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  • TeenNick Top 10 Fresh Artist Interview: Shawn Mendes

    Posted on 09/05/2014 by TeenNickBlogger

    Fresh Artist: Shawn Mendes

    Credit: Andrew Zaeh

    If you aren't already smitten by singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, brace yourself. The Vine-star-turned-superstar-on-the-rise has stolen the hearts of many (in under six seconds, no less!) and is about to break out in a major way. We caught up with our brand new Fresh Artist to get exclusive details about his life on tour with Austin Mahone and The Vamps, his biggest influences, and so much more!

    1. Congratulations on all of your recent success! What is a day in the life of Shawn Mendes like right now?

    Wake up on a tour bus in a new city every day, find the nearest shower, head to radio station to say "Hello," grab some food, then meet some fans, then hit the stage. :-)

    2. What was the inspiration behind your hit song "Life of the Party"?

    The song is inspired by the feeling of not fitting in or not being comfortable with who you are. The lyrics basically say that you should be yourself and that you can be amazing regardless of whether you feel you fit in or not.

    3. What's it like being on tour with TeenNick faves Austin Mahone and the Vamps? Has anything crazy or funny happened during your time together?

    It's awesome and everyone is just so chill and relaxed and having a good time. We're always cracking jokes with each other behind stage. I'd say the craziest moment was getting chased by 400 fans at one of the first shows.

    4. When you started recording covers on Vine and YouTube, did you ever think your music would spread as much as it has?

    I really didn't think it would, I kind of just started doing it because I loved posting covers and then it just spiraled into this crazy thing as I kept posting. It's really beyond my expectations.

    5. What do you think about the power of connecting with people in a six-second video?

    It's so cool because in six seconds you have to really find something special in a song and impress people a lot to connect with them. I think that's been a big thing for me and my fans connecting.

    6. Who are your biggest musical influences?

    Definitely Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, just how he holds himself and such, and Bruno Mars is such an unbelievable performer.

    And now, the rapid fire round! We asked Shawn a series of silly questions, and here are the first things that came to mind!

    Shawn Mendes

    If you want to catch more of Shawn, head over to the TeenNick Top 10 page! And don't forget to tune in tonight at 10pm ET!

  • 2014 Kids' Choice Awards: Degrassi Stars, Austin Mahone + More!

    Posted on 03/31/2014 by Rachel1016

    They came, they saw, they slimed.

    This year, TeenNick stars turned up at the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards in a BIG way! Degrassi's Melinda Shankar, Luke Bilyk and Demetrius Joyette hit up the Orange Carpet, TeenNick Top 10 heartthrobs Austin Mahone and Cody Simpson dueled it out in MAJOR slime showdown, and Aloe Blacc and American Authors tore up the KCA stage with unreal performances!

    If you missed all the jam-packed fun on Saturday, here are some of our favorite moments (and a few you haven't seen before) from the 2014 Kids' Choice Awards!


    KCA Recap

    Before the show, Demetrius, Melinda and Luke hit up the KCA Orange Carpet for a little step-and-repeat. They clean up nice, don't they?

    KCA Recap

    But you better believe they showed their silly side, too!

    And signing some autographs for adoring fans? No big deal.

    KCA Recap

    Then there was that time Luke had a moment with a talking zebra. It was real, and it was beautiful.

    KCA Recap

    But before the gang made their way to their seats, they hammed it up in the Live GIF Booth.

    KCA Recap

    Meanwhile, over on the Orange Carpet stage, Austin Mahone kicked off the pre-show with a performance of his hit "MMM Yeah." The hair! The moves! I was just everything. Check out his performance here!


    KCA Recap

    Then the main show began, and Ariana Grande won the KCA for Favorite TV Actress. Ah, emotions!

    KCA Recap

    But it wasn't long before Aloe Blacc kicked things up a notch. His mash-up of "Wake Me Up" and "The Man" had everyone bopping their heads and singing along.


    KCA Recap

    A bunch of classic Nick stars including Kel Mitchell, Drake Bell, Josh Peck and the casts of shows like Victorious, iCarly and Sam & Cat gathered to honor Dan Schneider, one of the greatest TV shows creators of all time! It was so cool to see '90s stars and current stars sharing the same stage!

    Then, in one of the most epic moments of the night, Cody and Austin dueled it out in a slime showdown. You voted for who you wanted to see get slimed, and, well…

    KCA Recap

    KCA Recap

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    You get the picture.

    KCA Recap

    And finally, American Authors closed out the show with a performance of "Best Day of My Life." Watch their full performance here!

  • TeenNick Top 10: Vote For Your Favorite Videos + Austin Mahone Stops By This Friday!

