13th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media and digital channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Music

Music is a global art that speaks to people through something more than words. These incredible artists are the ones making the songs we can’t get out of our heads, the tunes we love, and the music that makes us dance like nobody’s watching. They could be in the studio, on stage, with fans or at home, but these artists are using social media to keep their global audience up to date on their latest and greatest.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.


Billie Eilish
She’s the bad guy, duh… Few people had bigger breakout years than Billie Eilish, the 17 year old LA pop phenom. She dominated speakers, headphones, screens and magazine pages all in 2019 with her unique sense of style and infectious personality. Her big year started in March, when she dropped her debut studio album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do W…
Celine Dion
Perhaps one of the most recognizable voices in pop music, Celine Dion is a 5-time grammy winner and one of the world’s best selling musical artists of all time. In recent years, she’s added a new feather to her diva cap: social media icon. Celine has taken to Instagram to debut new haute couture looks and give her fans a behind the scenes glimpse …
Lil' Nas X
What started off as Lil’ Nas X’s catchy country-meets-hip hop Soundcloud upload turned into the ever-evolving slapper that transcended the charts, questioned our definitions of genres and turned into a cultural phenomena. The man behind "Old Town Road," went from obscurity to superstardom in a matter of days, partnering on remixes with Billy Ray C…
The test results are in and 2019 was 100% that year for Lizzo. After years on the grind, she dominated 2019 charts and headlines, hitting an astronomical level of success with the release of her album Cuz I Love You. Her single "Truth Hurts," became a viral hit on social media and went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts for a record setting se…
Missy Elliott
After a decade long hiatus, Missy Elliot shocked the hip hop world when she returned to the music scene in a big way. Early in the year, she collaborated with Lizzo on the hit track, "Tempo,", then followed it up by teasing a new, bigger project on Instagram to her 3M+ followers. A few months later, she announced the surprise drop of Iconology, he…


Step right up and meet the Mets! Not the baseball team, this trio of brothers, Adam, Jack and Ryan, took the music world by storm in 2019. Releasing their third album, Neotheater in April, their first to chart top 10 on the Billboard 200. They have certainly come a long way from their early days as street performers in New York City, now touring the globe a…
Yes Lawd! Anderson.Paak is one of the fastest rising names in hip hop and R&B;, and 2019 only saw him get bigger and brighter, starting off the year by winning his first Grammy award for the track "Bubblin’". The rapper, singer and drummer then released his fourth studio album Ventura to critical acclaim and included rare features from legends like Andre 30…
Blanco Brown
In a year that was defined by innovative genre-bending, few artists rode a new look to success like Blanco Brown did. Following the smash hit "Old Town Road," Blanco dropped "The Git Up," a smart and catchy melding of country and hip hop that he defined as "trailer trap." This genre-defying song received more than 50 million Spotify streams by mid-summer. T…
Brandi Carlile
An acclaimed singer-songwriter already with hits under her belt, Brandi Carlile made an even bigger impression on the music world in 2019. It all started in February at the Grammys, where, already the most nominated artist that evening, she received additional acclaim and Twitter love for her performance of her son "The Joke". As her combined 500K+ Instagra…
J Balvin
Colombian reggaeton artist J. Blavin had a year full of hits ripping up the airwaves with a variety of artists and across a number of genres. As he travels the world performing on stages for fans from all over, his 35M+ Instagram followers fans are always in the loop. He even used his clout on the platform to speak out about the lack of reggaeton representa…
Mike Posner
Mike Posner is on an incredible journey with his career, starting in 2009 by recording a #1 singles on his dorm room at Duke University. Since then, the Detroit native toured internationally, and wrote songs for the likes of Maroon 5, Justin Beiber and more. 2019 was another incredible year for the musician, as his journey continued by releasing two albums …

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