Shorty Award Winners 2015: Who Won The Web’s Weirdest Awards?


The Shorty Awards have come and gone and, to be honest, we’re not even sure that we care. The Shortys are designed to honor those people and organizations who produce excellent short form content across the entire social web — that means Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and any other social website under the sun. Winners are chosen by Twitter votes as well as some sort of mysterious Academy of voters, presumably the Illuminati, based on criteria that no one fully understands. Yes, the Shorty Awards are a modern mystery. Like the great pyramids of Giza, we can but look upon them in wonder and confusion.

Anyway, some people won Shorty Awards last night. We don’t get it, but we’re real happy for them. Here is a list of those people for you to read.


Activist – Katie Meyler

Actor – Chris Pratt

Actress – Bella Thorne

Artist – Katie Rodgers

Athlete – Lauren Fleshman

Author – Susan Orlean

Band – HAIM

Blogger – Maria Popova

BN Student Presented By Barnes & Noble College*- Alexia Raye

Brazil** – Marina Silva

Business Blogger Presented By Cox Blue – Jeff Barrett

Celebrity – Conan Obrien

Charity – The Gates Foundation

Comedian – Hannibal Buress

Director – Alfredo Flores

DIY – Bethany Mota

Emoji – Poop Face***

Fake Account – Bored Elon Musk

Fansite – Taylor Swift Web

Fashion – Nicole Warne

Food – Alton Brown

Gamer – Felix Kjellberg

GIF – Tiger Cub and Boy ****

Green – Climate Desk

Healthy Living – Kris_Carr

Instagrammer – C&C Mini Factory

Journalist – Wesley Lowery

Musician – Questlove Gomez

Musician – Lorde*****

Newsworthy Photo – Ebola In Liberia by Daniel Berehulak

Non-Human****** – Congress Edits

Parent – Marala Scott

Photographer – Nat Geo Photography

Pinner – Erica and Lauren

Podcast – Serial

Science – Bill Nye*******

Singer – Taylor Swift

Snapchatter – Jerome Jarre

Teen Hero – Malala Fund

Top Breakout Reddit Community – Serious Eats

Tumblr Blog – If They Gunned Me Down

TV Show – Fallon Tonight

Vine Artist – Ian Padgham

Vine Artist – Alicia Herber

Vine Comedian – Brandon Bowen

Vine Musician – Shawn Mendes

Vine – The 9 Month Vine

Vine – The Evolution of Sharing

Vine Star – Thomas Sanders

Web Show – Source Fed

Weird******** – Saved You A Click

YouTube Comedian – Jenna Mourey/Marbles

YouTube Guru – Michelle Phan

YouTube Musician – Pentatonix

YouTube Star – SMOSH


So there you have it. Those are the Shorty Awards. Some people won them, presumably for reasons. This knowledge is yours to keep.


** How do you win best “Brazil” ????

*** What are we doing here?! We have a limited about of time on this planet!

**** Guys seriously, life is short.

***** There are two winners for “Musician” so I guess Questlove and Lorde have to fight to the death now?

****** I wasn’t even nominated.

******* Ok, fair.

******** …most of this is pretty weird, guys.

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