Natasha Leggero to Host Shorty Awards (Exclusive)
Natasha Leggero will host the sixth annual Shorty Awards, which will be held on April 7 in New York City and highlight the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social media landscape.
"It is an honor and highlight of my career to take part in this prestigious award ceremony," said the stand-up comedienne in a statement. "Only emojis can express how excited I am!"
Among the nominated top short-form content producers in Hollywood over the past year are Lady Gaga, Aaron Paul, Justin Bieber, Lena Dunham, Patton Oswalt, Questlove and One Direction. Beyond the celebrity user categories, other Tinseltown-related finalists include the Veronica Mars movie for top Kickstarter project, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party for best Tumblr, and Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for top web series. TV shows with noteworthy social content for the year include Orphan Black, Scandal, Pretty Little Liars and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, among others. See the full list of nominees here.
"No medium is out of Natasha Leggero's reach -- she's hilarious on film, TV and of course, social media," said Greg Galant, Shorty Awards co-founder and executive producer. "Natasha was a standout during [Comedy Central's] Roast of James Franco, and we can't wait to see what she has in store as host of the Shorty Awards."
Founded and produced by Sawhorse Media, the Shorty Awards will be held on April 7 at the New York Times Center and will be available via live stream at ShortyAwards.com at 7:30 p.m. ET. Finalists in each category -- recognizing content for sports, journalism, fashion, humor and more -- are determined by a nominating board of journalists, as well as tweeted nominations from social media users.
Last year's Shorty Awards honored Jimmy Kimmel with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as first lady Michelle Obama with a special #GIFStar award for content that helped bring awareness to her Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. The Daily Show, Pretty Little Liars, Watch What Happens Live, Nike, Maybelline and Birchbox were also among 2013's winners.