Written by Adam Vossen:

 

The Shorty Awards is a New York City based award show honoring individuals on Social Media. The 8th annual award show will be held in April of 2016. They will be recognizing the influencers and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and many more. Winners of previous Shorty Awards include Taylor Swift, Bill Nye, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and NASA. We’re splitting this up into four categories: Youtube, Instagram, Vine and Tumblr.

 

Nominees for Best Youtube Comedian:

Megan Batoon

Mike Falzone

Ryan Higa

Taryn Southern

Miranda Sings

Jus Reign

Roman Atwood

Mamrie Hart

The Gabbie Show

Kingsley

Emma Blackery

Hartbeat

 

There is a lot of diversity in this group of people; it’s a hard pick. Personally, I predict that Miranda Sings will take home the award.

 

Nominees for Best Youtube Ensemble:

Barely Productions

Shaytards

Jacksgap

The Slow Mo Guys

Sup3rFruit

Prank vs Prank

The Fine Bros

Eleventh Gorgeous

Dan & Phil

The Piano Guys

Dude Perfect

The Gregory Brothers

 

Everyone in this group is very talented, but only one person can win! I would want Jacksgap to win, but my bet is on either Shaytards or Dan & Phil. I know how dedicated their fans are!

 

Nominees for Best Youtube Guru:

Sprinkle of Glitter

Gigi Gorgeous

Manny Mua

Desi Perkins

Kandee Johnson

Rachel Levin

Andrea’s Choice

Deepica Mutual

Patrick Starr

Eva Gutowski

Tanya Burr

Amanda Steele

 

I’m no expert on makeup, but I know that it is the one thing that all of the people in this category share a love for. This will be a hard decision, but my bet is on either Gigi Gorgeous or Amanda Steele.

 

Nominees for Best Youtube Musician:

Ally Hills

Andrew Huang

Lindsey Stirling

Todrick Hall

Flula

Kurt Hugo Schneider

Alessia Cara

Josh Levi

Julia Nunes

Boyce Avenue

Chester See

Lil Dicky

 

This category holds so many talented musicians and I wish they could all go home with an award, but that just can’t happen. I predict Flula or Alessia Cara to win the award.

 

Nominees for Instagrammer of the Year:

Sophie Gamand

Usain Bolt

Looking for Heroes

Passion Passport

Pari Ehsan

The Dogist

Jr

Baddie Winkle

Robert Jahns

Yung Jake

Amanda Seyfried

Girl With No Job

 

Two of my favorite Instagrammers are in this category; it’s going to be tough to choose which to root for. I’m hoping for either the Dogist to win due its many photos of cute dogs, or Robert Jahns due to his beautiful travel photos.

 

Nominees for Instagram Photo of the Year:

 

Can You Find Me? https://www.instagram.com/p/8sg34XlckX/

Super Blood Moon https://www.instagram.com/p/8LlpXDmrDc/

I Bleed Each Month https://www.instagram.com/p/0ovWwJHA6f/

Love Wins https://www.instagram.com/p/4f8TdVLWgV/

Kendall Jenner <3 https://www.instagram.com/p/3H0-Yqjo7u/

Be Proud Of Yourself and Love Yourself https://www.instagram.com/p/4hc3nWujF_/

Happy May Day https://www.instagram.com/p/2KPQtNiaZh/

Peace for Paris https://www.instagram.com/p/-CvRmhhFJP/

Emojis in the Wild https://www.instagram.com/p/2P_N8CJe4l/

Point of View https://www.instagram.com/p/yTdnf-wIat/

What Do You Mean https://www.instagram.com/p/62lH1OAvtW/

Interactive Grams https://www.instagram.com/p/kZ65uzyFRS/

 

All of these photos are so powerful and beautiful; they all give a unique message. My top 3 predictions are “I Bleed Each Month” due to its bashing-misogyny attitude and powerful message, “Love Wins” because it captures the love and excitement of a pride parade after same-sex marriage was legalized, and “Be Proud Of Yourself and Love Yourself ” because it sends such a positive message.

 

Written by George Franks:

 

Nominees for Vine Comedian:

Pastatute

Mikaela Long

Matt Post

Jamie Costa

Meechonmars

Christine Sydelko

Gabriel Gundacker

Aaron Doh

Mielmonster

Ben Cahn

Justin J. Russo

Cyrus

 

My prediction for the winner of the Best Vine Comedian is Gabriel Gundacker. With almost 400k followers and over 400,000,000 loops, he has a large and ever-growing fan base. His vines often surpass 5,000,000 loops and have even gained 15,000,000+ loops. He never fails to leave you laughing, meanwhile delving into and commenting on social and political topics. He’s perhaps best known for his series of Hillary Clinton vines, which altogether have racked up an impressive 35,000,000+ loops. He’s certainly at the top of his league, and has high chances of winning the award.

 

Nominees for Tumblr Blog of the Year:

SKA or Improv

Straight Outta Cooperstown

Will It Beard

100 Things That Should Die

Photoshop Your Dreams

Congrats, You Have An All Male Panel!

2 Kinds of People

Every Single Word

Cinnaman Bun

The Last Message Received

The Daily Task

The Atlas of Beauty

 

I predict that The Atlas of Beauty will win best blog. Mihaela Noroc is a 30-year-old photographer from Romania. Two years ago she used her savings from work to start traveling around the world, taking portrait pictures of women to capture the diversity within each one. Through her blog, you see the true essence of international beauty: women from Colombia to Ethiopia portrayed in a natural and pure light. I feel that her blog’s unique nature stands out amongst the other nominees, therefore giving her a great chance of winning.

 

To put in your votes, click the link below!

http://shortyawards.com/#vote

 

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