Misty Copeland, Taraji P. Henson, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and More Win at the Shorty Awards

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The 8th Annual Shorty Awards honored the best of social media.

The 8th Annual Shorty Awards took place Monday night at The New York Times Center, honoring the best of social media. The “Oscars” of social media, if you will, recognize the influencers, brands and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and more.

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Winners are chosen through a combination of votes from the public and scores given by the Real Time Academy. This year’s winners include Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for Best Actor, Taraji P. Henson for Best Actress, Misty Copeland for Best in Dance and Kevin Hart for Best Comedian.

“To be a dancer and to have an outlet on social media, I think is something that the art world has been craving for a long time,” Copeland said. “It means so much as a dancer, especially, to be able to share what we do day in and day out and the beauty of what we do on social media.”

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"The best part, I always say about social media, is the connection that I have with the fans. It’s the coolest thing and I appreciate it!” said Johnson in an acceptance video.


In his acceptance speech, Kevin Hart attributes his win to his great “zingers”. “Shout out to everyone that believes in short-form digital comedy,” said Hart. “I want to thank [Shorty Awards] for calling it a ‘shorty’ award, because I’m a shorty,” he joked.


Also among the list of winners Monday night was DJ Khaled, who was present at the event and took home a trophy for Best Snapchatter. He posted a photo of himself on Instagram accepting his award, captioned “#fanluv thank u ANOTHER ONE”

#fanluv thank u ANOTHER ONE

A photo posted by DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) on Apr 11, 2016 at 8:05pm PDT



Other winners included Janet Mock, King Bach, MeechonMars, Jessamyn Stanley, and Stephen Curry.

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Check out the full list of winners and their categories here.

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