#FlashbackFriday: See 10 of the Most Memorable Moments from Past Teen Choice Awards

If these memories are any indication, this year’s show is going to be WILD.

This weekend, you’ll be able to catch the 2017 Teen Choice Awards on FOX. With stars like Zendaya, Louis Tomlinson, Miley Cyrus, Cameron Dallas, Bella Thorne, Fifth Harmony, Bebe Rexha, Liam Payne, and tons more nominated for fan-voted awards or taking part in the show, there is no doubt the August 13 event will be filled with entertaining moments we’ll remember for ages to come. In honor of  #FlashbackFriday, we thought it would be fun to round up some of the most memorable, fan-favorite, touching, and extreme moments from the show’s history… all to get you hyped for what’s ahead this year!

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1. Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” performance, 2009

Before she ever dropped jaws as the Twerking Teddy, then 16-year-old Miley Cyrus made headlines for “pole dancing” during her live performance at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

In retrospect, this isn’t too crazy (she’s just being Miley!) but this was probably the exact moment the entire universe realize Miley was not Hannah Montana IRL.

2. Harry Styles twerking on camera, 2013

Thanks to Miley once again, “twerking” was kind of the word of the year come 2013. But we NEVER in a million years expected Harry Styles to bust a move on camera… though he obliged thanks to a fun challenge.

He couldn’t bear to continue for more than a few seconds, but see Ed Sheeran dying of bemused laughter? That’s us.

3. Taylor Swift with the jokes, 2014

We were so excited to see Ansel Elgort pick up an award for his role in The Fault In Our Stars in 2014. Come on, that movie is iconic for him. But even better was that the show called upon Taylor Swift to present the award for this “Choice Movie Actor Drama” category.

“I was excited when they asked me to come and present this award, because no one knows more about dramatic males than I do,” Taylor said. The sass! The slay! The sarcastic self-awareness!


4. Selena Gomez’s major birthday celebration, 2012

When Selena Gomez‘s 20th birthday happened to coincide with the Teen Choice Awards show and her band’s victory, the presenters and entire audience sang her “Happy Birthday” while sparklers went off.


5. The Jonas Brothers catch some air, 2008

Soaring! Flying! Wait, that’s something different. Did you know that The Jonas Brothers can fly? Or they sure did at the 2008 TCAs, where they performed some fun stunts for the audience.

6. One Direction’s highly-anticipated performance, 2013

I will personally fight anyone who argues with me that 2013 One Direction wasn’t the band’s peak aesthetically. Everything about 1D’s red carpet looks, costumes, hairstyles, etc. was incredible at the ’13 TCAs, and their “Best Song Ever” performance shows that off in full glory. Even though the guys were SO busy at this time and probably exhausted, everyone was so excited to see this live TV spot, and they really gave it their all.

Those vocals though, boys!!

7. Jennifer Lopez and Tyler Posey reunite, 2014

They may have starred together in Maid in Manhattan when Tyler Posey was a little kid, but Jennifer Lopez had to acknowledge he’s all grown up now! At the 2014 TCAs, Tyler showed off his “Booty”-popping moves to JLo’s song.


8. Lea Michele’s tribute to Cory Monteith, 2013

One of the most emotional moments in Teen Choice history was by far when Lea Michele and the cast of Glee accepted their surfboards and dedicated it to the late Cory Monteith. It was Lea’s first public event since his passing, and she understandably broke down in tears while thanking fans for their support.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room after this tribute.

9. Justin Bieber kisses Selena Gomez, 2011

#Jelena will always hold a special place in our hearts, but this moment will always be memorialized too. When Justin Bieber picked up the Best New Artist title, he leaned in for the sweetest kiss from Selena.

The gold suit isn’t too shabby either.

10. #StopTheViolence, 2016

Emotional and powerful, Jessica Alba and Ne-Yo helped make a major impact at the 2016 TCAs, when they joined 10 teens whose families had been impacted by gun violence, police brutalities, and shootings in the USA. Their message was clear: stop the violence.

We hope that this year’s show continues the tradition of addressing hugely important issues in this big venue, because so many teens are watching.

Make sure to keep it posted here at Celeb Secrets for upcoming coverage of this year’s show, happening on Sunday, August 13.

Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer and celebrity entertainment news journalist with a specific obsession with Nickelodeon + Disney Channel shows, boy bands, K-Pop, Broadway, and international series dramas. If she's not writing or tucked away in a good book, she is most likely traveling the world and spamming her friends' Instagram feeds with photos from her adventures. Kristine has a BA in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University (2011), and an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Thought from NYU (2013). She is currently pursuing her second Master's in Journalism at Harvard.