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Recap: The 6th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards are a hilarious networking event and award show recognizing the best in social media across thousands of categories. The 6th Annual Shorty Awards, held at the TimesCenter (41st and 8th) in NYC on Monday, featured raunchy, uproarious comedian Natasha Leggero as host, and was off to a crazy start from the moment she opened her mouth.

Miss USA Erin Brady and Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf.
Photo by Neilson Barnard

The presenters were awesome this year, with comedian Gilbert Gottfried, “Parks and Recreation” actress Retta, hilarious actor/comedian Matt Walsh, the “King of Partying” Andrew W.K., and many more taking the stage.

Also in attendance were reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, actor/comedian H. Jon Benjamin, Miss USA Erin Brady and Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, Tumblr CEO David Karp, Domo, and Vine Editor Jason Mante.

Musical married couple “US” performed a medley of ‘90s television theme songs, including “Full House,” “90210,” “All That,” and “Pokémon,” and photo booth/.gif specialists Bosco were in the building again supplying free evidence of our fun time.

Some of the 6th Annual Shorty Award winners were:

  • Nature Conservancy- Social Media’s Best Charity
  • Paulo Pirula- Social Media’s Best in Education
  • “My reflection is cooler than me” by Chad Jaxon Perez- Vine of the Year
  • Sir Ian McKellen- Social Media’s Best Celebrity
  • Patton Oswalt- Social Media’s Best Comedian
  • @SeinfeldToday- Best Fake Account
  • GoPro- Best Brand on Instagram, Best Facebook Page
  • NASA Goddard- Social Media's Best Government

Social media has become an integral part of a company’s marketing strategy, and the insights they provide allow brands to better serve their target audiences. For instance, eco-friendly jewelry retailer Alex and Ani were able to increase their ROI by 80% by utilizing eBay Enterprise and adopting cutting-edge technology such as the Kenshoo social platform. Alex and Ani was nominated for the Shorty’s Best Facebook Campaign Award.

Greg Galant, CEO and co-founder of Sawhouse Media (the company behind the Shorty’s), stated that the awards will continue to grow as social media develops.

“Social media is always changing,” Galant told “Last year, Vine didn’t exist, Instagram Video didn’t exist. This year, they were both centerpieces of the ceremony. On the one hand, we know it’s going to keep growing. Social media only gets bigger and bigger. We also know it’s going to keep changing. We’re working now to adjust it.”

To see Jerry Seinfeld accept his award for Best Web Show, Will Ferrell give a hilarious acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and other on-camera gems, visit The full list of winners is available on

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