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 Storyteller of the Year

Stories, whether they’re being shared on Snapchat or Instagram or streaming on Twitter, are becoming a major player in the digital sphere. These nominees are using their platforms to engage with their followers on a day-to-day basis. Whether they’re seeing them on set, or traveling across the world, or making dinner - they’re sharing their lives in real time.

If you’re a brand or agency doing incredible work in this space, consider entering our Best use of Ephemeral Video category.


Eva Gutowski
Brea, CA’s Eva Gutowski is one of the biggest social media stars on the planet, earning massive followings on nearly every social media platform. With 6M+ on Instagram, another 5M+ on Twitter, and a whopping 10M+ subscribers between her two YouTube channels, there isn’t an audience Eva hasn’t tapped. Even as she nears the 1B video view mark on her…
Hilary Duff
Former Disney star Hilary Duff started off 2018 with a bang, announcing her return to designing fashion for the first time in nine years. She followed that momentum onto the set of upcoming filmThe Haunting of Sharon Tate, her first motion picture in six years. Her year didn’t stop there, as she announced in fall of 2018 that she would voice the l…
Jonathan Van Ness
Try watching Jonathan Van Ness and not letting his radiantly positive vibes bring a smile to your face. With a Twitter following of 530K+ and nearly 3M more on Instagram, Queer Eye breakout sensation Jonathan has become one of the world’s favorite personalities on and off the internet. From fabulous bathroom dances to graceful figure skating routi…
Lili Reinhart
What can’t Lili Reinhart do well? In addition to showing off her incredible acting skills as one of the leads in hit show Riverdale, the Cleveland-born actress has taken the social media world by storm. Lili’s great sense of humor has earned her 2M+ Twitter followers with questions like “How much bread is too much bread,” and a whopping 15M+ Insta…
Niecy Nash
Comedian, model, actress, and producer Niecy Nash is as big of a star on social media as she is in television and film. Now portraying lead character Desna Simms on TNT’s hit show Claws, Niecey announced in August of 2018 that she would be the host of a new TNT late night talk show, Naked with Niecy Nash. And it’s sure to be a hit, as Niecy has a …


Aminatou Sow
Aminatou Sow has had quite the exciting life, being born in Guinea and growing up in Nigeria, Belgium, and France as the daughter in a diplomatic family. She is now a businesswoman who works tirelessly to highlight and promote women through all forms of media. As the host of podcasts Call Your Girlfriend and On She Goes, and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, an…
Armie Hammer
According to Armie Hammer, ““Our social personality is a creation of the minds of others...” Well, 1M+ people have decided they love the actor originally from California, tuning in to Armie’s life off the stage with his wife and adorable two children. On his Twitter account, where he boasts an impressive following of 200K+, posting everything from his polit…
Caroline Calloway
Virginia-born Instagram personality has made quite the name for herself with an aesthetically beautiful and uniquely open and honest feed. Caroline racked up an Instagram following of 830K+, uploading moments from her everyday life accompanied by a personal story that reveals a chapter of the writer’s fascinating life story. With some of the most dedicated …
Diet Prada
So much attention is paid to the articles of clothing in high-end fashion that wow’s the critics and turns heads on the runway that it can be hard to find the wardrobe items that completely miss the mark. Enter Diet Prada, an Instagram account founded by Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler that now has amassed an Instagram following of 1M by pointing out the fash…
Jovan Hill
It all started with a simple Periscope stream, a long, stream-of-conscience rant in which Jovan Hill, a 25 year old college dropout began begging random people on the app for $7,000. Believe it or not, the crazy request worked, as money began pouring in to help the young man live his dreams. Describing his streams as a “gay, broke diary,” Jovan’s social med…
Wells Adams
Since breaking out from behind the bar on last year’s season of Bachelor in Paradise, Wells Adams has been making headlines with one of the most adorable Instagram accounts out there. The “Radio talker•TV talker•Dog talker” has earned 895K+ followers with pictures from his daily life, that often include cute animals and as of late, cute couple pics with Mod…

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.