The finalists for the 11th annual Shorty Awards are out, honoring the best of social media by recognizing the influencers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Musically and more. The winners will be unveiled May 5 at a ceremony in New York City.
Past winners include Taylor Swift, Tyler Oakley, Casey Neistat, Hannibal Buress, Malala Yousafzai, Jenna Marbles, J.K. Rowling, Adele and DJ Khaled.
Winners are chosen through a combination of votes from the public on the shortyawards.com website and scores given by the Real Time Academy, a coalition of social media industryites in technology, journalism, business and culture. The academy is responsible for shaping the criteria and rules of the Shorty Awards and for selecting winners and honorees.
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Gregory Galant, Shorty Awards co-founder and MuckRack CEO, said this year’s nominees have “shown how social media and the Internet can be used in an inspiring manner. The introduction of the “Innovator of the Year” category this year means we can honor directors, producers, entrepreneurs, and multi-faceted creatives who are doing spectacular work across many mediums, while rapidly pushing society forward through their work.”
Below are the finalists in the Arts & Entertainment categories. For the full list of finalists in all categories, which includes the likes of Colin Kaepernick in Activism and Ava Duvernay, Bo Burnham and Lady Gaga for Innovator of the Year, click here.
Arts & Entertainment Finalists
Best in Comedy
Best in Dance
Best in Music
Best TV Show
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