RECAP: Shorty Awards 2015
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

On April 20 at the Times Center in New York City, the 7th Annual Shorty Awards honored the best of the best of social media, with this year’s host, actress and comedian Rachel Dratch, kicking off the evening with a hilarious video highlighting her training regimen to prepare for hosting duties.

Among top winners were music artist and producer QuestLove, comedian Hannibal Buress (of Comedy Central and Adult Swim fame), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (best charity) and bestselling author and Oprah’s Ambassador of Hope Marala Scott.

Wyclef Jean introduced popular band Panic! At the Disco who performed hits for the crowd. Other celebs who presented awards included celebrity chef and Food Network host Alton Brown, singer-musician Kevin Jonas, Johnny Weir, Thomas Sanders, Casey Neistat, Emily Kinney and Tyler Oakley.

[WATCH Below: Wyclef Jean a Presenter at the 2015 Shorty Awards]

Winners were selected by members of the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences which include industry leaders such as TV star and comedian Retta, tech execs Steve Wozniak and Craig Newmark, MC Hammer, Nick Cannon, Dr. Oz and Arianna Huffington.

Check out a full list of winners here, and social media insights from attendees below:

#shortyawards #great #night #fun #coolpeople #hilarious #smile #mymomwonforbestparent @shortyawards @foster_dawg

A photo posted by Alyssa Curry (@lyss2301) on Apr 22, 2015 at 3:34pm PDT

Favorite moment from last night. #shortyawards #backstage

A photo posted by Peter Knierim (@supercopyboy) on Apr 21, 2015 at 6:00pm PDT

Me & Dratch at #ShortyAwards

A photo posted by Irene Bremis (@irenebremis) on Apr 21, 2015 at 11:36am PDT

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.