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 in Music

Music is a central part of human culture. It surrounds us almost at all times and it’s amazing to have an inside look at the incredible artists responsible for filling the world with music. Whether they’re posting BTS shots from their tours, or photos of them in the studio, or even chatting with fans on Twitter - these nominees have exhibited exemplary use of social media amongst their peers.

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


Harry Styles
Harry Styles is one of the most recognizable musicians in the world. The former lead singer of hit UK pop band One Direction, Harry has since branched out as a solo artist and selling more than a million records on his own. Harry is a staunch supporter of LGBTQ+ rights, and this year he released a line of t-shirts with “Treat People with Kindness”…
Janelle Monae
The 8 time Grammy nominated musician, actress, and model and activist Janelle Monae had one big 2018. Her third studio album Dirty Computer was released in April to critical acclaim, debuted at number six on the Billboard charts, and received two Grammy nominations including Album of the Year. With 1M+ followers on Twitter and nearly 3M on Instagr…
Kacey Musgraves
Kacey Musgraves has been “properly yee hawing since 1988” and is one of the biggest rising stars in the country music world, taking her down home love into the digital age. This year, she released her third album Golden Hour and rode its success to two Grammy nominations, a tour with Harry Styles and a solo tour, featuring some of the brightest an…
Mason Ramsey
11 year old Mason Ramsey took the world by storm this year, going from singing at a Walmart in Harrisburg, Illinois to instant viral fame, even charting in the top five on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. The original video of him yodeling to Hank Williams’ classic “Lovesick Blues” generated more than 25M views in days, launching the young yodeller …
Post Malone
Few people had a bigger year in 2018 than Post Malone, whose album Stoney broke Michael Jackson’s record for consecutive weeks atop the Billboard‘s Top R&B; and Hip-Hop Albums chart in August. His newest album Beerbongs and Bentleys featured the tracks “Rockstar” and “Psycho,” and topped the Billboard 200 hottest albums chart. Post had a scare thi…


Alanis Morissette
Dubbed the “Queen of Alt Rock Angst” by Rolling Stone, Alanis Morissette's distinct sound and unrelenting passion made her the voice of the 90s in many ways. While her sound hasn’t changed, you’ll get an entirely different side of Alanis by checking out her Instagram account where her 375K+ followers enjoy a recipe of equal parts family love, community acti…
A Soundcloud star shot onto the main stage, Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer who jumped into to the headlines in 2018, dropping verses on hits like Cardi B’s “I Like It” “Mia” with Drake. The 24 year old is known for his great social media presence, his Instagram is a wild walk behind the scenes, complete with throwback photos fro…
Jaden Smith
Named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens,” Jaden Smith makes waves with social media in a way few others can. An immensely talented individual who has acted in movies with his father, Will Smith, rapped in songs with Justin Beiber, worked as an activist for a wide range of causes, and now shows off his enigmatic personality online. Recently, he …
Meek Mill
#FreeMeekMill went from a dream to a reality. He started the year incarcerated under dubious charges in what became seen by many as a textbook example of widespread criminal justice abuses in Philly and nationwide. Receiving major support from the likes of Jay Z, Kevin Hart, and the Reverend Al Sharpton, it seemed the whole city of Philly was on his side wh…
One of the hottest names in R&B;, Normani spent 2018 working with some of the biggest names like Calvin Harris and Khalid in addition to scooping up accolades from Nicki Minaj at the VMAs. Her first single as a solo artist, “Love Lies” was recorded for the soundtrack to the acclaimed film Love, Simon, reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and…
Famous for such 90s favorites as the Blue Album and Pinkerton, Weezer has built up a dedicated fan base unlike any other over the past 25 years. This year it became clear why, when the band rewarded a fan tweeting under the now-deleted handle @WeezerCoverAfrica with a cover of Toto’s iconic 80’s tune “Africa” going viral as a result. The music video and per…

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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