Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on the Fox television network. The awards honor 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.


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, awarding the achievements of those in the entertainment and athletic industries with non-traditional categories fixed into the ceremony. 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 Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. It airs live to the east coast, taped delayed on the west. 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. The 2015 Awards were held at The Galen Center, and the 2016 Awards were held at the refurbished Forum in Inglewood.
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.
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. Some celebrities, such as Jennifer Love Hewitt, have actually used them to surf; Marlon Wayans famously said, "Brothers don't surf"; and in 2009, Hugh Jackman, upon winning his first one, said that he was no longer the only Australian without a surfboard. Each of the custom-made surfboard awards costs US$800 to make.

Ceremonies (by year)

Special awards

;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

The following artists have won 10 or more awards.
28One DirectionChoice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Love Song, Choice Summer Music Star: Group, Choice Music Group, Choice Single: Group, Choice Summer Tour, Choice Social Media King, Choice Twit, Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Fanatic Fans, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Music: Song: Group, Choice Music: Male Group, Choice Selfie Taker, Choice Party Song, Choice Fandom
26Taylor SwiftChoice Breakout Artist, Choice Female Artist, Choice Female Album, Choice Breakout Star: Female, Choice Female Country Artist, Choice Country Song, Choice Country Album, Red Carpet Hot Icon: Female, Ultimate Choice, Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Voice, Choice Single: Female Artist,, Choice Twit, Choice Music Collaboration, Icon Award
23Justin Bieber Choice Male Artist, Choice Summer Music Star Male, Choice Music: Pop Album, Choice Music: Breakout Artist Male, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Male, Choice TV: Villain, Choice Twit, Choice Single: Male Artist, 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
19Miley Cyrus Choice Female Artist, Choice Hissy Fit, Choice TV Actress: Comedy, Choice Love Song, Choice Single, Choice Summer Song, 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
18Selena Gomez Choice Break-Up Song, Choice Female Hottie, Choice TV Actress: Comedy, ,, Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female, Choice Celebrity Dancer, Ultimate Choice Award, Choice Female Artist, Choice Instagrammer, Choice Summer Song
16Jonas BrothersChoice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Red Carpet Icon: Male, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Single, Choice Love Song, Choice Summer Song, Choice Fanatic Fans, Choice TV Actor: Comedy, Choice Breakout Show, Choice Album: Group, Choice Summer Group, Decade Award
15Ashton KutcherChoice Reality Hunk, Choice Reality/Variety TV Star: Male, Choice TV Actor, Choice TV Personality, Choice TV Male Personality, Choice TV Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Rockstar Moment, Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Actor: Romantic Comedy, Ultimate Choice Award
14Demi LovatoChoice Female Artist, , Choice Summer Song, Choice Single: Female Artist, Choice Music Tour, Choice TV Breakout Star: Female, Choice TV Personality: Female, Choice Style Icon, Choice Twit, Acuvue Inspire Award, Choice Country Song
14Zac EfronChoice Male Actor: Comedy, Choice Movie Actor: Drama, 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
12Britney SpearsChoice Female Artist, Choice Female Hottie, Choice Single, Choice OMG! Moment, Ultimate Teen Choice Award, Candie's Choice Style Icon
12Ariana Grande Choice Music: Female Artist, Choice Song: Female Artist, Choice Instagrammer, Choice Pop Song, Choice Selfie Taker, Choice Snapchatter, Choice Summer Tour, Choice Changemaker
11Kristen StewartChoice Movie: Liplock, Choice Movie: Romance Actress, Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress, Choice Movie: Summer Actress, Choice Movie: Drama Actress, Choice Movie: Chemistry
11ParamoreChoice Music: Breakout Group, Choice Music: Rock Group, Choice Rock Track, Choice Rock Album
11Robert PattinsonChoice Movie: Liplock, Choice Movie: Drama Actor, Choice Male Hottie, Choice Movie: Rumble, Choice Movie: Summer Actor, Choice Vampire, Choice Movie: Chemistry
10Eminem Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Rap Artist, Choice Movie: Drama Actor, Choice Movie: Breakout Actor, Choice Music: Rap Track, Choice Music: Rap Album, Choice Music: Rap/Hip-Hop Track, Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
10Justin Timberlake Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Hottie Male, Choice Movie: Comedy Actor, Choice Music: Payback Track, Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Track, Ultimate Choice Award, Decade Award
10Fifth HarmonyChoice Summer Song, 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



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 is a program of Do Something, a New York-based non-profit that reaches 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 were being lied to". 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.
In earlier years of the show, the voting rules page stated "Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote generators".
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.