Teen Choice Awards
2018 Teen Choice Awards
CountryUnited States
Presented byFox
Reward(s)Special surfboards
First awardedAugust 1, 1999; 19 years ago (1999-08-01)
Television/radio coverage
Runtime88–104 minutes

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, and more, voted by viewers living in the United States, aged 13 and over through various social media sites.[1]


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. Greg Sills has been the supervising producer and Paul Flattery has been the producer every year since its inception in 1999.

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. In some years it airs live, but usually it airs on a one-day delay. 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.[2] The 2015 Awards were held at The Galen Center (USC) 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Awards ceremonies (by year)

In 1999 and 2000, the venue for the event was Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event's venue was the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California from 2001 to 2013. In 2014, the venue was originally scheduled to be the UCLA Pauley Pavilion, but when it was flooded the venue was changed to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.[6]

# Date Host(s) Performers
1st August 1, 1999 None
(Britney Spears introduced the show)
2nd August 6, 2000 None
(Freddie Prinze Jr. introduced the show)
3rd August 12, 2001 None
(David Spade introduced the show)
4th August 19, 2002 None
(Britney Spears and Verne Troyer introduced the show)
5th August 2, 2003 David Spade
6th August 8, 2004
7th August 14, 2005
8th August 20, 2006
9th August 26, 2007
10th August 4, 2008 Miley Cyrus
11th August 9, 2009 Jonas Brothers
12th August 8, 2010
13th August 7, 2011 Kaley Cuoco
14th July 22, 2012
15th August 11, 2013
16th[6] August 10, 2014
17th August 16, 2015
18th July 31, 2016
19th August 13, 2017 None
(Logan Paul introduced the show)


August 12, 2018