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 YouTube Musician

YouTube is one of the best platforms for artists to embark on their musical voyages, and for fans to discover their favorite new artist. Whether it’s basic bedroom setups or high-level music videos, these creators bring joy to the world through their music and videos.

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


Gabriel Brown, aka Black Gryph0n, came to YouTube off the heels of an international singing and medal-earning career with the US Navy. Now, the veteran has found enormous success for his mind-blowing pop singer and voice actor impressions. From Daft Punk, Frank Sinatra, Kermit the Frog and the Avengers to genre-switching challenges like "Eminem + …
Catie Turner
From American Idol unknown to global singing phenom, Catie Turner’s pop-soul talent has been bolstered by the online platforms of which she was loathe to love. With a debut EP The Sad Vegan, a coordinating 2019 US/Canada tour, and personal YouTube channel "Hashtag Catie" amassing over 200K subscribers, Catie joined forces with a-list content creat…
LLusion is remixing the interwebs with a lofi beat. The LA-based music producer with an affinity for chill grooves has fostered a viral career through slow electronica spins on iconic pop tunes. LLusion’s transporting remixes met with DIY production tips have rapidly earned him a formidable following, already amassed 21M YouTube channel views and …
Sam Tsui
An OG of the YouTube music scene, Sam Tsui originally launched his career out of his Yale dorm room. From dorm to global stage, Sam has amassed 3.1M YouTube subscribers, coveted appearances on Oprah and Ellen, an international touring career, and multiple EPs. Known for his pop artist covers and seamless evocative medleys, Sam’s work ever explores…
The Swedish keyboard comedian turned YouTube star Seth Evermen launched to viral fame in 2019 with his "how to create billie eilish's bad guy"" upload. The video received over 52M views and helped propel the hilarious and talented Sweed to over 3M subscribers. His deadpan humor, matched with oddball musical parodies backed by household-sourced sou…


Connie Talbot
Connie maintains a dedicated connection with fans over the years by regularly regaling them on YouTube, using the platform to uplift her 1.7M+ subscribers through song. Able to cover songs from nearly any genre, her fans enjoy songs from Queen to Adele, with "Yesterday by The Beatles becoming her most popular video from 2019, earning over 2M views. Shedding…
Derryck Gleaton, aka DSharp, is a violinist who posts a combination of original music and killer covers to his YouTube channel. His unique sound blends modern sounds like hip-hop and electronic beats with the classical sounds more often associated with the violin. Derryck has clearly found the recipe that works, growing his youtube following to 1.25M+ subsc…
Einer Bankz
Einer Bankz has been popping up across YouTube as "the ukulele player you see with rappers." Launching onto the scene via a ukelele cover of Snoop Dogg’s "Peaches N Cream," Einer quickly became a viral sensation and a coveted musician to collab with. Now with over 580K YouTube subscribers, 85M+ video views and star-studded collaborations including Chance th…
Kid Travis
Kid Travis is the YouTube musician putting his music out there because he "believes that there's something that we all relate to in my messages." Well, he's certainly not wrong about that, with a strong following of 390K+ subscribers who tune in to hear the talented musician perform an array of music. From covers to originals to mashups, Kid Travis seems to…
Nahre Sol
Composer and international pianist Nahre Sol is bringing new life to classical music. Launching her self-titled YouTube channel as a means of rediscovering the creative process, the Juilliard-trained musician creates videos exploring Practice Notes educational videos and Sound Bank compositions and theory. Nahre shares original music, savvy piano practice t…
Tash Sultana
Aussie sensation Tash Sultana does it all. Proficient on twenty instruments, the Melbourne busker earned 61M+ video views to date, selling out global tours and festival performances. Tash shares their iconic and hypnotic loops, guitar shreds and transporting beats as well as their musical journey on YouTube with their 710K+ subscribers. Tash further shares …

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