Teen Choice Awards

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Teen Choice Awards
CountryUnited States
Presented byFox
Reward(s)Special surfboards
First awardedAugust 1, 1999; 24 years ago (1999-08-01)
Last awardedAugust 11, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-08-11)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime88–104 minutes

The Teen Choice Awards were an annual awards show that aired on the Fox television network between 1999 and 2019. The awards honored the year's biggest achievements in music, film, sports, television, fashion, social media, and more, voted by viewers living in the United States, aged 13 and over, through various social media sites; primarily Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube.[1]

The awards show has been on an indefinite hiatus since the 2019 edition.


Executive producers, Bob Bain and Michael Burg, came together to create an award show geared toward a teen demographic, somewhat older than that of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, but similar to that of MTV. The format of the show has remained the same over the years, awarding the achievements of those in the entertainment and athletic industries with non-traditional categories fixed into the ceremony.

Ballots were once used in teen-oriented magazines, where readers were to purchase and tear out their ballot. Votes could also be cast online through Fox.com. In 2008, Fox and the show's producers created Teenchoiceawards.com as the official website for the Teen Choice Awards. In 2009, the number of votes cast was in excess of 83 million. Votes are now cast online through Twitter, FOX.com, and the FOX NOW app. In 2016, more than 37 million votes were cast.[2]

Since the ceremony's inception, the show has given out genuine custom-made surfboards to individual winners. The surfboard was chosen as the award because it represents the freedom of the summer vacation for teens.[3] In 2009, Hugh Jackman, upon winning his first one, said that he was no longer the only Australian without a surfboard.[4]


Teen Choice Awards ceremonies
# Date Venue Host(s) Performers
1st August 1, 1999 Barker Hangar None
(Britney Spears introduced the show)
2nd August 6, 2000 None
(Freddie Prinze, Jr. introduced the show)
3rd August 12, 2001 Universal Amphitheatre
(later known as Gibson Amphitheatre)
(David Spade introduced the show)
4th August 19, 2002 None
(Britney Spears and Verne Troyer introduced the show)
5th August 2, 2003 David Spade
6th August 8, 2004

Paris Hilton
Nicole Richie

7th August 14, 2005

Hilary Duff
Rob Schneider

8th August 20, 2006

Dane Cook
Jessica Simpson

9th August 26, 2007

Hilary Duff
Nick Cannon

10th August 4, 2008 Miley Cyrus
11th August 9, 2009 Jonas Brothers
12th August 8, 2010

Katy Perry
Cory Monteith
Mark Salling
Chris Colfer
Kevin McHale

13th August 7, 2011 Kaley Cuoco
14th July 22, 2012

Demi Lovato
Kevin McHale

15th August 11, 2013

Darren Criss
Lucy Hale

16th August 10, 2014 Shrine Auditorium

Tyler Posey
Sarah Hyland

17th August 16, 2015 Galen Center

Gina Rodriguez
Josh Peck

18th July 31, 2016 The Forum

John Cena
Victoria Justice

19th August 13, 2017 Galen Center

(Logan Paul introduced the show)

20th August 12, 2018 The Forum

Nick Cannon
Lele Pons

21st August 11, 2019 Hermosa Beach, California
(temporary outdoor set)

Lucy Hale
David Dobrik[5]


The show was held at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport for its first two shows in 1999 and 2000. From 2001 to 2013, it was held at the Universal Amphitheatre (later known as Gibson Amphitheatre) in Universal City, California. With the demolition of the amphitheater in 2013, the show moved to a new location. Then after the remodeled Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Westwood, Los Angeles was flooded by a broken 30" water pipe on July 29, 2014, the show was moved to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.[6] The 2015 and 2017 ceremonies were held at The Galen Center (USC), and the 2016 and 2018 ceremonies were held at the refurbished Forum in Inglewood. The 2019 ceremony was held at an outdoor set in Hermosa Beach, California.

Special awards[edit]

Extraordinary Achievement
Courage Award
Ultimate Choice Award
Visionary Award
Acuvue Inspire Award
Candie's Style Icon
Decade Award
See Her
Icon Award

Note: Special Awards are not given every year.

Most wins[edit]

The following artists have won 10 or more awards.

