COMMENTARY | The 2011 Teen Choice Awards held few surprises, with awards going to favorites like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez. Popular movies “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” also were recognized. A record 100 million-plus votes were cast.
Normally nationally televised awards shows are full of energy and excitement. Unfortunately, this year the script was bland. There was an odd ping pong match between the host, Kaley Cuoco, and Zachary Levi. He was dressed in geeky short-shorts and pink knee-highs. I was left wondering, why?
Taylor Swift, an award show veteran, was as gracious and sweet as ever in her acceptance speech. She walked away with six awards, including the Ultimate Choice Award. Taylor received Choice Awards for Female Music Artist, Country Female Artist, Female Red Carpet Icon, Country Single for “Mean,” and Break-up Song “Back to December.” If anyone had a reason to act like a diva, it would probably be Swift. She takes it all in stride, seeming to keep her innocence and love for her fans.
Selena Gomez was awesome in her performance with The Scene. She looked great with her red lipstick, and it was obvious why she won the Female Hottie Award. Justin Bieber could even be seen in the audience enjoying her performance. She was beautiful, singing the Choice Love Song “Love You Like a Love Song.” She also took home awards for Choice TV Actress, Choice Music Group with her band The Scene, Choice Single for “Who Says,” for a total of five awards.
Ellen DeGeneres won the Choice Comedian Award, beating Jimmy Fallon, George Lopez, Daniel Tosh, and Andy Samberg. She looked great, and personally I think it’s awesome that a woman in her 50s won an award in an industry that looks so heavily on youth. But then again, Ellen does have the energy of a teenager to go along with her great sense of humor.
Ashton Kutcher gave a piece of good advice: “Don’t buy anything with a credit card, if you don’t already have money in the bank to pay for it.” He got the Choice Romantic Comedy Movie Actor award for “No Strings Attached.”
There were lots of talented people nominated and over 80 awards given out. The televised broadcast was two hours long, but unfortunately still managed to leave out showing half the awards.There were some dull moments, like the ping pong game, that could have easily been omitted to allow for more awards to be viewed.