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The Most Controversial Moments From The Teen Choice Awards Of All Time

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Aug. 9 2019, Published 4:33 p.m. ET

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards is just around the corner and will be celebrating its 20th year on the air. The very first telecast premiered in 1999 with a young Britney Spears opening the show.  Over the last two decades there have been many awkward and controversial moments that have defined a generation. Take a trip down memory lane and relive the most unforgettable moments of the show below.

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Who could forget Miley Cyrus' jaw-dropping performance of her single "Party In The USA" at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards? The singer and actress caught flack for appearing to pole dance on stage and in her performance, she used an ice cream cart pole as a prop.

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In 2006, legendary record producer Timbaland and singer Nelly Furtado made audience members and parents alike shake their heads when they performed their song "Promiscuous." Immediately after their high-energy performance, the duo won the awards for Choice R&B Track and for Song of the Summer. When accepting their coveted surfboards, they told the audience to "wear condoms" and "don't be promiscuous."

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Lucy Hale and Darren Criss hosted the 2013 show and tried to set a new "twerking world record." They made an attempt to get the audience to twerk with them but as the cameras panned across the crowd, not many guests shook their booties. Whomp, whomp!

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During the same year, comedienne Rebel Wilson accepted her award while wearing a wetsuit and made an extremely dirty joke about One Direction. While accepting her award for Choice Movie Actor/Actress Comedy on stage, she joked, "You know what's weird? When I found out that there was a band called One Direction, because that's the name I also gave my a**hole." The NSFW comment was cut from later broadcasts.

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Vine star Cameron Dallas caused controversy when he questioned whether or not the 2014 awards ceremony was "rigged." After losing the award for Choice Web Star: Male, he took to Twitter to claim that he had been informed days prior to the actual event that he had won the award. The social media influencer tweeted at the time, "So I found out that the Teen Choice Awards were rigged and used powerful internet people for marketing. I'm sad now. Television is stupid."

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The Teen Choice Awards were heavily criticized in 2016 when slain singer Christina Grimmie was omitted from the show. The Voice alum was tragically murdered that same year and won the award for Choice Web Star: Music. However, her win was cut from the telecast and fans were furious when there was no tribute given to the fallen star.

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The 2019 Teen Choice Awards air on Fox Sunday, August 11 at 8 p.m., live from Hermosa Beach, CA. Lucy and YouTuber David Dobrik are set to host.

Will you be tuning into the show? Sound off in the comments below!

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