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.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best Musician

From singing or playing instruments in a traditional band to the new age computer made sounds and vibes, these people turn to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat and YouTube to share their music with their fans, get fan feedback and show their love.

Brand entries using social media in this space can be found in the Best in Entertainment Shorty Award.


America first met Drake as Jimmy Brooks on The Disney Channel’s hit show Degrassi: The Next Generation. After leaving television, Drake started his rap career, signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment label. He now holds Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Chart record for most #1 hits and won the 2013 Best Rap Album for Take Care at the Grammy Aw...
Kanye West
Kanye West is the producer behind some of the most popular rap albums and chart-topping hits of the 2000s. After releasing The College Dropout in 2004, he has since gone on to be one of the best-selling artists of all time, winning 21 Grammy Awards and taking risks with experimental rap collaborations and businesses. Listed as one of the most in...
Little Mix
Brought together by Simon Cowell, Little Mix—winners of the UK The Ex Factor—are a reality show success story and British girl group made up of Jade Thirwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jessy Nelson. Successful girl groups are rare these days, but Little Mix’s first album DNA hit the top 5 in eight different countries back in 2012. ...
Nicki Minaj
Known for her fashion-forward looks and overtly sexual rap lyrics, Nicki Minaj is one of the greatest-selling female rappers of all time. Comfortable with controversy, Minaj keeps the public on its toes. This year, she sparked an epic Twitter battle before and during the MTV VMAs after asking why “Anaconda" wasn’t nominated for Best Video when i...
Pearl Jam
One of the originals, Pearl Jam has outlasted its fellow Seattle grunge bands. Famous for confronting global issues in their songs and music videos, Pearl Jam stands strong on their beliefs. Lead singer Eddie Vedder caused quite the controversy in Jerusalem when he went on an anti-war rant between their hit “Daughter" and a cover of Edwin Starr’...


Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is a New York City native with incomparable singing, songwriting, and acting talents. Her 2001 debut Songs in A Minor sold nearly 12 million records, winning five Grammy Awards. Four albums later, she’s racked up numerous more awards. In 2015, she appeared on the popular FOX show Empire and also ran the New York City Marathon, posting updates...
Best Coast
Influenced by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, Best Coast is a rock duo made up of singer/songwriter/guitarist/pianist Bethany Cosentino and multi-talented Bob Bruno on guitar, bass, and drums. Their 2010 album Crazy For You became a surprise commercial success, followed by 2012’s The Only Place and 2015’s Fade Away and California Nights. Bethany’s been ha...
Diplo’s description of himself on Twitter is pretty accurate: “random white dude be everywhere." Whether he’s DJing, producing, songwriting, or rapping, Diplo is on the airwaves, at the music festivals, in the studio, and at the afterparty. He’s worked with M.I.A., Britney Spears, Madonna, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, and Usher, has a YouTube channel with DJs Skr...
Pharrell Williams
Depending on who you ask, Pharrell is either a singer, rapper, songwriter, reality TV star, judge, record producer, or fashion designer. Known for his eclectic style both on his tracks and in his fashion choices, Pharrell’s mountie hat at the Grammy Awards caused enough buzz to get its own Twitter handle @Pharrellhat. He has ten Grammy Awards and his 2014...
Ryan Adams
Former member of Whiskeytown and The Cardinals, Ryan Adams became a household name with his solo career. His sound mixes country and alternative rock, which he’s lent to Willie Nelson, Jenny Lewis, Weezer, and Norah Jones, all while recording 15 studio albums, earning five Grammy nominations. He’s known for giving other artists their due credit. In 2015, ...
St. Vincent
A loyal fan following and original sound earned St. Vincent the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Artist, the first win for a female artist in that category in 20 years. A multi-instrumentalist, she’s opened for and performed with David Byrne, Sufjan Stevens, The Black Keys, and Arcade Fire. She’s appreciative of her fans but believes “every tweet i...

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.