Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The regular entry deadline is on February 10th, 2022.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best YouTube Musician

Here's to all the internet famous musicians! You no longer need to be on the radio, get a record deal, or win a national singing competition to be heard. Whether they’re singers, rappers, composers, xylophonists or bands, these musicians started on YouTube.

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

Finalists

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Alessia Cara
Originally from Canada, Alessia Cara started posting acoustic covers of pop songs to YouTube when she was 13 and slowly built a following that admired her soulful voice, which made her Amy Winehouse videos fan favorites. In 2015, after being signed to Def Jam Recordings because of her YouTube success, Alessia released reworked party anthem, “Here,…
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Ally Hills
Ally Hills is a singer/songwriter and producer of parody videos and original songs that illuminate the lesbian experience. With videos/songs like, “In Love With a Straight Girl" and “How To Know If a Girl Is a Lesbian," Ally’s earned over 300K YouTube subscribers with her honest and funny depictions of confusing and embarrassing situations. Ally’s…
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Flula
Flula is a German techno DJ who has also made himself into a YouTube personality. Some might recognize him from his appearance in the hit movie Pitch Perfect 2, or from collaborating with other famous musicians like Miranda Sings, Sir Mix-A-Lot, or RZA. But, it’s his eccentric personality and dry delivery in his less musically inclined videos of h…
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Lil Dicky
Lil Dicky (a.k.a. David Burd) is a rapper, but one of the more untraditional sense, creating a parody of rap while still integrating the culture into his songs and videos. His mixtape Professional Rapper debuted at #7 on the Billboard charts, #1 for parody and rap. His YouTube music video “Save Dat Money" featuring Fetty Wap and Rich Homie Quan sh…
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Todrick Hall
Todrick Hall is a singer, YouTuber, former American Idol contestant, performer on Broadway, and star of his own MTV show Todrick. His video mashups for favorite artists like Beyoncé, Taylor, and Gaga, show him harmonizing and choreographing with his own likeness and voice, but he’s become known for his comedic parodies, like “The Wizard of Ahhhs" …

Nominees

Andrew Huang
Andrew Huang makes music out of pans and other readily available supplies he has around, whether it’s The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face" played with dental equipment or Drake’s “Hotline Bling" played solely with telephones. Andrew ventured into online music with his website Songs To Wear Pants To, where he crowdsourced song ideas, before focusing on his Yo…
Boyce Avenue
Boyce Avenue is a band of brothers—Alejandro, Daniel, and Fabian—who perfectly cover songs like Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud" and John Legend’s “All Of Me," hitting every single note. Their videos average 30+ million views, and those are just their covers. They also write and perform their own music, like their EP No Limits and full-length album Road Les…
Chester See
Chester See started his career on the Disney Channel’s Disney 365 before writing lyrics professionally and eventually starting his YouTube channel to post skits, vlogs, and covers. Since then, his videos of original ballads and romantic pop tunes, like “God Damn You’re Beautiful" and “I’m Falling For You," have garnered more than 175 million views, and Ches…
Josh Levi
Josh Levi had a small recurring role on Friday Night Lights before breaking out as a singer on The X Factor USA. After placing as a finalist on the show, Josh went to YouTube to record cover songs with polished videos, like his duet with Ellona Santiago covering Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally," which has nearly 500k views. His YouTube channel has also become…
Julia Nunes
Julia Nunes has been YouTubing her ukulele videos since 2007, getting recognized by and opening for some of her idols, like Ben Folds and Weezer, and even inspiring Molly Ringwald to learn ukulele. She moved to LA and in 2015 released her fifth album when she felt like her life was falling apart—appropriately calling it Some Feelings. One of the more popula…
Kurt Hugo Schneider
Kurt Hugo Schneider is a producer and singer, who teamed up early with singer Sam Tsui to cover their favorite pop hits and shoot inventive mashup videos with choreography and special effects techniques, like his “Michael Jackson Medley," which featured multiple Sam Tsuis harmonizing with one another on a stage. Kurt, who’s also a chess master, is able to m…