11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The regular entry deadline is February 7th, 2019.

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 9th Annual Shorty Awards YouTube Musician

YouTube lets musicians cut through all the red tape of the industry and get their music directly to listeners, which has changed the music business and created a new generation of superstars. While that means there’s more music than ever to choose from, these YouTube musicians are a cut above the rest, each primed for their big break.

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


Andrew Huang
Toronto-based musician, producer, and YouTuber Andrew Huang might be taking song titles too literally. For example, he hears “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars and—after accepting one of his fan-suggested challenges—reproduces the entire track with 24 carrot-based instruments. In another challenge, he recreates the beat from the viral sensation “Pen Pine...
Meghan Tonjes
“Musician, podcaster, Youtuber, and body-positive badass” Meghan Tonjes is not one to hold back when she wants to be heard. Whether she’s posting videos of her original songs or covers of tunes like Ariana Grande’s “Into You” and “Slumber Party” by Britney Spears, her warm vocal tone invites listeners into her world. Meghan also invites her 250K...
Tiffany Alvord
24-year-old Tiffany Alvord started writing songs at the age of 10 and has never looked back. The Californian singer/songwriter has released three albums of original material, with songs that she has posted to YouTube along with her covers of everything from Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” to Charlie Puth’s “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” with the band ...
Todrick Hall
American Idol semi-finalist and judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Todrick Hall is no stranger to the spotlight. The singer, choreographer, and producer’s knack for theatrical mashups of pop tunes set in fantasy worlds have resulted in videos like “Britney and the Beast” and “Taylor in Wonderland” netting millions of views each on his YouTub...
Trevor Moran
At just 13 years of age, Trevor Moran made it onto The X Factor and by 15 his single “The Dark Side” was charting on Billboard. He released his second original EP Alive at the beginning of 2016, toured with Ricky Dillon in the spring, and turned 18 in September. All his hard work has paid off with a huge YouTube following, where he has over 1.3M...


Irish singer/songwriter Brian O’Reilly, better known to his many fans as Bry, had a huge 2016, not only releasing his self-titled debut album, but also touring the world for most of the year, most notably with megastars Twenty One Pilots on their “Emotional Roadshow” tour. Besides his honest lyrics and thoughtful writing on singles like “You’re Alright” a...
Evynne Hollens
Singer and vocal coach Evynne Hollins knows how to transform a singing voice to sound like anything from Miranda Sings to a Disney princess, something she teaches her 180K+ YouTube subscribers in her How to Sing! series. But that’s not the only transformation she knows about, becoming well known for her covers of Disney songs in music videos where she get...
Josh Levi
Starting in showbiz with a recurring role on Friday Night Lights at age 9, and making a bigger splash at 14 on The X Factor, Josh Levi now takes to YouTube to appease his 170K+ subscribers, with fan-suggested covers showing off his virtuosic voice, and vlogs or challenges posted to let them see his fun and serious sides, too. The Houston native and LA tra...
Rebecca Black
Sure, we all remember the viral sensation that was “Friday,” but Rebecca Black has grown out of the more childish side of music, releasing her hit single “The Great Divide” in 2016 partially because “she just wanted to prove everybody wrong.” She succeeded, getting positive reviews for her seeming u-turn into serious pop music, not to mention over 2.5M vi...
Rob Scallon
Introducing himself to his YouTube visitors with, “My name is Rob and I play guitar for the internet,” Rob Scallon shows he is more reserved in his writing than in his playing, shredding metal guitar riffs, usually on unexpected instruments like the banjo, harp, and shovel—no, really! If it has strings on it, Rob will play it, displaying his mastery of fa...
Canadian YouTuber Andrew Gunadie, aka gunnarolla, is “equally passionate about music and travel,” and it shows on his varied videos, which took him in 2016 to places as far-reaching as Hong Kong, Las Vegas, and all over the Mediterranean on a trip sponsored by Contiki, or find him shooting a music video for one of his electronic dance music-inspired songs...

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, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Regular Entry Deadline is February 7th, 2019