Wins Artist Awards
28 One Direction Choice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Love Song (5), Choice Summer Music Star: Group (2), Choice Music Group (3), Choice Single: Group (3), Choice Summer Tour (3), Choice Social Media King, Choice Twit, Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Fanatic Fans, Choice Male Hottie (2), Choice Music: Song: Group, Choice Music: Male Group, Choice Selfie Taker, Choice Party Song, Choice Fandom
26 Taylor Swift Choice Breakout Artist, Choice Female Artist (3), Choice Female Album, Choice Breakout Star: Female, Choice Female Country Artist (5), Choice Country Song (4), Choice Country Album, Red Carpet Hot Icon: Female, Ultimate Choice, Choice Break-Up Song (2), Choice Voice, Choice Single: Female Artist, Choice Summer Music Star: Female, Choice Twit, Choice Music Collaboration, Icon Award
23 Justin Bieber Choice Male Artist (5), Choice Summer Music Star Male (2), Choice Music: Pop Album, Choice Music: Breakout Artist Male, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Male, Choice TV: Villain, Choice Twit (2), Choice Single: Male Artist (3), Choice Twitter Personality, Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Social Media King, Choice Music: Latin Song, Choice Summer Song, Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Song
19 Miley Cyrus Choice Female Artist, Choice Hissy Fit (2), Choice TV Actress: Comedy (3), Choice Love Song, Choice Single, Choice Summer Song (2), Choice Movie Actress: Music/Dance, Choice Instagrammer, Choice Female Hottie, Choice Scene Stealer: Female, Choice Style Icon, Candie's Fashion Trendsetter, Choice Fashion: Celebrity Line, Choice Actress: Drama, Ultimate Choice Award
18 Selena Gomez Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Female Hottie (3), Choice TV Actress: Comedy (2), Choice Summer Music Star: Female (2), Choice Summer TV Star: Female, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female (2), Choice Celebrity Dancer, Ultimate Choice Award, Choice Female Artist, Choice Instagrammer (3), Choice Summer Song
17 Jonas Brothers Choice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male (3), Choice Male Hottie, Choice Single, Choice Love Song, Choice Summer Song (2), Choice Fanatic Fans, Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2), Choice Breakout Show, Choice Album: Group, Choice Summer Group, Decade Award
15 Ashton Kutcher Choice Reality Hunk, Choice Reality/Variety TV Star: Male (2), Choice TV Actor, Choice TV Personality (2), Choice TV Male Personality, Choice TV Actor: Comedy (2), Choice Movie Rockstar Moment, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy (3), Ultimate Choice Award
14 Demi Lovato Choice Female Artist (2), Choice Summer Music Star: Female (2), Choice Summer Song (2), Choice Single: Female Artist, Choice Music Tour (with David Archuleta), Choice TV Breakout Star: Female, Choice TV Personality: Female, Choice Style Icon, Choice Twit, Acuvue Inspire Award, Choice Country Song
Zac Efron Choice Male Actor: Comedy (3), Choice Movie Actor: Drama (2), Choice Movie Actor: Romance, Choice Movie Actor: Music/Dance, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Rockstar Moment, Choice Breakout TV Star, Choice Collaboration, Choice TV Chemistry, Choice Movie Ship, Choice Male Red Carpet Fashion Icon
12 Ariana Grande Choice Music: Female Artist (2), Choice Song: Female Artist (3), Choice Instagrammer, Choice Pop Song, Choice Selfie Taker, Choice Snapchatter (2), Choice Summer Tour, Choice Changemaker
11 Britney Spears Choice Female Artist (3), Choice Female Hottie (3), Choice Single (2), Choice OMG! Moment, Ultimate Teen Choice Award (Lifetime Achievement Award), Candie's Choice Style Icon
Eminem Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Rap Artist (3), Choice Movie: Drama Actor, Choice Movie: Breakout Actor, Choice Music: Rap Track (2), Choice Music: Rap Album, Choice Music: Rap/Hip-Hop Track, Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Kristen Stewart Choice Movie: Liplock (3), Choice Movie: Romance Actress (2), Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress (2), Choice Movie: Summer Actress (2), Choice Movie: Drama Actress, Choice Movie: Chemistry
Paramore Choice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Music: Rock Group (5), Choice Rock Track (4), Choice Rock Album
Robert Pattinson Choice Movie: Liplock (3), Choice Movie: Drama Actor (3), Choice Male Hottie, Choice Movie: Rumble, Choice Movie: Summer Actor, Choice Vampire, Choice Movie: Chemistry
10 Justin Timberlake Choice Music: Male Artist (2), Choice Hottie Male (3), Choice Movie: Comedy Actor, Choice Music: Payback Track, Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Track, Ultimate Choice Award, Decade Award
Fifth Harmony Choice Summer Song (2), Choice Music Group: Female, Choice Female Hottie, Choice Social Media Queen, Choice Song: Movie or TV, Choice Music Group, Choice Song: Group, Choice Summer Group, Choice Fandom




Do Something[edit]

In 2008, Dosomething.org sponsored the Do Something Award—which recognized young people. Nine nominees—who saw a problem in the world and then tackled it—each won $10,000 for their cause. The winner received $100,000. The Do Something Award (formerly the BR!CK Awards) is a program of Do Something, a New York-based non-profit that reaches[clarification needed] about 11.5 million young people annually. The award was not presented in 2009. It was replaced with "Choice Celebrity Activist", which was won by Hayden Panettiere.


On August 11, 2014, after losing his category, Vine star Cameron Dallas tweeted that the awards ceremony was "rigged", saying that he had been informed six days prior to the actual event that he had won the award, and the runners-up were told to still try to solicit votes from their followers, even though the results had already been decided. He also tweeted "So I found out that the Teen Choice Awards were rigged and used powerful internet people for marketing. I'm sad now. Television is stupid" before deleting the tweets, saying he "should have taken the high road", but he "didn't like the fact that [his fans] were being lied to".[14] Soon after Dallas' initial tweets, fellow Viner Carter Reynolds stated that the Teen Choice Awards had "used everyone for promotion", using the hashtag "#TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards", which soon began trending by fans who noticed the disclaimer at the end of the show saying that the producers reserved the right to choose the winners.[15]

In earlier years of the show, the voting rules page[16] stated "Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote generators".[17]

In 2016, controversy started on Twitter when fans became upset when they found out that late pop singer Christina Grimmie won the award for Choice Web Star: Music but was not mentioned during the show. Many fans felt that the award show should have been dedicated to her memory or at least for a moment of recognition.[18]


  1. ^ The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was nominated for 4 awards in the Summer Movie categories in 2009 and 12 awards in the standard Movie categories in 2010.


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  14. ^ Cameron Dallas [@camerondallas] (August 11, 2014). "I knew I should have taken the high road, but you guys know I don't like when people lie to you" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2015 – via Twitter.
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  17. ^ "Teen Choice Awards rigged? Cameron Dallas sparks fan revolt as voting system comes under scrutiny". News.com.au. August 12, 2014. Archived from the original on July 28, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  18. ^ Yahr, Emily (August 1, 2016). "Christina Grimmie won a Teen Choice Award but wasn't mentioned on the show. Fans aren't happy". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 22, 2018. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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