The Shorty Awards 2015

The Shorty Awards 2015

April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015
New York City
New York City


The Shorty Awards, also known as the Shortys, is an annual awards event, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social web.

The awards are organized by the co-founders of the Brooklyn-based startup company Sawhorse Media.[1] Greg Galant is CEO and Co-founder and Lee Semel is CTO and Co-founder of Sawhorse Media.[2] Since their creation in 2008, the awards have expanded beyond Twitter to recognize content creation on other social networking sites, including YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and Facebook.

Twitter users nominate six finalists in each award category, and a panel of expert and celebrity judges choose winners. An awards ceremony is held each spring and streamed live on the official website. Each award recognizes the entire body of work of the content creator, rather than an individual tweet or post. A 2012 Forbes magazine article about the awards commented: "The Shortys recognize that social media is about more than who can get the most followers ... we are creating millions of pieces of new writing that will define our generation. ... These writings ... are creating our history of record."[3]

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Chris Pratt
bornJune 21, 1979
Virginia, Minnesota
Bella Thorne
American actress, singer
bornOctober 8, 1997
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
Conan O'Brien
Television personality
bornApril 18, 1963
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Resides inNew York City, New York and Burbank, California

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Rachel Susan Dratch (born February 22, 1966) is an American actress, comedian, producer and writer. Born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, she graduated from Dartmouth College in 1988 and moved to Chicago, Illinois, to study improvisational theatre at The Second City and ImprovOlympic.

Her breakthrough came on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she was a cast member from 1999 to 2006. Besides her work on SNL, she has appeared as a guest star in television shows such as The King of Queens and 30 Rock, as well as films such as Click and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In 2012, she published her autobiographical book Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters and a Midlife Miracle. She also portrayed the museum guard in Sesame Street's The Cookie Thief.

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Panic! at the Disco (stylized for a time as Panic at the Disco[1][2]) is an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.

Founded by childhood friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco recorded its first demos while its members were in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released its debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). Made known by the top ten lead single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", the album eventually was certified double platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour, and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.

Influenced by 1960s rock bands the Beatles, the Zombies and the Beach Boys, and preceded by the hit single, "Nine in the Afternoon", the band's second studio album, Pretty. Odd. (2008), marked a significant departure from the sound of the band's debut, and ultimately led to the departure of guitarist and principal songwriter Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, who favored the band's new direction. The duo subsequently formed a new band, the Young Veins, leaving Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! at the Disco.

Continuing as a duo, Urie and Smith released a new single, "New Perspective", and recruited Dallon Weekes as their bassist and Ian Crawford as their lead guitarist to accompany the band during live performances. Weekes was later inducted into the band's lineup as a full-time member in 2010, nearing the end of the recording of the band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues (2011).[3] The album marked a return to the band's initial Vaudevillian pop punk sound and was recorded solely by Urie and Spencer with producers John Feldmann and Butch Walker.

As a three-piece, Urie, Smith, and Weekes recorded and released the band's fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, in 2013.

In 2015, founding member Spencer Smith officially left the band. Bassist Dallon Weekes was also downgraded to a touring member once again, leaving Brendon Urie as the only member of the official lineup. On April 20, 2015, the band released "Hallelujah" as the first single from their fifth studio album.[4][5] The fifth album Death of a Bachelor was released worldwide on January 15, 2016.[6]


Ceremony Presenters8

Notable Judges10

Best Actor Nominees6

Best Actress Nominees7

Best Band Nominees7

Top Albums by Best Band Nominees13

Top Songs by Best Band Nominees14

Best Celebrity Nominees7

Best Comedian Nominees4

Best Singer Nominees4

Top Albums by Best Singer Nominees5

Top Songs by Best Singer Nominees6

Best TV Show Nominees7

Best YouTube Comedian Nominees4

Best YouTube Musician Nominees7

Top Albums by Best YouTube Musician Nominees5

Top Songs by Best YouTube Musician Nominees2

YouTube Star of the Year Nominees5

Best Athlete Nominees6

Best Author Nominees4

Best in Food Nominees6

Best Gamer Nominees5

Global Issues - Brazil Nominees4

Best Web Show Nominees4

Best Podcast Nominees5

Best Charity Nominees4

Best Musician Nominees3

Top Albums by Best Musician Nominees2

Top Songs by Best Musician Nominees2

Best YouTube Guru Nominees3

Best in DIY Nominees3

Best in Healthy Living Nominees3

Best in Science Nominees3

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News Articles7

Shorty Awards 2015 Winners: Full List Of Celebrities, Bloggers And Social Media Mavens Who Walked Away With An Award
International Business Times  –  April 21, 2015
The 2015 Shorty Awards officially came to a close on Monday night. But which celebrities, artists and social media mavens left the 7th annual star-studded event, hosted by “SNL” veteran Rachel Dratch, with the coveted and seriously heavy whale tail trophy?
2015 Shorty Awards to Honor Best of the Best of Social Media
Black Enterprise  –  April 15, 2015
On April 20 at the Times Center in New York City, the 7th Annual Shorty Awards will honor the best of the best of social media, from Facebook to Twitter to Vine and beyond. This year’s host is actress and comedian Rachel Dratch, and confirmed presenters ...
Breitbart Editor Blacklisted From Shorty Awards After Clandestine Feminist Whispering Campaign
Breitbart News  –  April 22, 2015
Breitbart associate editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who was nominated by public vote as the leading candidate in the “journalist” category of the Shorty Awards this year, was scrubbed from the nominations roster after a whispering campaign by feminist ...
How To Get Rid Of Acne — Bella Thorne’s Clear Skin At Shorty Awards
Hollywood Life (blog)  –  April 21, 2015
Isn’t she lovely? Bella looked like a stunning, natural beauty on the red carpet at the Shorty Awards. The actress normally opts for curled hairstyles, but this time she flaunted a sleek and smooth blowout. Her subtle hair went perfectly with her ...
The Shorty Awards: Where The Points Don’t Matter and No One Cares Who Wins  –  February 10, 2015
The Shorty Awards is the award ceremony for those who live on social media and have the craft of audience engagement down to a “science,” so why does it feel like it’s just a participation trophy for all those involved? Let’s be real for a second ...
The Shorty Awards
Entertainment Weekly Online  –  April 21, 2015
Imagine an awards show in which recipients are encouraged to incorporate a song or dance into their acceptance speech. That’s basically what happened at the Seventh Annual Shorty Awards Monday night. The awards, which honor the best content produced on ...
Rachel Dratch to Host 2015 Shorty Awards (Exclusive)
Variety  –  April 6, 2015
Rachel Dratch, the comedienne best known for her seven-year stint on “Saturday Night Live,” will host the seventh annual Shorty Awards, which will bestow laurels on the top social-media personalities and sites of the year. This year’s Shorty Awards ...

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