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Youth Pick: 10 Notable Teen Choice 2014 Winners

From fighting cancer to fighting oppressive authority, from boy bands shaped by their fans to boy bands shaped by other boy bands, from fighting vampires to fighting the anonymous, the Teen Choice Awards bring together everything that represents the popular like a mass media high school year book.

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The Fault in Our Stars-Choice Movie: Drama

The Fault in Our Stars-Choice Movie: Drama

John Green's intentions for this story were to strip cancer's power of defining a person in total. It creates difficult situations and takes lives, but it doesn't define a life entirely, and that's what The Fault in Our Stars does well by it's characters.

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Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff (Together) Choice Actor,Actress in Drama, Breakout Star (Elgort), Choice Ch...

Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff (Together) Choice Actor,Actress in Drama, Breakout Star (Elgort), Choice Ch...

The characters people play in these popular stories captivate us, and so they bleed out into the real world, and their faces constantly remind us of those romances, perfect lines, and adventures. This is no different at the Teen Choice awards. Especially with Ansel and Shailene, the camera would pan to the others face, while one was on stage for an award. Twitter lost it with emotion. Their lives are forever intertwined with The Fault in Our Stars.

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One Direction-Choice Break up Song, Choice Music Group, Choice Single Group, Choice Love Song, Choice Summer Tour, Ch...

One Direction-Choice Break up Song, Choice Music Group, Choice Single Group, Choice Love Song, Choice Summer Tour, Ch...

One Direction is the sum of all the fans behind them. Their fans shape an entire side to them, outside the hands of any powerful producer. From fanfiction to the mass of Tumblr pages, One Direction's legacy will certainly be crafted by the hands of this generation. This is because of the massive proliferation of expression in the online world.

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5 Seconds of Summer -Choice Summer Music Star, Group, Choice Breakout Group

5 Seconds of Summer -Choice Summer Music Star, Group, Choice Breakout Group

This Aussie group accepted their award in a group shower. They have this mixture of boy band and rock star, like One Direction meets Blink 182,with a going-to-the-skate-park image. They have the world of 1D to thank for their lift into stardom, and to hate for the constant comparisons.

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Hunger Games-Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Choice Actor/Actress in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Choice Villain

Hunger Games-Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Choice Actor/Actress in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Choice Villain

There was a moment at the Teen Choice Awards when fans in the audience threw up the salute in honour of the Hunger Games winners. This salute, one that resembles resistance and solidarity in the story, has moved on as a symbol of real resistance in Thailand. One gesture of rebellion from a story has come to life in parts of the world where struggle against authority burns on.

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Ariana Grande -Choice Female Artist, Choice Single

Ariana Grande -Choice Female Artist, Choice Single

Ariana can hit a high note like no other, but is also the image of a person who despite her talents, had a hard time convincing people she could have a music career. She had to shake off a former character in order to show the world a new side to herself.

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Pretty Little Liars- Choice TV show Drama, Choice Actor/Actress, Summer TV Star male/female, Breakout Star

Pretty Little Liars- Choice TV show Drama, Choice Actor/Actress, Summer TV Star male/female, Breakout Star

Pretty Little Liars is the mystery that could only exist in the digital age, where you can take on a different identity, and/or be watched and followed by an unknown audience. One makes anonymous moves and the other feels totally exposed. The feeling of being watched has intensified in the digital age, as we all can relate in some way to the anonymous message. That's why this show does so well, we can see ourselves in their shoes (sometimes).

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Divergent-Choice Movie Action/Adventure, Choice Movie Actress/Actor

Divergent-Choice Movie Action/Adventure, Choice Movie Actress/Actor

Divergent is part of the popular stream of teen movies where the hero rebels against a fascist and powerful authority (Hunger Games, The Giver). They represent not only the tension and anxiety of growing up, but also growing up into a world with ideologies that threaten everything from the state of the environment to basic human rights. "What makes you different, makes you dangerous" isn't just a tagline in this film, it's also part of the larger narrative in our own culture we constantly struggle with: the other.

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Ed Sheeran- Choice Male Artist, Choice Single

Ed Sheeran- Choice Male Artist, Choice Single

Ed Sheeran's remarkable voice has earned him plenty of awards over the past couple of years. He has a charm about him, it's a realistic likeability that I don't often see in other artists. His songs tell a story rather than rely solely on some catchy hook, so in a way he can sing the soundtrack to your life.

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Vampire Diaries-Choice TV Show Scifi/Fantasy, Choice Actor/Actress Scifi/Fantasy, Choice TV Scene Stealer

Vampire Diaries-Choice TV Show Scifi/Fantasy, Choice Actor/Actress Scifi/Fantasy, Choice TV Scene Stealer

Vampire narratives seemed to have reached their peak in popularity a few years back, but some stand the test of time, and Vampire Diaries is one of them. We're still in the classic horror mixed with teen romance phase with shows like this one and Teen Wolf.