9th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

All finalists have been announced, stay tuned for more updates about the 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017

Brands & Organizations

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.

Meme/Parody Account

As a wise cartoon once said, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” No one proves that more than our nominees, all of whom have taken to apps like Twitter and Instagram to create personas, augment reality, or fly their freak flag—simultaneously upending social media and pushing it to new and hilarious heights. In 2016, these meme machines were exactly what society needed to make it through the year.

Finalists

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@FibonacciSpiral
Have you ever looked at Deadpool’s ass and said, “That looks perfect to me, but is that mathematically possible?” Well, @FibonacciSpiral is here to tell you, unequivocally, “Yes!” You might remember the Fibonacci spiral shape, (symbolizing the “golden ratio”) from high school geometry, or from its important role in The Da Vinci Code, but you’ve ...
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Kirby Jenner
The supposed “Fraternal Twin of Kendall Jenner,” Instagrammer @kirbyjenner does seem to find himself everywhere his social media mogul “sister” goes, whether it’s next to Kanye on a plane ride home, or dancing around the Kardashians’ kitchen. Created by an LA-based creative team with seamless Photoshop skills, Kirby and his bushy mustache brush ...
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Taste of Streep
Start with a Brooklyn acting student, mix in some pics of food, then stir in a dash of Meryl Streep and—voila—you get @tasteofstreep, the Instagram account that’s been satiating its 170K+ followers ever since March 2016, when Samantha Raye decided—and doesn’t remember why—to superimpose a picture of the actress on a pink donut. “The response I r...
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Versace Tamagotchi
The warped and hilarious brainchild of LA-based director Jack Wagner, @versace_tamagotchi was born from a bet between friends at the end of 2015 to see who could get 10,000 followers first. Impressively, Jack won in two weeks, and in 2016 he easily surpassed 100K on Instagram. A sort of stream-of-consciousness feed from a deeply creative mind, o...
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Your Shitty Family
An Instagram feed devoted to “unspirational” screengrabs of cringe-worthy texts between family members, @yourshittyfamily gives a peek into the awkwardness of family life in the 21st century. You know, like when your mom texts you to ask, “What does MILF stand for,” or you accidentally send your dad details about your sex life. Pushing 1 million...

Nominees

@MyTherapistSays
Started in 2015 by two twentysomething friends who couldn’t resist posting hilarious screengrabs, @MyTherapistSays has become a constant stream of Instagram memes, with a following that surpassed 1.6 million in 2016. Often recontextualizing still images from films, TV, and the internet by adding tongue-in-cheek comments, @MyTherapistSays has a knack for p...
@buy_2_hams
What happens when you take one ham, add another ham, and sell the pair for $20? Twitter insanity. The Ham Man behind @buy_2_hams takes salesmanship to the next level by positioning his hams as many ways as possible. Cross-branding initiatives—check. Placement in popular internet memes—done. Visibility at a major sporting event—absolutely. With a constant ...
@chillwildlife
One of the “16 Funniest Instagram Accounts” according to Vogue, @chillwildlife features “v chill animals” in their funniest and most human moments. Japanese-Canadian artist Jeff Hamada plies 130K+ Instagram followers with insanely cute pics and clips like a cat-on-cat massage, or a pug fully maxing and relaxing in a pool floaty. With submissions often com...
@paprbackparadise
It’s a simple premise, really—Photoshop comedic titles onto everyday paperback books, based on the ridiculous cover illustrations. And yet it took Paperback Paradise (“The world’s #1 used book store”) until 2016 to start posting their hysterical takes on old Hardy Boys adventures, The Boxcar Children, and every paperback in between. A seemingly banal Swee...
Every Outfit on SATC
Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni are the bi-coastal brains behind Instagram’s ultra-popular @everyoutfitonsatc feed (that’s Sex and the City for the fashion-unaware). Commenting in all-caps on garish get-ups seen on the long-running HBO show, from an “IMPORTANT BELT CONCEPT” to a “MAJOR HAT MOMENT,” the two fashion writers don’t let any of the ridiculo...
chefjacqueslamerde
Instagrammer @chefjacqueslamerde takes the #foodie movement one step too far, turning low ingredients (Oreos, Cheez-Whiz, and Twinkies, among others) into high cuisine, with beautiful results. The deconstructed dishes, with “tweezered everything,” look exciting to the tastebuds, but this chef’s tongue is planted firmly in-cheek. With “extravagant” dishes ...

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, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 9th Annual Shorty Awards were held April 23, 2017 in NYC and streamed to the public.