Teen Choice Awards Preview: Nominees And Performers

selena-gomez-performanceWhen it comes to choices, teens make plenty. Which colleges to apply to? Whose house to tell Mom I’m sleeping over at? And, most crucially of all, Team Edward or Team Jacob? That last Major Life Decision is prominently on display as Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson face-off for a number of prizes, including Choice Male Hottie — against stiff competition like Homme Fatale Joe Jonas and supposedly-on-hiatus Justin Bieber. And naturally, no choice a teen will ever make is as paramount a decision as which pop idols to worship. Thus many of our faves are represented tonight as nominees and performers. Head below to see what to expect this evening!

Last year’s Teen Choice Awards saw live performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Jason Derulo, Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, and Diddy-Dirty Money. This year’s roster of musical guests is no slimmer — we’ll see Selena Gomez & the Scene, will.i.am, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, and Jason Derulo again (and if there are any more performers, they’re being saved as surprises).

This year’s ceremony is hosted by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco (really? do that many teens watch CBS?), and since Selena Gomez is performing, we know we’ll see Justin Bieber in attendance! (He is nominated for five choice “surfboards,” after all.) There’s also a lot of love for Selena as an award nominee, along with The Black Eyed Peas, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, and more.

The Biebs will duke it out with Mars, Derulo, Cee Lo, and Enrique Iglesias for Choice Male Artist (we’re predicting a landslide victory for Chris Brown’s lady-loving pal). As for female artist, Swift goes up against heavy hitters like Adele, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga (curiously absent: Britney Spears?). We predict either Taylor or Katy for the win.

To the Teen Choice Awards’ credit, they’ve also got a couple novel categories like “Choice Love Song” and “Choice Break-Up Song,” both featuring Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars for two different tracks. “Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon” sees the always-outrageous Lady Gaga competing with slightly more conservative fashionistas like Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Miley Cyrus, while the category’s male competition sees Chris Colfer up against Justin Timberlake and, of course, Justin Bieber.

The Biebs is also up for “Choice TV Villain” and “Choice Twit” — not as mean as it sounds, since it honors teens’ favorite tweeter.

See the full list of music nominees below:

Choice Music: Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Jason Derülo
Cee Lo Green
Enrique Iglesias
Bruno Mars

Choice Music: Female Artist
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Group
Black Eyed Peas
Far East Movement
Glee cast
Selena Gomez & The Scene
The Script

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Lupe Fiasco
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Choice Music: R&B/Hip-Hop Track
“Run the World (Girls),” Beyoncé
“Just Can’t Get Enough,” The Black Eyed Peas
“Don’t Wanna Go Home,” Jason Derülo
“I Need A Doctor,” Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey
“All Of The Lights,” Kanye West

Choice Music: Single
“The Time (Dirty Bit),” The Black Eyed Peas
“Who Says,” Selena Gomez & The Scene
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga
“Firework,” Katy Perry
“Give Me Everything,” Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo

Choice Music: Male Country Artist
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Choice Music: Female Country Artist
Miranda Lambert
Jennette McCurdy

Kellie Pickler
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Choice Music: Country Single
“If I Die Young,” The Band Perry
“Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Luke Bryan
“Just A Kiss,” Lady Antebellum
“Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton
“Mean,” Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Country Group
Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry
Rascal Flatts
Steel Magnolia
Little Big Town

Choice Music: Rock Group
30 Seconds to Mars
Foo Fighters
Linkin Park

Choice Music: Rock Track
“Rope,” Foo Fighters
“Waiting for the End,” Linkin Park
“Sing,” My Chemical Romance
“Good Life,” OneRepublic
“Monster,” Paramore

Choice Love Song
“Come Down With Love,” Allstar Weekend
“Love You Like A Love Song,” Selena Gomez
“Just The Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
“Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
“Mine,” Taylor Swift

Choice Break-Up Song
“Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
“Forget You,” Cee Lo Green
“See No More,” Joe Jonas
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars
“Back to December,” Taylor Swift

Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female
Miley Cyrus
Vanessa Hudgens
Lady Gaga
Jennifer Lopez
Taylor Swift

Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Male
Justin Bieber
Chris Colfer
Zac Efron
Jaden Smith
Justin Timberlake

Who are you hoping to see take surfboards home? And which of the nominees is your favorite Love and Beak-Up track? Tell us below!

The Teen Choice Awards air tonight on Fox starting at 8 PM EST.

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