Teens took the opportunity to weigh in on all things teen at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday evening. Hosted by Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey, the two-hour event featured appearances by Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, The Fault in Our Stars cast, Selena Gomez and more.
Lovato kicked things off singing her hit “Really Don’t Care.” After the high-energy performance, it was time to begin the parade of mostly by-the-numbers acceptance speeches. Swift, herself no stranger to winning TCAs, didn't drop any new album intel, but did manage to get in a killer line before presenting Choice Movie Actor to Ansel Elgort for The Fault in Our Stars. “No one knows more about dramatic males than I do,” Swift said with a sly smile. (Her fifth album can’t get here soon enough!).
Besides Swift, music fans were able to enjoy performances by Becky G and Magic! as well, among others. Unfortunately, teen were likely disappointed when both One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer had to pre-tape their thank yous because of their current touring schedule – although 5 Seconds of Summer still managed to have some fun, with a bit that had the Austrailian boys in towels.
Perhaps the biggest moment of the evening was Gomez winning the Ultimate Choice Award. Gomez – looking serious in an all-black ensemble with her hair pulled back – spoke earnestly about her gratitude for fans, and then announced she was dedicating the big surfboard to her mom. "I want to thank my mom so much. She’s the greatest person in the world….I want all of you to love your mom....Thank you for letting me do what I love."
And of course, the teen-targeted show couldn't end without its reigning queen, Ariana Grande, making an appearance. The singer picked up the award for Choice Female Artist. In her speech, she thanked fans for their support, particularly with respect to her difficult last month (her grandfather passed away in July). Grande continued, "All the teens out there who love to sing and dance and act, don’t ever stop. I was told no so many times, and I never took no for an answer. …For my nona [grandmother, who was her date to the event], don’t ever give up."
Other memorable moments? A stunning Jennifer Lopez bantering with all-grown-up Posey (he played her son in Maid in Manhattan), as well as a Jason Derulo medley ("Wiggle," "Talk Dirty") that closed the evening.
All in all, plenty for the 13 to 19 year olds to tweet/vine/Instagram about.