Teen Choice Awards: YouTube Stars Battle Hollywood for Authenticity

August 12, 2014 9:07 AM

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Teen Choice Awards: YouTube Stars Battle Hollywood for Authenticity

There was a controversy at last night’s Teen Choice Awards, although it wasn’t about a midriff-baring red carpet outfit or whether One Direction is better than 5 Seconds of Summer. No, the nature of the scandal was something much more complicated: whether the awards were rigged or not.

Some background: in an era where reality TV is either outlandish wine-throwing or as rehearsed and stiff as a Botoxed Kardashian forehead, teens have begun flocking to YouTube in search of authenticity — real people being honest about their lives. YouTube vloggers and Vine stars, who primarily appea...

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