Exclusive: All the finalists for this year's Shorty Awards, which won't be a physical event for the first time in 12 years because of the coronavirus

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Exclusive: All the finalists for this year's Shorty Awards, which won't be a physical event for the first time in 12 years because of the coronavirus

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  • The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, from people to organizations, and this year's list of finalists includes YouTube influencer Jeffree Star, actress Sophie Turner, and the internet's favorite memes, like Baby Yoda Sipping Tea.
  • New to this year's finalists: TikTok creators are nominated for categories other than "TikTokker of the Year," which shows the rise of the platform.
  • This year's awards ceremony will be held virtually on May 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event will be livestreamed on ShortyAwards.com.
  • Check out the full list of finalists for the 12th annual Shorty Awards, below.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The list of finalists for the 12th annual Shorty Awards is officially out.

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, from people to organizations. This year's list of finalists include YouTube sensation Jeffree Star (17 million subscribers), Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner, and the Baby Yoda Sipping Tea meme.

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This year's awards ceremony will be held virtually on May 3 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The event will be livestreamed on ShortyAwards.com.

"We're disappointed that we can't bring everyone together this year for a physical event in New York City as we have done for the past 11 years," a spokesperson for the Shorty Awards said in a statement to Business Insider. "However, given the public health concerns, we feel it's our responsibility to put the safety of our community and public health first."

New to this year's finalists: There are several TikTok stars nominated within categories like Food & Drink, Meme of the Year, Weird, and Beauty. This is the first year TikTok creators are nominated in categories other than "TikTokker of the Year," which is due to the number of viral trends, challenges, and crazes that spawned from TikTok and dominated social media in 2019.

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These finalists are determined both by rankings from The Real Time Academy and public votes.

Here are the 2020 Shorty Award finalists:


For more on the finalists, check out these posts on Business Insider Prime:

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Actor (Arts & Entertainment)

Actor (Arts & Entertainment)

Angela Bassett
Billy Porter
Brie Larson
Naomi Scott
Rebel Wilson
Sophie Turner

Celebrity (Arts & Entertainment)

Celebrity (Arts & Entertainment)

Adam Sandler
Beyoncé
Demi Lovato
Jennifer Aniston
Jonathan Van Ness
Zendaya

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Comedy (Arts & Entertainment)

Comedy (Arts & Entertainment)

Aidy Bryant
Lamorne Morris
Randall Park
Trevor Noah
Trevor Wallace
Wanda Sykes

Dance (Arts & Entertainment)

Dance (Arts & Entertainment)

Benny The Bull
Ghetto Spiderman
Harper Watters
Izzy and Easton
King's United
Sherrie Silver

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Music (Arts & Entertainment)

Music (Arts & Entertainment)

Billie Eilish
Celine Dion
Lil' Nas X
Lizzo
Missy Elliott
TWICE

Sports (Arts & Entertainment)

Sports (Arts & Entertainment)

Alex Rodriguez
Allyson Felix
Coco Gauff
Megan Rapinoe
Simone Manuel
Zion Williamson

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Animal (Creative & Media)

Animal (Creative & Media)

MAYA THE SAMOYED
Puddin
Reagandoodle
Tito the Raccoon
Venus the Two Face Cat
Waffles the Cat

Arts (Creative & Media)

Arts (Creative & Media)

Adam Hillman
Dave Pollot
Mike Bennett Art
Pablo Rochat
Positively Present
strawberrypuffcake

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Beauty (Creative & Media)

Beauty (Creative & Media)

Ariel Tejada
Cohl's World
Jessica Vu
Kheris Rogers
Letícia F Gomes
Nikita Dragun

Fashion (Creative & Media)

Fashion (Creative & Media)

Adut Akech
Aquaria
Carmen Carrera
Edgar Artis
Menswear Dog
Tabria Majors

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Food (Creative & Media)

Food (Creative & Media)

Amirah Kassem
Erik Lamkin
Juns Kitchen
Naturally.Jo
Sam the Cooking Guy
Y.Na

Health & Wellness (Creative & Media)

Health & Wellness (Creative & Media)

Chloe Ting
Diary of a Fit Mommy
Massy Arias
Megan Jayne Crabbe
The Sad Ghost Club
Wheels2Walking

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House & Home (Creative & Media)

House & Home (Creative & Media)

Bobby Berk
Farah Merhi
Joanna Gaines
Our Faux Farmhouse
Ryan Serhant
Studio Mcgee

Journalism (Creative & Media)

Journalism (Creative & Media)

