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Few surprises in country music at Teen Choice Awards

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The 2014 Teen Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night. The Shrine Auditorium was packed with an audience primarily made up of teenagers all hoping to win–or see their favorite star win–an award. When it came to country music, announced via the Teen Choice Awards live broadcast and website on Sunday, most of the winners could have easily been predicted.

Taylor Swift won the award for Choice Female Country Artist. The country superstar has won this award every year since she was first nominated in 2010. With millions of fans worldwide, the majority of them within the teenage population and only teens allowed to vote on the Teen Choice Awards, Taylor Swift is pretty much a shoe-in. That’s not to say she doesn’t have some tough competition though. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood top the list of competitors, while Kacey Musgraves and Jana Kramer represent the newer artists to the scene.

Hunter Hayes won for Choice Male Country Artist. Being the only nominated male who has been a teen in recent years endears him to many young girls, which most likely accounts for a good percentage of votes. Aside from the “hottie” factor though, Hunter Hayes has shown incredible vision with his latest album “Storyline.” His song “Invisible,” which he debuted at the GRAMMYs touched many hearts and stirred much conversation about the way people view themselves. His latest song “Tattoo” is more fun in nature, but Hunter Hayes’ creativity still shines through in the video for the song.

Hunter Hayes has won the Choice Male Country Artist award every year since 2012. This year, he beat out Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Jake Owen.

The award for Choice Country Group went to Lady Antebellum. Though the trio has won the award every year since 2010, this year, Florida Georgia Line could have been a serious contender. Florida Georgia Line has been racking up awards at the ACMs, CMAs, and CMT Awards over the past year, but apparently their newfound fame hasn’t been enough to put them over in the teen category just yet. Lady A remains on top for another year, also beating out The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band and newcomers Parmalee.

While Florida Georgia Line didn’t inch up enough to win Choice Country Group, the duo did manage to grab a surfboard for Choice Country Song. “This is How We Roll” is an interesting win, however, given that Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s much talked about duet “Something Bad” was also in the running. Also, though Luke Bryan is featured on Florida Georgia Line’s winning song, his own “Play It Again” didn’t nab enough votes. Lady Antebellum’s “Bartender” was in the running, but it’s possible that particular song may have been a bit mature, even for teens who are familiar with alcohol. Jake Owen’s “Beachin’” was also nominated, but didn’t seem to be a match for Florida Georgia Line.

All in all, more than 164 million votes were cast for the Teen Choice Awards, according to MusicRow. The categories include those for music, touring, movies, sports, comedians, social media, fashion, appearance and more.

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