Wyclef Jean Among Presenters at 2015 Shorty Awards
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

On April 20 at the Times Center in New York City, the 7th Annual Shorty Awards will honor the best of the best of social media, from Facebook to Twitter to Vine and beyond. This year’s host is actress and comedian Rachel Dratch, and confirmed presenters include Wyclef Jean and Kevin Jonas.

Popular band Panic! At the Disco will also perform, making it one of the band’s first performances since drummer Spencer Smith officially left the band after 10 years, according to Billboard.

Other celebs confirmed to present awards include celebrity chef and Food Network host Alton Brown, singer-musician Kevin Jonas, actress Bella Thorne, Miss USA, Emily Kinney, and Youtube sensation and LGBT activist Tyler Oakley.

The Shorty Awards honors celebrities, brands, personalities and even causes that have ruled the Web on social, and past award winners include Black Enterprise’s Black Blogger Month alumnus Brotha Tech, fashion and lifestyle brand The Brooklyn Circus, and female tech advocacy program Black Girls Code.

Previous ceremonies have included appearances by powerhouses including Jimmy Kimmel, Will Ferrell, Jerry Seinfeld, Cory Booker, Shaquille O’Neal, Stephen Fry, Suze Orman, Jerry Stiller and Felicia Day.

Winners are 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.

For more information on this year’s event, visit www.shortawards.com.

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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.

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