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 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best Actor

Actors make a living by portraying other characters, but through social media, these creators are able to show the world who they really are. These nominees are being hailed for their creative use of their platforms to promote their professional work as well as their philanthropic work.

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


Danai Gurira
Zimbabwean-American actress, playwright and activist Danai Gurira is making her voice and name heard from Hollywood all across the globe. Already with a formidable acting career that included a lead role in The Walking Dead, Danai entered the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe in Black Panther, as the warrior Okoye. Danai extends her infl…
Emmy Rossum
Emmy Rossum wants to know how much you “actually weigh.” The celebrity Shameless actress, director and singer-songwriter has been an active voice on social media for empowerment and equality. Stunning her millions of social followers with news of her Shameless departure, Emmy shifted the conversation toward self-worth advocacy in a viral series o…
Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa has emerged from his Dothraki tent on Game of Thrones to conquer the social sphere. Highlighted by BoredPanda in “23 Times Jason Momoa Was The Coolest Guy On Instagram,” the burly Hawaiian’s Instagram shows his 6.5M+ fans that despite his bad boy looks, he’s “really a big ol’ softie.” A direct contrast to his on-screen savage, Jason re…
Mandy Moore
Acclaimed actress, singer-songwriter, and star of NBC family drama This Is Us, Mandy Moore had a milestone 2018. Gracing the cover of #DecemberELLE and @Bustle, Mandy is steadily dominating the limelight with her #bucketlist adventures, new single, #ThisIsUs unfolding stories, and fresh marriage to musician Taylor Goldsmith. A positive, enthusiast…
Tituss Burgess
Breakout star of the popular Netflix series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess uses his newfound popularity to make strides for the LGBTQ+ community. Through his cause-driven wine label @PinotByTitussBurgess, Titus helped support victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and announced his participation in the Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Hol…


“Be controversial, not racist.” This sentiment is the heart of Awkwafina’s work as a rapper, comedian and actor known for tackling stereotypes and overplayed machismo. Originally breaking onto the scene with “My Vag,” a rap parody of Mickey Avalon’s “My Dick,” causing her to both lose her day job and become a viral sensation. Awkwafina was a breakout hit ac…
Eva Longoria
Philanthropist, social entrepreneur, actress, director, designer, activist and most recently, Eva Longoria added “mom” to her already impressive list of titles. Though she gave birth a few short months ago, in June 2018, her son Santiago Enrique Baston is already a viral sensation, with Eva and her celebrity friends using #BabyBaston on their baby-bump-fill…
John Cho
John Cho would love nothing more than to be “overrated, overpaid and overexposed.” Despite lead roles in popular film series like Harold & Kumar and Star Trek, John still felt Asian-Americans were underrepresented in film. This notion gave birth to “#StarringJohnCho, The Call for an Asian-American Leading Man.” The movement sparked conversations about diver…
Justin Baldoni
The #MeToo movement brings traditional masculinity under scrutiny, and Justin Baldoni is giving a voice to those men who want to actively help the shift toward equality. The actor and activist is best known for his lead role in CW’s Jane the Virgin. Inspired by the strong women in his life, Justin plunged into social activism through #normalizebreastfeeding…
Mindy Kaling
Mindy does it all: she’s an actress, New York Times bestselling author, comedian, writer, producer, and bonafide social celeb. With 12M Twitter followers, Mindy Kaling continues to prove that she is the ever-relatable everywoman in spite of her enormous success. The sharp-witted actress and writer-producer of The Mindy Project takes to social to share her d…
Sacha Baron Cohen
Returning to television for the first time in over a decade, actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen debuted his Who Is America series on Showtime, bringing back his trolling stunts and political-fueled parodies to his hungry fans. In an ever-divided world, Sacha offers uncomfortable, truth-bearing and provocative exposés, all seeking to answer the question “w…

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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