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 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.


AJ Rafael
From Myspace to YouTube, AJ Rafael has enjoyed a musical career that began in his garage and now sees the artist as an international performer and social media sensation. Closing in on 1M subscribers on his YouTube channel, the MoVal Concert Chorale founder is increasingly using his platforms to promote and inspire change. Showcasing an incredible…
Alex G
Singer-songwriter and entrepreneur Alex G initially launched her channel as a means to overcome stage fright and quickly fostered a formidable YouTube following. Through social announcements of her bisexuality and concept EP Share Your Story featuring fan-submitted stories put to music, Alex loves engaging with her fans. Along with her 1M+ subscri…
Lennon Stella
Actress and former sister act songstress Lennon Stella is now finding her own voice. One half of the beloved harmonizing sister duo Lennon & Maisy, the Nashville country-pop singer turned Nashville series actress is rapidly becoming a dominating solo artist. Lennon’s personal musings on heartbreak, evolution and independence are bringing fans up t…
Max & Harvey
UK teen pop singers Max and Harvey Mills have a unique harmonious connection. Identical twins who began singing together at eight years of age, originally gaining fame on TikTok (née Musical.ly) the brothers now have 330K+ subscribers on YouTube evolving their skills to include catchy pop vox originals and covers. With their dominating appeal docu…
“Origimagidiculous” five-guy a cappella group VoicePlay are innovating the boy band model with imaginative, “music-without-music” style. The troupe from Orlando initially arising out of school hallway serenades has evolved into an award-winning internationally touring phenom. Infusing theatrics, sound effects and parody performances in their multi…


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 YouTube …
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 guitaris…
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 h…
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 t…
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 shar…
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. Emp…

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.