It was a big night for YouTubers at the 2014 Teen Choice awards, but the night wasn’t controversy-free. As we reported earlier this month, Nickelodeon embraced the internet in a big way this year by introducing thirteen new categories to honor some of the best creators on the web. The list of nominees included some of the biggest stars on YouTube and Vine, and while some of your favorite creators did take home a Teen Choice surfboard, some of the winners are alleging that the results of the award show may be fixed.
First, let’s deal with the good news. The 2014 Teen Choice Awards mark the first time that a major televised award show has devoted a significant chunk of its program to online video creators. The nominations alone back up the results of a recent survey which showed that YouTube stars are more popular and trusted among teens than mainstream Hollywood stars. The mainstream media is finally recognizing YouTube stars, meaning that those creators are likely to have more opportunities in the future. Creators like Tyler Oakley and Bethany Mota took the stage to accept awards, confirming something that we already knew: YouTubers have become household names.
While that exposure is certainly positive for the internet A-list, the evening did hit a sour note with some stars claiming that the results of the supposedly fan-driven award show were fixed days in advance. Cameron Dallas, who took home an award for Choice Viner, tweeted, “It’s funny how they told me I won the Vine award 6 days before the voting ended and made the runners up still tweet to vote for them.” Viner Carter Reynolds followed up with an even more pointed accusation: “#TCAs2014 used all of us for promotion. What a joke.”
It’s an open secret that Awards programs like the Teen Choice Awards reserve the right to pick the winner regardless of the fan vote totals. Producers and publicists want winners who are guaranteed to attend the show and who will attract an audience. The fine print on the Teen Choice website stipulates that the production company reserves the right to choose the winner from among the top four vote getters in any category regardless of who actually receives the most votes. Apparently, that was news to Cameron Dallas and company. Something tells me he won’t be the handpicked winner next year.
A complete list of TCA winners can be found below!
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Choice Web Star: Male
WINNER: Tyler Oakley
Choice Web Star: Female
WINNER: Bethany Mota
Zoe Sugg (“Zoella”)
WINNER: Cameron Dallas
Jack and Jack
Choice Web Star: Music
WINNER: Shawn Mendes
Megan and Liz
Choice Web Star: Comedy
Colleen Ballinger (“Miranda Sings”)
Jenn McAllister (“Jennxpenn”)
Anthony Quintal (“Lohanthony”)
Brittani Louise Taylor
Choice Web Collaboration
WINNER: Troye Sivan & Tyler Oakley – The “Boyfriend” Tag
Danisnotonfire & AmazingPhil – The Photo Booth Challenge
Alfie Deyes (“Pointless Blog”) and Ariana Grande – Ariana Does My Makeup
PrankvsPrank and Jack & Finn Harries (“Jacksgap”) – Twin Teleport Prank
Anthony Quintal (“Lohanthony”), Jack Baran (“Thatsojack), Andrew Lowe, Jenn McAllister (“Jennxpenn) and Rebecca
Black – Fab Five in Real Life
Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty
WINNER: Zoe Sugg (“Zoella”)
Elle and Blaire Fowler
Bunny Meyer (“Grav3yardgirl”)
Ingrid Nilsen (“Missglamorazzi”)
Choice Web Star: Gaming
Tiffany Garcia (“IHasCupquake”)