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.

Best in Live Events

This award honors the best use of social media to elevate events including concerts, conferences, marches, rallies and meetups.

See previous winners and honorees here.


2019 MTV EMA
The MTV EMA is one of the biggest global music events of the year, celebrating the hottest artists from around the world. Broadcasted live in 180 countries, the 2019 show took place in Seville, Spain. For our social 2019 EMA gameplan, we aimed to engage our international audience on their native social habitats through the use of talent-heavy, …
2019 MTV Video Music Awards
The MTV Video Music Awards have a long legacy of creating unexpected, breakthrough moments in pop culture that resonate worldwide. In 2019, we pushed ourselves to continue to evolve: Create new and innovative ways for fans to experience the VMAs Reach out to young viewers by connecting with them on their favorite platforms Expand our cor…
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards
After three years on basic cable, the iHeartRadio Music Awards returned to network television in 2019 with the iHeartRadio social team ready for the new opportunity. The team set out with a few main objectives: To create new and innovative video series’, to develop first-of-their kind award categories, to engage fans in meaningful ways, and to gen…
BET’A Express
Our objectives were the following: Create a show aligned and celebratory experiential installation that attracted celebrity talent; Create tune in awareness for the BET Awards’ live premiere and encores; and Introduce a narrative element to the activation which has been historically visually-driven.
E! People's Choice Awards
The E! People’s Choice Awards are celebrating all forms of entertainment, chosen solely by the fans --  For the People, By The People. E!’s mission is to be the! of the Pop Culture year and crown the moments and people that mattered in Pop Culture.
MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere
Madonna and MTV have shared a history starting with the early premieres of the pop superstar’s boundary-pushing music videos. In 2019 Madonna partnered with MTV to exclusively unveil the world premiere of her video and single “Medellín” with Maluma, during a globally televised and live streamed MTV music event, “MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusi…
2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the greatest technological feat of the 20th century—the Apollo 11 Mission. But before mankind took this giant leap, one man inspired a generation to make the jump.  In 1962, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy gave his now famous “Moonshot” speech at Rice University in which he outlined his audacious plans to p…


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.