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 9th Annual Shorty Awards Music

Indie, pop, hip-hop, rock and roll, soul—music is the universal language, and social media lets musicians speak to everyone. Whether they’re trying out ideas on Snapchat, debuting new videos on YouTube, or Instagramming from backstage at a show, these musicians are the best at sharing their work with the world.

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


Ariana Grande
Don’t let her cute bunny ears and sexy cat eyes fool you, Ariana Grande is, as her hit record suggests, a Dangerous Woman. When she’s not dropping endless Billboard Hot 100 singles or killing it on Fox’s Grease Live, Ariana is busy playing with the latest Snapchat filters and chatting with her tens of millions of @arianagrande followers across var…
Chance The Rapper
Chicago had a great year this year, starting with the meteoric rise of Chance The Rapper in the hip hop scene. Chance, a Kanye protege, released his critically-acclaimed mixtape Coloring Book exclusively on Apple Music, rapping about everything from his new daughter to Jesus Christ to the difficulties of being black in Chicago. Chance’s soulful so…
Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson has a voice and essence reminiscent of 90s alternative rock, but with a few more Snapchat filters in her music videos. She’s a modern feminist, writing love songs for all the girls out there, and ignoring haters and Twitter trolls. When she can’t sleep at night, she posts Instagram videos of herself harmonizing from bed for her 2…
Much more than just Beyonce’s younger sister, Solange Knowles is a fashion it-girl, a critically-acclaimed singer, and a queen of Instagram. As someone who steers clear of the typical Hollywood life—calling New Orleans home—Solange is a breath of fresh air in everything she creates. Her mix of cultures, sounds, and textiles make for a gorgeous Ins…
Tegan & Sara
Canadian twins Tegan & Sara are a singing duo that have made waves in the indie pop scene for two decades. They’ve released eight studio albums since 1995, including this year’s Love You to Death, which started them on another global tour. They’re big fans of Snapchat, which mainly consists of Tegan snapping Sara while she’s not looking, using her…


Britney Spears
It’s Britney, bitch! We’ve gone through many phases of Britney Spears over the past two decades, and her new Instagram personality might be her best yet. For someone who was so private for so long, Britney is welcoming the world back into her life through Instagram videos, memes, inspirational quotes, and selfies. Her millions of fans can find her ‘gramming…
While Drake may have come a long way from his days on Disney Channel’s Degrassi: The Next Generation, he never loses sight of where he came from… #The6. The courtside king of the Toronto Raptors even took to his legendary Instagram feed to profess his #womancrusheveryday on NBA sideline reporter Doris Burke and comedian Sarah Silverman. When he’s not out on…
Mac Miller
A man of many alter-egos, we know him best as the young rapper Mac Miller. If you follow him on Instagram, you probably know him under his record producer pseudonym @larryfisherman. Straight outta Pittsburgh, PA, Mac Miller was one of the first independent artists to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart since the 90s, a feat he almost recreated when he …
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott may leave the spotlight on occasion, but she’s never gone for too long. She literally jumped back into our lives on Katy Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl halftime show stage, then graced us with her presence during James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with favorite First Lady and BFF Michelle Obama. As someone who’s been in the music industry for nearly thre…
The 1975
The 1975 is an English rock band from Manchester with a new wave sound and a touch of rock bands from the past. This year’s album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it was announced by deactivating the band’s social media accounts, only to reinstate them later with news of the new album. The band also partnered with Tar…
Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots is an electro-indie pop duo from Columbus, Ohio bringing an eclectic sound to the current musical stream. After their appearance in 2016 on Saturday Night Live, the band has become a household name for many. When the duo released their single “Heathens” for the hit movie Suicide Squad, they joined The Beatles and Elvis as the only acts to …

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

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