Taylor Swift’s new surfboard and other gems from this year’s Teen Choice Awards

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-08-12 15:10

What do a cat-covered surfboard, the Jonas Brothers and BTS have in common?

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards were Sunday night, and unlike previous years, they took to the shores.

The award show took place outside, on Hermosa Beach in California.

More than 10,000 teens lined the shore to see their favourite stars take home the iconic surfboard prize.

A huge crowd of fans with the beach in the background.

Thousands of teens line a beach in California for a chance to see their favourite celebs. (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

Hosting and handing out awards all night were Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale and YouTube’s David Dobrik, who seemed to have an awesome time soaking up the sun and celebrity.

Superstar hosts David Dobrik and Lucy Hale address the crowd as they host the 2019 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

Winners included Taylor Swift, who took home the first-ever Icon Award — a giant, bedazzled surfboard covered with photos of her three cats  — Olivia Benson, Meredith Grey and Benjamin Button.

The Icon Award was given to recognize T-Swift’s social influence, which she uses to inspire change, and for her legendary record sale status.

Swift used her award acceptance to highlight the gender pay gap facing the U.S. women’s soccer team.

Taylor Swift accepts the Icon award at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. (Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)

“While they were winning the World Cup, they were also taking a historic stand in terms of gender equality, gender pay gaps.”

The Lover singer is making waves with her fans, who have been tweeting out their support for her comments on equality.

Taylor Swift and some of her fans want to keep gender inequality in the past.

Speaking of a blast from the past, the Jonas Brothers appear to be back — at least for now!

The sibling singers returned to the Teen Choice Awards to promote their new reunion album, Happiness Begins.

Three brothers hold surf boards on a stage

The Jonas Brothers: Kevin, left, Nick and Joe, accept their surfboards. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Here’s hoping they’ll stick together until the year 3000, when maybe the award show will be underwater!

Noticeably absent from the event were superstar K-pop group BTS, which won four awards.

This comes after the band’s management tweeted out a statement that said the band was going on an “official and extended period of rest and relaxation.”

The K-pop band BTS wasn’t in attendance on Sunday night. Here they are performing at the Billboard Music Awards back in May. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The band members RM, Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, V and Jin haven’t had a break since their debut in 2013.

After six years of hard work and touring, we’ll keep you posted on news of BTS’ return.

Two Canadians were also given a shout-out.

Singer Shawn Mendes and actor Nina Dobrev took home surfboards.

Shawn Mendes wasn’t able to attend the awards show, but sent a video message to fans. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Dobrev won for her role in the comedy show, Fam, and Mendes won Choice Male Artist.

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