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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 08/ 9/2010

The Teen Choice Awards: An FAQ

By Jen Chaney

The Twilighters, collecting another Teen Choice surfboard. (AP) | VIEW MORE PHOTOS

The Teen Choice Awards honored the very best in youth-oriented entertainment -- and by that I mean vampire movies and television programs -- during a ceremony held Sunday night in Universal City, Calif., and to be broadcast Monday at 8 p.m. on Fox.

In order to be as prepared as possible for tonight's program, which undoubtedly all of you plan to watch from start to finish, a primer seemed in order. With that in mind, here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Teen Choice Awards.

I know the title says Teen Choice Awards. But do teens actually determine the winners?

Theoretically, yes. The winners are determined via online votes (apparently more than 85 million were cast), but anyone with Internet access can participate, be they 16 or 67. So technically some 50-somethings could have gone on the Web and tried to sway the results as part of their ongoing effort to prove that Baby Boomers are responsible for all things culturally significant. That, however, seems unlikely.

Teen Choice Awards ... is that the one where everybody gets slimed?

No, that's the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which was held in March. Your confusion is understandable.

Teen Choice Awards ... is that the one where the winners receive a Moon Man trophy?

No, that's the MTV Video Music Awards, which will be handed out to a lot of people who aren't Adam Lambert in September. The Teen Choice Awards come in the shape of surfboards. Come on, man. Try to keep up a little.

Fine, smarty pants. Answer me this: What the heck was Levi Johnston doing at the Teen Choice Awards? And, in a related question, will he somehow cause more political controversy for the Palins by appearing at an event where the terms "teen" and "choice" appear next to each other in the title?

It should be noted that Johnston attended the Teen Choice Awards last year, as the date of Kathy Griffin. This year he was with singer Brittani Senser as a way to promote his appearance in her upcoming video, "After Love." Which, from the sound of it, is more likely to tick off the Palins than his appearance at a low-level awards show, regardless of its "choice" reference.

Super-important question: Was Robert Pattinson there?

Yes, he was. All the hot members of the vampire/werewolf community were represented -- including Taylor Lautner and Ian Somehalder -- since both "Twilight" and "Vampire Diaries" pretty much dominated the awards.

OMG, OMG: Was Justin Bieber there?

Nope, afraid not. He did win four awards, though -- including Choice Breakout Artist and Summer Music Star -- and was shown doing a previously recorded performance of "U Smile," a number that presumably made the cut for tonight's Fox airing. As to why Bieber wasn't there, he is touring at the moment. (Although I prefer to think he's holed up in a cabin by a lake, searching the depths of his soul and banging out his memoirs, pausing only occasionally to reload the ribbon in his typewriter.) Take heart, though: several "Glee" cast members hosted the show, along with Katy Perry. So, you know ... there's that.

Did Sandra Bullock win for, like, doing something awesome?

Of course. It's a 2010 awards show requirement that Bullock must be honored at every trophy-distributing event imaginable. At the Teen Choice Awards, she won Choice Drama Movie Actress and shared the honor for Choice Movie Dance Award with her "Proposal" co-star, the delightfully ubiquitous Betty White.

So given that the winners were already announced and I'm only semi-attracted to Robert Pattinson, can I skip watching the Teen Choice Awards?

Probably. Maybe just compromise and watch the first half-hour, then switch over to the episodes of "Mad Men" and "True Blood" you DVR'd last night. Together, the AMC and HBO shows still provide a healthy serving of attractive actors and vampires, but without all the acceptance speech filler.

By Jen Chaney  | August 9, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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Comments

I thot EWE were going to watch the Teen Choice awards, so we don't have to!
This is something I just don't see the Pookster doing.

Posted by: reddragon1 | August 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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