MTV already had its turn to give out accolades with the recent Movie & TV Awards which aired this week (after taping on Saturday). Now, Fox network makes ready to make teenagers of America vote on their counterpart presentation, the Teen Choice Awards for 2019. The 21st iteration of the awards will be held this August at Hermosa Beach in California, featuring nominations of achievements in film, television, music, sports and other fields. Fox started announcing their nominees for various categories on Wednesday, and from the look of things, it may be another big break for K-Pop in the US.
As the Manila Bulletin has it, South Korean pop music is heavily represented for the 2019 Teen Choice Awards. In the revelation of the nominees for Choice International Artist, four of the six announced were stalwart acts in the K-Pop scene. They were boy bands EXO, BTS and NCT 127 plus hot girl group BLACKPINK, which might be remembered in the Philippines recently for a badly managed promo by Singaporean e-commerce platform Shopee, to win tickets for a meet-and-greet event. They were accompanied on that category by other musical groups: Little Mix from the UK and Latino boy band CNCO.
A fifth K-pop act makes its appearance in the Choice Electronic/Dance Song, namely Red Velvet for “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix),” in collaboration with Ellie Goulding and Diplo. Other nominations for K-pop acts in the Teen Choice Awards include the following: “DDU-DU DDU-DU” by BLACKPINK for Best Song, where one of its rivals is “Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers. The music video for the latter includes appearances from the spouses of the Jonases: Kevin’s wife Daniela Deleasa, Nick’s wife Priyanka Chopra, and Joe’s wife Sophie Turner. BLAKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” video on the other hand has 852 million YouTube views.
For Best Collaboration, BTS shares a nomination with Halsey for “Boy with Luv.” They are up against a heavy competitor in the form of 2018 Academy Award Winner for Best Song “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, from the film “A Star is Born.”
Voting on the 2019 Teen Choice Awards is for Americans of age 13 and above, done on the award ceremony’s official website and Twitter page. The voting period will be divided into three phases: June 19-25, July 8-15, and July 8 to Aug. 11, the day of the Awards itself. Voters will be able to vote as many times on any category as needed, with the limitations being only 10 votes per calendar day and per Twitter ID. Each tweet must have only one category and nominee vote on it. More nominees will be revealed as the voting periods advance.
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