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” on their YouTube channel and get over 118M views, but choreographer Kyle Hanagami did just that, earning millions of fans after years of teaching dance in his native Los Angeles. This year, those fans were treated to dance favorites Julianne and Derek Hough performing his rout...
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Les Twins
Laurent and Larry Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins, exploded onto the world stage in 2017, taking the $1M prize for winning NBC’s World of Dance. But, before that, the Parisian brothers had danced in numerous music videos and even shared the stage with Beyonce on her 2013 world tour. They caught her eye with YouTube videos of their street pe...
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Merrick Hanna
If you watched season 12 of America’s Got Talent and didn’t root for Merrick Hanna’s robot boy dance routines then you might not be capable of human emotions—Merrick even moved the stoic Simon Cowell to stand and applaud. It wasn’t just the 12-year-old’s dancing ability that earned him fans, but his unique ability to tell a story through movemen...
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Tessa Brooks
Tessa Brooks is an actress, dancer, and one of today’s most prolific creators in the lifestyle space. Having trained in dance from a young age, she has captivated her audience with her dance videos and has consistently worked and filmed with top tier choreographers like Kyle Hanagami and WillDaBeast. In addition to dance videos, she has now expa...

Nominees

Gaurav N Chandni
Gaurav Mankoti and Chandni Srivastava have a combination of chemistry and creative choreography that keeps 125K+ subscribers coming back to their popular gauravNchandni YouTube channel. The duo has been creating and performing together since they appeared on the 1st season of the Indian dance competition show Dance Plus. Whether they’re leading a studio f...
Isabella Boylston
One of Isabella Boylston’s Instagram posts shows an old Newsweek cover with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland headlined “Ballet At Its Best.” As a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater, Isabella might be the new ambassador for ballet, building up a strong social following by showing the lighter side of life as a world-class ballerina. Her...
Jabbawockeez
The Jabbawockeez sound like creatures from another universe, and the group that won the 1st season of America’s Best Dance Crew still choreograph pieces that are truly out of this world. Their current stage show, “JREAMZ,” is a unique hip-hop dance experience with wild visual effects. But if you can’t make it to Las Vegas to see that in person, you can ca...
Lil' Buck
Many wondered who it was dancing up walls and on the sides of cars in 2017’s stunning ad for Apple’s new AirPods. It was Lil Buck, whose smooth performance seemed as effortless as taking a stroll down a city street. If you, like so many others, went back to YouTube to watch the spot again, you likely stumbled on other videos of Lil Buck dancing in his sig...
Taylor Sieve
Taylor Sieve proved that hard work pays off, becoming a fan favorite for her honest personality and athletic grace during season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance. Although she finished third, the Minnesota native won the hearts of more than just the audience, as it was revealed that she and (eventual winner) Lex Ishimoto were dating. After one stunning pe...
Werk for Peace
They’re here, they’re queer, and they’re “werking” it to promote peace, so you might as well join the party. Created in response to the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, the Washington, DC-based organization proves that dance can make a difference—in their case by using it as a platform to bring attention to LGBTQ+ issues. Werk for Peace activists organize...

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

The Shorty Social Good Awards will be held November 15, 2018 in New York City