After casting their votes on various social media platforms, including 63 million Twitter votes, teens 13-19 years old from coast to coast, across the country, determined the winners of the 2017 Teen Choice Awards which were announced at University of Southern California’s Galen Center in Los Angeles during a live broadcast on Fox. The enthusiastic young adults chose their favorite movies, music, and more across 93 categories. However, only a handful of the surfboards were actually given out during the live broadcast. The annual ceremony, which recognizes teen icons in film, television, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the web, honored film and TV titles including big winners Wonder Woman, Riverdale, and Beauty and the Beast. Riverdale was the big winner of the television section, winning all seven of the categories for which it was nominated. Miley Cyrus was awarded the show’s highest honor, the ultimate choice award, for her decade-long involvement with Teen Choice. Though she couldn’t be in attendance, the multi-hyphenate, who had taken home 18 Teen Choice Awards prior to this year, scored four additional nominations. In addition, Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 received the Decade Award, while multi-Grammy Award-winning superstar Bruno Mars was honored with the Visionary Award and took the opportunity to surprise fans with a sneak preview of his new “Versace on the Floor” music video featuring Zendaya. Fifth Harmony also impressed, winning all three of their eligible races. Vanessa Hudgens was also recognized for her work and was presented with the first-ever #SeeHer Award. A number of other big-name winners were not on hand to pick up their trophies in person, including Gal Gadot, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. The event featured performances by Louis Tomlinson with Bebe Rexha, Rita Ora and KYLE, alongside Lil Yachty, and Clean Bandit with Zara Larsson, among many others. Simon Cowell also used the awards show to premiere his latest act, boy band PrettyMuch.
Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.