After a water main break left UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion temporarily out of service, the Teen Choice Awards were forced to move to Shrine Auditorium, a venue that’s more theater than it is stadium. Nonetheless, Sunday’s ceremony was far from a disaster, moving into the new location quickly and efficiently, without many hiccups to speak of. The Teen Choice Awards has become one of the foremost celebrations of adolescent culture around, with all the screaming girls and budding celebrity personalities imaginable. Here are some of the best and worst moments the occasion had to offer:
Best: Sarah Hyland and Tyler Posey have an interesting chemistry – Hyland as the toned down host, attempting to keep things going straightforward, and Posey as the hyperactive, fun-loving goofball, ready to jump into anything, even a coconut bra. Posey wins the night, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing to see the duo back again next year.
Worst: Demi Lovato and Cher Lloyd did indeed try with their opening performance of “Really Don’t Care,” but by the end of the night, the fist-pumping rock out was overshadowed by much bigger, flashier acts. Afterwards, when Lovato was immediately given the first surfboard of the night for summer song, it all just seemed like a big teaser.
Best: Rixton was the only musical act of the night that truly pulled the crowd into their performance, a mash-up of “Wait on Me” and “Me and My Broken Heart.” Simple, but fashionable in their suits, Rixton had the crowd singing along seamlessly for a solidified jam session.
Worst: With “Rude’s” current top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, Magic! should be expected to rock the audience more than they did. The reggae-influenced foursome donned t-shirts and shorts as lead singer Nasri moseyed around the stage looking more half-hearted and lazy than energetic.
Best: The Teen Choice Awards gave glory to the Internet this year – a balcony of well-known video bloggers sat stage right, basking in the glory of the web’s heavily promoted presence. One of the night’s most excited winners, Tyler Oakley for male web star, called the show “the biggest win for the Internet” – and he was definitely right.
Worst: Even the TCAs have to cut some people off. The most awkward of which, during “The Fault in Our Stars” cast’s win for drama movie, led Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff to stop the music, just to give a silly joke about how Elgort has more talent with chemistry on screen than he ever did in high school. Groans could be audibly heard.
Best: Selena Gomez received the night’s top honor, the ultimate choice award, and gave a heartfelt speech that suited her victory. Gomez thanked her fans and her mother for being “strong, she’s given up her life for me,” imploring fans to thank their own mothers in turn.
Worst: This year’s ceremony was an advertisement-heavy one. Fox’s promotion of new fall show, “Red Band Society,” was done with class, handing out bracelets to the audience that promoted cancer research. But other moments, like Olay Fresh Effects’ vigorously mentioned sponsorship of “The Giver’s” Odeya Rush’s breakout star award, couldn’t have been more blunt and in the audience’s face.
Best: Kevin Hart appropriately dropped the funniest line of the night, walking up to receive his surfboard for comedy actor: “Is the board taller than me? Yeah, the board’s taller than me…”
Worst: As 79-year-old Donald Sutherland walked out on stage in character as “The Hunger Games’” President Snow to accept the award for movie villain, he reached into a black purse and threw berries at the crowd (“souvenirs from Panem,” he said). Though an effective promotion for the upcoming “Mockingjay,” the move felt out of place with the silly nature of the show.
Best: Jason Derulo’s closing performance of “Wiggle” started off as a dull choice to finish the night. But one should know to expect surprises from the Teen Choice Awards as a cop car rolled in from backstage accompanied by dancers in police uniforms that joined Derulo in a much more well-received performance of “Talk Dirty,” pyrotechnics included. Ridiculous, sporadic and exciting, Derulo succeeded in bringing the house down.