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Shorty Awards 2017 Social-Media Finalists Announced

Variety logo Variety 3/2/2017 Todd Spangler

The finalists for the 9th Annual Shorty Awards — honoring top internet stars and social-media content of the year — have been revealed.

Some of the notable finalists for 2017 include: Cher, Chrissy Teigen, Kylie Jenner, Oprah, Maddie Ziegler, Chance the Rapper, Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Stephen King, Lady Gaga, Doug the Pug, Jenna Marbles, Gigi Gorgeous, Lilly Singh, Anna Faris, Bill Nye, Colleen Ballinger (Miranda Sings) and Tyler Oakley.

New categories this year include Muser of the Year (recognizing influencers); Breakout YouTuber; Vlogger of the Year; House & Home; and Twitch Streamer of the Year. Other awards in the digital-media space include the Streamy Awards and Webby Awards.

The 2017 Shorty Awards will be held April 23 in New York at Times Square’s PlayStation Theater with live-streaming coverage at The six finalists in each category were determined by rankings from the Real Time Academy as well as votes from fans via social media; the finalist with the highest ranking will be crowned the winner.

Founded and produced by Sawhorse Media, the Shorty Awards received 5 million votes from internet users this year — up 50% from last year, according to Shorty Awards co-founder and Muck Rack CEO Greg Galant.

Here are the finalists for the 9th Annual Shorty Awards’ top categories (full list available at this link):


Aziz Ansari

Channing Tatum

Cole Sprouse

Gaten Matarazzo

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Ryan Reynolds


Brie Larson

Gina Rodriguez

Kristen Bell

Shay Mitchell

Skai Jackson

Viola Davis



Chrissy Teigen

Kylie Jenner

Lady Gaga

Lin-Manuel Miranda


YouTuber of the Year

Colleen Ballinger

Gigi Gorgeous

Jenna Marbles

Lilly Singh

Liza Koshy

MKBHD (Marques Brownlee)

Breakout YouTuber

Alexis G. Zall

Bretman Rock

Evelyn From the Internets

James Charles

Mikey Murphy

Ozzy Man Reviews

Instagrammer of the Year

Celebs on Sandwiches

Desirée De León

Doug the Pug

Paulo del Valle

Stephen McMennamy

Vickie Liu

Muser of the Year

Baby Ariel

Dani and Deven (Perkins Sisters)

Jacob Sartorius

Lisa and Lena

Loren Gray

Max and Harvey

Snapchatter of the Year

Ani Acopian

Lauren Giraldo

Mike Platco


Rasmus Kolbe

Women In Tech


Chelsea Peretti

Elijah Daniel & Christine Sydelko

Leslie Jones

Samantha Bee

Sarah Silverman

The Lonely Island


1Million Dance Studio

Maddie Ziegler

Matt Steffanina

Taylor Hatala


WilldaBeast Adams


Ariana Grande


Chance the Rapper

Ingrid Michaelson


Tegan & Sara

TV Show

“Game of Thrones”

“Gilmore Girls”

“Mr. Robot”

“Orange Is the New Black”

“Stranger Things”

“Teen Wolf”


Chuck Klosterman

Jennifer Weiner

Mara Wilson

Maureen Johnson

Roxane Gay

Stephen King


Bryan Yambao

Danielle Bernstein

Julie Sariñana

Margaret Zhang

Olivier Rousteing

Winnie Harlow


“Anna Faris is Unqualified”

Dan Carlin’s “Hardcore History”

“Guys We F—-d”


“Stuff You Should Know”

“TED Radio Hour”

Twitch Streamer of the Year


Bob Ross





Vlogger of the Year

David Dobrik

Erik Conover

Julien Solomita

Louis Cole


The Gabbie Vlogs

Web Series

“Camp Unplug”



“Girl on Girl” with Hannah Witton

“Style Code Live”

“The Tyler Oakley Show”

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Digital star King Bach (aka Andrew Bachelor) at the 2016 Shorty Awards at the Times Center in New York City. Courtesy of Shorty Awards

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