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 Sports

Sports are a cornerstone of society; every culture has a favorite sport. As new athletes enter different arenas each year, social media becomes an increasing part of how these stars connect with their fans. Whether it’s sharing their latest workout, an in-game pic, or an off-field project, these athletes are logged on for their fans.

If you’ve worked with a great athlete for a social media project enter the Best Use of Social Media for Sports Shorty Award.


Adam Rippon
The Scranton-native gracefully slid into the hearts of the millions of people who tuned in for the 2018 Winter Olympics through his elegant figure skating and courage in standing up for the LGBTQ+ community. After helping America win in the team skating event, Adam became the first openly-gay athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. A true b…
JuJu Smith-Schuster
JuJu Smith-Schuster proved the success of his rookie season was more than beginner’s luck as the NFL sophomore proved to be one of the NFL’s most consistently productive wide receivers. On the field with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the California-native is one of the best players in the game, but JuJu is perhaps an even bigger sensation on the intern…
Naomi Osaka
Despite her candid, shy and funny personality off the court, Japan’s Naomi Osaka is one of the most fierce tennis players on the tour. At just 20 years old, Naomi stunned the world at the 2018 US Open, defeating tennis legend Serena Williams in the finals, a match marred by an ugly line-call controversy. A fighter on and off the court, Naomi came …
Shawn Johnson East
Shawn Johnson East has had quite the second career. Despite facing injuries that forced an early retirement for the Olympic gold medal winner, the now 27 year old who won Season eight of Dancing with the Stars has cultivated a massively popular social media following. Her YouTube channel gives her 675K+ subscribers a look into her daily life as a …
Shib Sibs
Few figure skaters capture the world’s heart like the Alex and Maia Shibutani, the duo from Boston who captured two bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics for ice dancing. But their brilliance extends out of the rink, where they are one of the fiercest teams. On the internet the Shib Sibs, vlog and post their fun, practice and travel filled liv…


David Ortiz
Throughout his 20 year MLB career, David “Big Papi” Ortiz was one of the most beloved players. After an incredible career that including three World Series championships that ended in 2016, Big Papi now uses his free time to focus on the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which provides assistance to children in the Dominican Republic and New England who require …
Joel Embiid
Fans of the Philadelphia 76ers trusted the process and the result of that long, sometimes painful era wait was Joel Embiid. The seven foot tall 24 year old from Cameroon has taken the hoops world by storm over the course of his just four-year career with jaw dropping dunks and dominating defense, coupled with a social media game that is unmatched. Joel has …
Mo'ne Davis
2014 Little League World Series breakout star Mon’e Davis was back in 2018, continuing to impress the world through her determination and vision. Since stunning the world on the diamond Mon’e has spent recent years dazzling opponents on the basketball court, with many thinking she had the ability to become a professional basketball player. This year, she ma…
Pat McAfee
Few positions get less recognition in professional football than the punter. But if there were more people like Pat McAfee, that might be different. Known throughout his career for his big personality, the former Indianapolis Colts punter jumped from one side of the business to the other, now working as a commentator and podcast host for the WWE and Fox Spo…
Saina Nehwal
One of the world’s fiercest badminton athletes, few have been able to dominate social media and the court as much as Saina Nehwal. The 28-year old Indian breakout star has won Olympic bronze medals and won the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a competition between the nations that were formerly part of the British Empire. Considered one of India’s best sportspeople…
Shaquem Griffin
The Seattle Seahawks shocked the football world in 2018 when they chose Shaquem Griffin in the 5th round of the draft. Recipient of the 2019 NCAA Inspiration Award, Shaquem initially gained attention for being a standout athlete despite being born with amniotic band syndrome, causing the fingers on his hand not to grow, leading to immense pain and forcing a…

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 12th annual shorty awards will take place on may 3rd.