11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories


See below for official categories. Entries close and voting ends on February 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

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.

Innovator of the Year

The greatest minds in our world are hard to put in a box. Our newest category this year, Innovator of the Year celebrates CEOs, directors, producers, and multi-faceted creatives who are rapidly pushing society forward through their work. To put it simply, they’re unlike the rest.
Ava Duvernay
Ava DuVernay made history as the highest grossing African-American female director in domestic box office history. The award-winning director, writer and producer broke the $100M mark for A Wrinkle in ...
Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham is a master of middle school at age 28 through his early "pubescent musical comedy” on YouTube. Now, the actor, comedian and creator has now turned the camera away from himself for his direc...
Brian Armstrong
Co-founder and CEO of Coinbase Brian Armstrong is creating an Open Financial System for the world. A leader in the cryptocurrency exchange with a mobile wallet that was the most downloaded iPhone app i...
Elon Musk
Multi-company CEO superpower Elon Musk is pushing the pedal on innovative transport through cutting edge advancements in 2018. Realizing incredible potential both on earth and in a galaxy far far away,...
Emily Weiss
Founder and CEO of Glossier Inc., Emily Weiss, is reimagining the beauty industry as a visionary blogger and entrepreneur. With Glossier now a household name described by Fortune in 2018 as “one of the...
Karena Evans
Canadian director and Firecrackers actress Karena Evans just had her “favourite year of all time.” Taken under DirectorX’s wing, Karena quickly saw her rise from intern to award-winning creator, direct...
Kendrick Lamar
Deemed the "new king of hip hop,” Compton-hailing Kendrick Lamar brings a unique voice to rap like none other in history. From early mixtapes as “K-Dot,” to dominating global acclaim with 12 Grammys in...
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga repeatedly proves her talent with each new endeavor, now as lead actress in the revamped musical film A Star Is Born. With the commercial success of the film’s soundtrack, Gaga became the fi...
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Described by the NY Times as “a John Hughes for a darker, more cynical, way more libidinous age,” Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is widening the circle for his coven-craving community. Joining his love of horr...
Sara Blakely
Sara Blakely has found her life’s calling in supporting women. The now-billionaire founder and owner of Spanx has become a powerful force for female entrepreneurs, having an inspiring, self-made career...
Tristan Walker
Tristan Walker’s Twitter and Instagram bios prove he is always working on the next great idea. Founder and CEO of Walker & Company, a health and beauty company with products for people for color, Trist...
Whitney Wolfe Herd
Whitney Wolfe Herd has reimagined the “misogynistic hurricane” on online dating from a women’s point of view. Leaving her Tinder brainchild in 2014, Whitney worked to develop and launch Bumble, empower...

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.

The 11th annual shorty awards will be held may 5, 2019 in nyc.