Shorty Awards: The Complete Nominations List

5:33 PM 3/1/2016

by Ashley Lee

Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, Aziz Ansari, Michael B. Jordan, Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo and J.K. Rowling are also top contenders for the awards, which highlight Periscope users for the first time.


Finalists for the 8th annual Shorty Awards — highlighting the best content across the social media landscape including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and, for the first time, Periscope — have been narrowed down to the best of the best, including Tom Hanks, Taraji P. Henson, Dwayne Johnson, Aziz Ansari, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele, Michael B. Jordan and J.K. Rowling.

Additionally, the TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Empire, Game of Thrones and The Late Late Show With James Corden, among others. Emma Watson and Mark Ruffalo are included in the activism category, and Drake, Donald Trump and David Bowie are the subjects of some of the GIF of the Year nominees.

Founded and produced by Sawhorse Media, the Shorty Awards will be held April 11 at the Times Center in New York City and will be available via live stream at Finalists in each category — recognizing content for sports, journalism, fashion, humor and more — are determined by rankings from the Real Time Academy ( as well as votes from fans via social media.

See below for the list of Shorty Awards finalists.

  • Arts and Entertainment: Actor

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    Dwayne Johnson
    Lin-Manuel Miranda
    Michael B. Jordan
    Ryan Reynolds
    Tom Hanks
    Zac Efron

  • Arts and Entertainment: Actress

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    Cara Delevingne
    Elizabeth Banks
    Kerry Washington
    Taraji P. Henson
    Uzo Aduba

  • Arts and Entertainment: Celebrity

    Courtesy of NBC

    Chrissy Teigen
    Jimmy Fallon
    Miss Piggy
    Snoop Dogg
    Weird Al

  • Arts and Entertainment: Comedian

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    Aidy Bryant
    Amy Schumer
    Aziz Ansari
    Kevin Hart
    Nick Offerman
    Nicole Byer

  • Arts and Entertainment: Dance

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    Amymarie Gaertner
    Chloe Lukasiak
    Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval
    Maddie Ziegler
    Misty Copeland
    Roberto Bolle

  • Arts and Entertainment: Musician

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    Kanye West
    Little Mix
    Nicki Minaj
    Pearl Jam

  • Content of the Year: Singer

    Demi Lovato
    Ellie Goulding
    Selena Gomez
    Taylor Swift
    Troye Sivan

  • Content of the Year: TV Show


    Broad City
    Game of Thrones
    Saturday Night Live
    Teen Wolf
    The Late Late Show With James Corden


  • Team Internet: Snapchatter

    Courtesy of Instagram/DJKhaled

    DJ Khaled
    Harris Markowitz
    Kylie Jenner
    Real Dr. Miami
    Sara Hopkins

  • Team Internet: Vine Artist

    Alex Draws
    Gerald Andal
    Kayla Christine
    Meagan Cignoli
    Reno Shaw
    Zach King


  • Team Internet: Vine Comedian

    Aaron Doh
    Gabriel Gundacker
    J. Cyrus
    Jamie Costa
    Mikaela Long

  • Team Internet: Vine Musician

    Marcus Perez
    Rachel Bobbit
    Ruth B
    Us The Duo

  • Team Internet: Viner of the Year

    Aaron Chewning
    Brandon Calvillo
    King Bach
    Manon Mathews

  • Team Internet: Web Series

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    Braless With Laci Green
    Decoded With Franchesca Ramsey
    Good Mythical Morning
    Honest Trailers
    Oscar's Hotel for Fantastical Creatures
    You Do You

  • Team Internet: YouTube Comedian

    Jus Reign
    Mamrie Hart
    Mike Falzone
    Miranda Sings
    Roman Atwood
    Ryan Higa

  • Team Internet: YouTube Ensemble

    Dan & Phil
    Dude Perfect
    Prank vs Prank
    The Slow Mo Guys

  • Content of the Year: YouTube Guru

    Andrea's Choice
    Desi Perkins
    Kandee Johnson
    Patrick Starr
    Rachel Levin
    Sprinkle of Glitter