Caitlin Dickerson
Hannah Morales
Mina Kimes
Mona Chalabi
Stephen A. Smith
Yamiche Alcindor

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LGBTQ+ Account (Creative & Media)

LGBTQ+ Account (Creative & Media)

Dom and Nick
Edison Fan
Jammi Dodger
Rain Dove
Rose and Rosie
Ty Turner

Lifestyle (Creative & Media)

Lifestyle (Creative & Media)

Chachi Gonzales
Cherry Wallis
Color Me Courtney
Jose Zuniga
Les Do Makeup
Raven Navera

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Meme/Parody Account (Creative & Media)

Meme/Parody Account (Creative & Media)

Comments By Celebs
Dilfs of DisneyLand
PigeonsDoingThings
sonny5ideup
Subway Creatures
Thoughts of Dog

Parenting, Family and Kids (Creative & Media)

Parenting, Family and Kids (Creative & Media)

Team 2 Moms
The Bramfam
The Bucket List Family
The McClure Family
The Rush Fam
Through Our Eyes

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Weird (Creative & Media)

Weird (Creative & Media)

Buttered Side Down
Caitlin Doughty
jackstauber
Jan Erichsen
Pro Bird Rights
The Nekci Menij Show

Activism (Tech and Innovation)

Activism (Tech and Innovation)

Amanda Nguyen
Bindi & Robert Irwin
Greta Thunberg
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi
Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier
Shaymaa Ismaa'eel

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Gaming (Tech and Innovation)

Gaming (Tech and Innovation)

Azzyland
bugha
Gloom
LazarBeam
NoisyButters
Vanoss Gaming

Podcaster (Tech and Innovation)

Podcaster (Tech and Innovation)

Conan O'Brien
Emma Chamberlain
Gaby Dunn
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey
MKBHD
Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Travel (Tech and Innovation)

Travel (Tech and Innovation)

Carrie DeJong
Eva zu Beck
Fearless & Far
Haley Dasovich
Maryjane
VagaBrothers

Breakout YouTuber (Team Internet)

Breakout YouTuber (Team Internet)

Jennelle Eliana
Jordyn Woods
Niko Omilana
Noah Schnapp
Supercar Blondie
Talia Mar

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Instagrammer of the Year (Team Internet)

Instagrammer of the Year (Team Internet)

Adam Waheed
Laetitia KY
Poorly Drawn Lines
Strange Planet
Wolfgang
World Record Egg

TikTokker of the Year (Team Internet)

TikTokker of the Year (Team Internet)

Avani Gregg
Brittany Broski
Emmy
Howie Mandel
Just Sul
theewilliam45

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Twitch Streamer of the Year (Team Internet)

Twitch Streamer of the Year (Team Internet)

AnneMunition
dakotaz
LilyPichu
Loeya
Maria Lopez
MrFreshAsian

YouTube Comedian (Team Internet)

YouTube Comedian (Team Internet)

CalebCity
Eddy Burback
Kiera Bridget
Morgan Adams
Sarah Schauer
Scott Cramer

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YouTube Ensemble (Team Internet)

YouTube Ensemble (Team Internet)

Dope or Nope
Kian and JC
Montoya Twinz
Sam and Colby
Squirmy and Grubs
YouTwoTV

YouTube Musician (Team Internet)

YouTube Musician (Team Internet)

BlackGryph0n
Catie Turner
LLusion
Pomplamoose
Sam Tsui
SethEverman

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YouTuber of the Year (Team Internet)

YouTuber of the Year (Team Internet)

ContraPoints
Eugenia Cooney
Jeffree Star
Mr. Beast
Vereena Sayed
Wengie

Emoji of the Year (Content)

Emoji of the Year (Content)

Australian Flag
Just a little bit
Boooooring
Sloth
Otter chillin'
Assisted Walking

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Gif of the Year (Content)

Gif of the Year (Content)

And I Oop
Dog Yes
Idris Elba on Hot Ones
Lady Gaga Eye Roll
Marsai Martin at the BET Awards
Tesla's Bulletproof Window

Instagram of the Year (Content)

Instagram of the Year (Content)

John Mayer's bottle cap kick
Lizzo post AMAs
Now we're Friends on Instagram too!
Ramen can fix anything
Will Smith getting to 50M followers
World Record Egg Post

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Meme of the Year (Content)

Meme of the Year (Content)

Baby Yoda Sipping Tea
Gonna tell my kids...
Gummy Adele
Mr. Sandman Challenge
Ok Boomer
Woman Yells at Cat