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The Tenth Annual Shorty Awards

This year's special award: Creator of the Decade

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This year’s shorty awards is going to be big. The shorty awards were started in 2008 by tech entrepreneurs Greg Galant, Adam Varga, and Lee Semel of Sawhorse Media. One of the special categories for this year’s awards is Creator of the Decade, with 12 nominees to vote from. These nominees include Gigi Gorgeous, Lilly Singh, MKBHD, Jenna Marbles, Liza Koshy, Philip Defranco, Hanna Hart, Rhett and Link, Tyler Oakley, Markiplier, Casey Neistat, and Dude Perfect.

All of the nominees for the category are famous YouTubers with their own unique content and personality. The newest YouTuber to be chosen for this category is Liza Koshy. Liza first started her YouTube channel on Sep 2nd of 2013, and currently has a following of 12 million subscribers.  The second youngest of the 12 nominees is Markiplier, with a subscriber count of 19 million. The channel that has the most subscribers of the nominees is the channel Dude Perfect. The Dude Perfect Channel was started on March 19th of 2009 and currently has a subscriber count of 25 million. The 2 oldest channels that are among the nominees are the channels Rhett and Link and Philp Defranco. The Rhett and Link channel was created on June 5th of 2006, now with a subscriber count of 4.4 million, shortly followed by the Philp Defranco channel created on September 15th of 2006, with a current subscriber count of 5.9 million. The third oldest channel is Tyler Oakley which was created on September 18th of 2007 and has a subscriber count of 7.8 million.

Of the 12 nominees, 2 were created in 2008, and three were started their channels in 2010.  The two channels that were created in 2008 were the channels MKBHD and Gigi Gorgeous. MKBHD’s channel was created on March 28th and Gigi’s on July 6th. MKBHD’s channel has the bigger following of the two at a subscriber count of 5.6 million followed by Gigi with a subscriber count of 2.7 million.  The channels that were created in 2010 include:  Casey Neistat on Feb 15, Jenna Marbles on February 16th, and Lilly Singh on October 28. Jenna has the biggest following of the 2 nominee channels that were created in 2010, her subscriber count is currently 17 million, followed by Lilly Singh with a subscriber count of 13 million, then Casey Neistat with a subscriber count of 4.7 million.  Finally, there is Hanna Hart, whose channel began on June 4th of 2009 and now has a subscriber count of 2.5 million.

All of these creators have been posting amazing content for years and doing great things for tons of people. Markiplier himself has raised $3,000,000+ for multiple charities. Jenna Marbles has shown us that no matter what happens,  you can make it through and that it is important to be yourself. Lilly has shown us that you can do anything that you dream of, to find your own unicorn island. If you would like to vote for this years shorty awards you may do so here.  This link is also where you can find the statics above.  These people have inspired millions with their content and taught us that anything is possible with lots of hard work and dedication no matter how long takes.

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