"Twilight," Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber win big at Teen Choice

Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:27am EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and "The Twilight Saga" continued their runs as teenage fan favorites, winning the top honors at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.

Country music star Swift, 22, picked up five awards, including choice music female artist and female country artist, as well as voice actress for her role in animated comedy "The Lorax." The singer was also among the top winners last year at the awards show that airs on the Fox television network.

Canadian pop star Bieber, 18, received a loud welcome as he performed his song "Boyfriend" and latest single, "As Long As You Love Me" with rapper Big Sean on a futuristic set. The singer won four awards, including choice music male artist and single by male artist for "Boyfriend."

Teen Choice favorite film "The Twilight Saga" picked up the Ultimate Choice Award this year, ahead of the franchise's final installment, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" coming out in theaters in November.

The blockbuster movie series and its actors have won 41 Teen Choice awards over the last four years, and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner came on stage together to accept the surfboard trophies, which they then gave to the audience.

"This award especially is an extreme honor. It's a true testament to all the support you've given us over the years. It's amazing you're still around and just as loyal and just as strong," Lautner said to the avid "Twilight" fans in the audience, known as "Twi-hards."

The Teen Choice Awards, voted for by teen viewers online, gives actors, musicians and other artists who are popular with kids the chance to thank their fans. The trophies are life-size surfboard and are given in numerous categories spanning film, television and music, as well as unconventional awards.

The two-hour awards show was hosted by former Disney Channel actress and current "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato and "Glee" star Kevin McHale, who also picked up awards.   Continued...

 
U.S. singerTaylor Swift arrives for the Teen Choice 2012 awards in Los Angeles July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Phil McCarten