They did it for the Vine.
During the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night, August 10, Vine stars, Cameron Dallas and Matthew Espinosa, exposed a possible scandal by revealing that the award show had actually contacted winners days before voting closed. Savvy Twitter users quickly posted screen grabs of the tweets and the hashtag #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards started trending.
— ur not Taylor Caniff (@Hayitschloeee) August 11, 2014
In addition to the Viners' tweets, some tweeters also posted screen grabs from last year's show stating that producers have the final say on the winners.
— *:･ﾟ✧⋆ Ella ⋆✧ *:･ﾟ (@ridedallas) August 11, 2014
Needless to say, Twitter flipped the flip out.
— One Direction ♕ (@1DirectionFabs) August 11, 2014
— TYSM CARTER (@BeliebinMagcon) August 11, 2014
I'm probably just gonna vote for the People's Choice Awards........ #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards
— Adrian çåštrœ (@adriguzcas) August 11, 2014
Just look at how many times Adam Sandler has won for funniest male and you can tell it's rigged #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards
— Christopher Palumbo (@Veroswene) August 11, 2014
Reading the reaction to the news that the Teen Choice Awards were rigged. In a related story, I can't breathe. #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards
— Austin Shinn (@untitleduser) August 11, 2014
No one is watching next year! I know I'm not I'm super pissed...😡#TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards
— cara hemmings/malik (@caramckeown) August 11, 2014
#TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards I love Ariana but there is no way Beyoncé could have lost to her unless it was rigged which it was
— THANK U AUSTIN ILYSM (@RocinKidrauhl) August 11, 2014
And of course some cynical tweeters had to jump in and give their opinions.
The #TeensDontHaveAChoiceAwards hashtag is hilarious if you want to see kids learning for the first time nobody cares about their opinion.
— Maître Esquire (@SpicyTunaTroll) August 11, 2014
— Nick Sestanovich (@Nsestanovich) August 11, 2014
The practice of producers contacting winners has reportedly been in place at various award shows for a while. So though it probably won't change anything, the Vine stars should rest assured that the unexpected backlash against the show was pretty much the equivalent of giving the Teen Choice Awards the #SmackCam.