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.

Best YouTube Musician

Over the past several years, YouTube has established itself as one of the best platforms for artists to share their music. From simple bedroom setups to beautifully shot music videos, these creators have been bringing joy to the world through the art of music.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of YouTube, enter the Best use of YouTube Shorty Award.


Dotan Negrin
The antithesis to traveling light, Dotan Negrin and his piano luggage have taken an unconventional approach to the international tour. Quitting his job to explore the world, accomplished pianist Dotan set off with his dog Brando and upright Yamaha as traveling companions. Five years and 20 countries later, Dotan’s documented global performances via YouTub...
Jared Dines
A man who loves all things metal and metalcore Jared Dines is shredding up social. The seasoned guitarist and drummer known for his slaying original and parody songs has now amassed 2M subscribers with close to 500M channel views. Featuring hilarious singles to savvy educational tutorials, skilled guitar shreds to music-related comedy sketches, the guitar...
Next Town Down
Rising R&B; stars Next Town Down are “on the journey of a lifetime.” Hailing from locales across the country, five vocalists Chris, Leon, Malik, Tre’Von and Terence who met via social media have rapidly become one of YouTube’s hottest talents. Showcasing their distinguishing five-part R&B; harmonies alongside distinctively playful personalities, the group...
Sophia Grace
YouTuber and British celebrity Sophia Grace wants the world to see how she really is. Launching to fame as one half of British child duo Sophia Grace and Rosie, Sophia has grown up and transformed into a trendy fashionista. Taking to the YouTube platform that saw her “Super Bass” Nicki Minaj cover go viral, the now-teenager has evolved her online presence...
Taylor Davis
String-playing sensation Taylor Davis has carved an international career out of a love for violin and video games. Her dual endeavors brought about by her mother’s gaming-after-violin-only practice incentive, Taylor’s crossover efforts led to genre performances and personal arrangements based on video game themes. Taylor takes to her YouTube channel to sh...
Tyler Ward
Launching an international career from his parent’s basement, Tyler Ward has become a powerful influencer both on and off YouTube. Skyrocketing to fame via his YouTube channel, the indie singer-songwriter, cover artist and producer with 500M+ video views and 2M subscribers has channeled his singing abilities into a voice of advocacy for working artists. E...

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.