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 Web Series

The web series as we know it is transforming. This year, some of the best stories were told digitally. Whether they were shows about dating in the digital age, fictional stories about influencers in the digital age, or talk shows hosted by influencers in the digital age -- they were seen digitally in the digital age. These twelve were the best of the year.

Are you a brand or agency wanting to be recognized for your work in this field? Enter for Best Branded Series Video for Brands & Organizations.


Good Mythical Morning
Regularly one of the most popular daily shows on YouTube with 100M+ monthly views, 14M+ channel subscribers, coordinated multi-channel sketch spin-offs and new Book of Mythicality, Good Mythical Morning shows no signs of slowing down. Ear Biscuits podcast creators, comedy duo and childhood best friends Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal started the sh…
Hiking with Kevin
Comedian and former SNL actor Kevin Nealon is enjoying a newfound renaissance on YouTube. His web show, Hiking with Kevin, begun in 2017 as a two minute overexerted hiking session with actor Matthew Modine and has since amassed nearly 5M views in a little over one year. Now with longer weekly segments and a second season launched in September 2018…
How It Should Have Ended
For when a movie ending just doesn’t deliver, How It Should Have Ended has you covered. The “place for animated parody alternate endings to major motion pictures,” 8.4M+ subscribers have poured in with more than 2 billion views on everything from classic cinema to Marvel, Jaws to Black Panther. Now using their vast following to help rising influen…
Breaking the prim, conservative stigma of what it is to be a “lady,” BuzzFeed’s Ladylike is an empowering, cutting-edge and often hilariously fun exposé on what it’s like to be a “real” woman. Ladylike explores traditionally “feminine” endeavors and lifestyles, trendy fashion and beauty products, and cultural taboos with no-holds-barred humor, tur…
Liza on Demand
For years, Liza Koshy has been one of the biggest names on social media as a “Little brown girl with big dreams.” From her days posting on Vine to having audience of 16M+ YouTube subscribers and 17M+ Instagram followers Liza is in high demand. In Liza on Demand, her new YouTube Original series that premiered in June 2018, Liza plays the main chara…


A live morning news and talk show built from “Twitter’s DNA,” AM2DM is breaking convention and better appealing to a social media-centric culture. Spearheaded by BuzzFeed News, the innovative Twitter-streamed live broadcast was met with instant applause, capturing 20K+ Twitter followers. Differentiated by a flex-style journalism dictated by Twitter trends, …
Cobra Kai
34 years since the original Karate Kid, the iconic fictional dojo has reopened in the form of a web series, Cobra Kai, on YouTube Premium. With the return of stars William Zabka and Ralph Macchio playing out a rekindled rivalry between the original characters Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso, the show instantly became a master of its domain. Appealing to …
Like & Subscribe
Turning the camera on social influencers for its newest parody sensation, Funny or Die’s Like & Subscribe is already breaking the internet. Written by series creator and Insta humorist Jack Wagner aka @Versace_tamagotchi, the series is a perfect satire for an influencer-saturated culture. The comedy adeptly pokes fun at all the social tropes, from the horro…
YouTube Originals has proven themselves a contender in the world of romcom with Sideswiped, an 8-episode series starring Rosanna Arquette and Carly Craig that debuted July 2018. Inspired by Carly’s real-life adventures, the series premise has its roots in Tinder, serving as a constant metaphor to swipe right, not left, on living life. Featuring protagonist …
Sorry For Your Loss
Praised by The Atlantic as “one of the standout series of the year,” the self-proclaimed “sketch tragedy” Sorry For Your Loss premiered in September 2018, and features the everyday life struggles following the loss of a loved one. With performances by star Elizabeth Olsen as a young, recently-widowed wife, the small day-to-day copes and struggles are laid u…
The Burger Show
An all-out homage to our American hearty staple, The Burger Show is an in-depth exploration of patty culture through the eyes of LA’s breakfast sandwich empire king Alvin Cailan. Premiering February 2018, Alvin’s quest takes him coast to coast, joined by “burger homies” from former host Adam Richman to burger scholar George Motz. Alvin’s passion project qui…

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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