  • Team Internet: YouTube Musician

    Alessia Cara
    Ally Hills
    Lil Dicky
    Lindsey Stirling
    Todrick Hall

  • Team Internet: YouTuber of the Year

    AP Images

    Casey Neistat
    Ingrid Nilsen
    Lilly Singh
    Tyler Oakley

  • Team Internet: Art

    Elle Luna
    Matija Erceg
    Sasha Unisex
    Spencer Hibert
    The Art of Plating

  • Creative and Design: Blogger

    Green Wedding Shoes
    Momma's Gone City
    Nicolette Mason
    Song of Style
    Urban Bush Babes

  • Creative and Design: DIY

    A Beautiful Mess
    Almost Makes Perfect
    Joselyn Hughes
    Mr. Kate
    P.S. – I made this…
    Thread Banger

  • Creative and Design: Fashion

    Brad Walsh

    Chiara Ferragni
    Christian Siriano
    Eva Chen
    Karlie Kloss
    Kendall Jenner
    Linda Rodin

  • Creative and Design: Instagrammer

    Baddie Winkle
    Passion Passport
    Robert Jahns
    Sophie Gamand
    The Dogist

  • News and Media: Animal

    Doug the Pug
    Marnie the Dog
    Marutaro the hedgehog
    Trump Your Cat

  • News and Media: Author

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    Andy Weir
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    J.K. Rowling
    Saeed Jones
    Sarah Dessen
    Sloane Crosley

  • News and Media: Food

    Clean Food Dirty City
    Hannah Hart
    How To Cake It
    Samantha Lee
    The Infatuation
    Tiger Tomato

  • News and Media: Healthy Living

    Cassey Ho
    Fit Men Cook
    Jessamyn Stanley
    Kati Morton
    Laura Sykora
    Teresa Cutter

  • News and Media: Journalist

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    Glenn Greenwald
    Jenna Wortham
    Kara Swisher
    Katie Couric
    Nicholas Kristof
    Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • News and Media: Parenting

    Dude to Dad
    Eh Bee Family
    Honest Toddler
    The Unmumsy Mum
    What’s Up MOMS

  • News and Media: Parody Account

    Saturday Night Live/NBC

    Emo Kylo Ren
    Bros Being Basic
    Kanye Doing Things
    Millennials of New York
    Rick Grimes

  • News and Media: Sports

    AP Images

    Abby Wambach
    Lebron James
    Ronda Rousey
    Serena Williams
    Shaquille O'Neal
    Stephen Curry

  • Tech and Innovation: Activism

    Brandon Stanton
    Emma Watson
    Janet Mock
    Jesse Williams
    Malala Yousafzai
    Mark Ruffalo

  • Tech and Innovation: Education

    Adam Grant
    Crash Course
    Epic Rap Battles of History
    Khan Academy
    Smarter Every Day
    Reshma Saujani

  • Tech and Innovation: Gaming

    Game Grumps
    Rooster Teeth's Let's Play
    The Game Theorists

  • Tech and Innovation: Periscoper

    Africa Miranda
    Dan Snow
    Katie Dunlop
    Matthew Santoro
    Mitch Oates
    Season & Snare

  • Tech and Innovation: YouNower

    Emma McGann
    Hailey Knox
    Jelly and Day
    Merrell Twins

  • Tech and Innovation: Podcast

    Another Round With Heben and Tracy
    Black Girls Talking
    Ear Biscuits
    Not Too Deep With Grace Helbig

  • Tech and Innovation: Science

    I F—ing Love Science
    In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt
    Scott Kelly

  • Tech and Innovation: Weird

    Amy Sedaris
    Bill Wurtz
    Carrot Facts
    How To Basic
    Megan Amram
    wolf pupy

  • Content of the Year: GIF of the Year

  • Content of the Year: Instagram Photo

  • Content of the Year: Tumblr Blog

  • Team Internet: Vine of the Year

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