The blindingly bright hot pink carpet at the Teen Choice Awards was full of rising fashion stars unafraid to break the rules in equally colorful styles.
Ponytailed Teen Choice co-host Demi Lovato wore a flashy yellow-and-silver sequined minidress with long feathers to the Sunday ceremony.
"Well, I chose it because I'm just really, I'm in a really fun mood, and I wanted to 'wow' people when I stepped out on the carpet," smiled Lovato. "And I don't know, the host has to wear something special, it's the Teen Choice Awards."
New pop star Carly Rae Jepsen wore a beige blazer paired with a matching miniskirt and dark green printed palm trees accompanied by a black clutch and chunky black Aldo
Zoe Saldana wore a balloon-hem printed dress by Jonathan Saunders, and Zooey Deschanel chose a cheerful cobalt-blue cocktail dress by Monique Lhuillier.
The youngest Kardashian sisters, Kendal and Kylie Jenner, opted for dark dresses.
"We wanted to be different," said Kendall Jenner. Added Kylie: "I picked this dress, just because I really liked it, and then to coordinate, she picked a dark one."
Miranda Cosgrove of "iCarly" wore a short silver metallic sequined dress with subtle jewelry, while Victoria Justice wore a long animal-print dress with a bejeweled black belt, sleek straight hair and beige heels.
"Vampire Diaries" fashionista Nina Dobrev wore a teal strapless J. Mendel dress, gold strappy heels and a soft Grecian braid. "The Teen Choice Awards are all about having fun and being young," she said. "Just playing around and feeling liberated, I guess."
'Twilight,' Swift add to Teen Choice Awards hauls
"The Twilight Saga" is gonna need a bigger garage.
It was announced at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards that the supernatural
"Twilight" stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner were on hand to pick up this year's batch of boards, which included the ultimate choice award, the teen-fueled show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
"It's amazing you guys are still around and just as strong and just as loyal," Lautner said over screams from the crowd.
Stewart was honored as the choice romance movie actress for "Breaking Dawn - Part 1" and as choice female summer movie star for "Snow White & the Huntsman."
"I just feel so honored that I get to have you guys in my life," a beaming Swift told fans. Swift won five awards Sunday: choice female artist, female country artist, single by a female artist for "Eyes Open," country song for "Sparks Fly" and choice movie voice for "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax."
Host and new "The X Factor" judge Demi Lovato said 134 million votes were cast for the 14th annual awards, which honor film, TV, music and sports stars in
"Are there even that many teens?" asked ceremony co-host and "Glee" actor Kevin McHale.
Bieber performed his tune "Boyfriend" and surfed away with five boards, bringing his Teen Choice Awards total to 12 trophies. His girlfriend and birthday girl Selena Gomez won the choice music group trophy and was presented with a cake and rendition of "Happy Birthday" from the crowd inside the Gibson Amphitheatre.
Other winners on hand to accept their awards included Ellen DeGeneres for choice comedian, Zac Efron for choice drama actor and drama movie for "The Lucky One" and Jonah Hill for choice comedy movie for "21 Jump Street."
"I'd just like to point out that he's not nominated for anything tonight," joked Hill, who co-wrote and executive produced the movie.
The Hollywood frolic was televised live on Fox just two days after the midnight massacre at a Colorado movie theater showing "The Dark Knight Rises," killing 12 and injuring 58. The movie wasn't up for any awards nor was there any reference to the tragedy during the show.
"I was devastated when I heard," said Lovato on the red carpet before the show. "It is just really horrible that we can't even feel comfortable going to the movie theater, and that extra police have to be at movie theaters now. It is just really sad that our world has come to that."
The Teen Choice Awards also aired in the wake of a fog machine malfunction that forced the evacuation the night before of a Hollywood nightclub that hosted a Teen Choice Awards pre-party featuring the boy band Midnight Red.
Los Angeles Fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said six people, ages 8 to 20 years old, were taken to the hospital for problems ranging from headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath and cryogenic burns.
AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang is on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang
Associated Press writer Marcela Isaza contributed to this report.
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