    Posted on 03/12/2014 by baileyb2112

    On last Friday's episode of TeenNick Top 10, you helped Lorde hold on to the top video spot with her hit song "Team," while Jason DeRulo's "Talk Dirty" took second place! Plus, TeenNick Top 10's very own host and TeenNick chairman, Nick Cannon, debuted on the countdown this week at #10 with his video for "Looking For a Dream"!

    TeenNick Top 10

    Here's the full countdown from Friday, 3/7/14:

    1. Lorde, "Team"
    2. Jason DeRulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
    3. John Newman, "Love Me Again"
    4. One Direction, "Story of My Life"
    5. Avicii, "Hey Brother"
    6. Austin Mahone feat. Pitbull, "Mmm Yeah"
    7. Ellie Goulding, "Burn"
    8. Demi Lovato, "Neon Lights"
    9. A Great Big World w/Christina Aguilera, "Say Something"
    10. Nick Cannon, "Looking For A Dream"

    Don't see your favorite videos on this list? Make sure all of your top picks get onto the countdown by voting for this Friday's episode right here! Need even more fun things to look forward to in this new episode? Prepare yourselves, ladies, because AUSTIN MAHONE will be gracing TeenNick Top 10 with his presence on Friday!

    TeenNick Top 10

    TeenNick Top 10

    Here are a few things you might not know about the teen heartthrob and countdown favorite:

    TeenNick Top 10

    We can't wait to see this rising superstar on Friday's episode! But until then, listen to his song "Mmm Yeah," along with all the other songs in the running on TeenNick Top 10's Spotify playlist below!

    Can Lorde stay on top for yet another week, or will you help crown another artist as this week's champion? Give us your best predictions in the comments below and tune in this Friday at 10pm ET to find out!


  • 2013 HALO Awards: Celebs Take Over The Orange Carpet GIF Booth!

    Posted on 11/18/2013 by Rachel1016

    Last night, you joined us for 2013 HALO Awards to honor four amazing teens who Help And Lead Others in their community (and if you didn't, you can relive the evening right now with our GIF highlights)! During the live show, we watched celebrities flip the script and present their idols, our honorees, with the accolades they so deeply deserve.

    But even if you were there for all of the on-stage action, there's a chance you might have missed the Orange Carpet antics before the show. And since we're your loyal stewards of all things behind-the-scenes, we got a few of our HALO celebs, like Austin Mahone, Darren Criss, and the Degrassi cast, to serve major face in our Orange Carpet GIF booth. Check out our faves below!

    HALO Awards 2013
    Austin Mahone

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    Darren Criss

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    Nikki Reed

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    Jessica Tyler, Lyle Lettau, & Mindy Shankar

    HALO Awards 2013
    Jennette McCurdy & Kevin Jonas

    Thank you for sharing this feel-good night with us! If you missed the live airing of the show, be sure to check out a special TeenNick encore Monday at 9pm ET!

  • 2013 HALO Awards: GIFfable Highlights From The Show!

    Posted on 11/17/2013 by Rachel1016

    And that's a wrap on the 2013 HALO Awards, folks! Do-gooding was in full force at the Hollywood Palladium tonight as we gathered celebrities to recognize our four amazing honorees: Denzel Thompson, Miranda Fuentes, Rocio Ortega, and Zachary Kerr. It was an evening full of heartwarming stories, some BIG surprises, and a few unforgettable musical performances.

    Words fail to describe just how inspiring the 2013 HALO Awards were, so we GIFfed tonight's most memorable moments. Here are our favorite highlights from the 2013 HALO Awards!

    HALO Awards 2013
    Fans rejoiced in the sweet sounds of Fall Out Boy.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Lil P-Nut tried to steal the show with this freestyle chops.

    HALO Awards 2013
    The audience became human glowsticks. (And it looked AWESOME.)

    HALO Awards 2013
    Honoree Rocio Ortega flashed her pearly whites at the camera.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Honoree Denzel Thompson's words of wisdom echoed through the arena.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Austin Mahone melted some hearts. Naturally.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Shay Mitchell hugged it out with honoree Miranda Fuentes!

    HALO Awards 2013
    Miranda inspired us all with her speech.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Co-hosts Kevin Jonas and Jennette McCurdy hammed it up on stage.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Our amazing honorees made Daniella Monet cry.

    HALO Awards 2013
    We totally surprised our honoree, Zachary Kerr.

    HALO Awards 2013
    Then we surprised ALL of our honorees with a little more $$$ for their education!

    HALO Awards 2013
    And finally, Enrique Iglesias stared into our souls as he closed out the show.

    Thank you for sharing this feel-good night with us! If you missed the live airing of the show, be sure to check out a special TeenNick encore Monday at 9pm ET!

  • 2013 HALO Honoree: Miranda Fuentes

    Posted on 11/13/2013 by Rachel1016

    HALO 2013: Miranda Fuentes

    Miranda Fuentes is a 16-year-old surfer girl who has a passion for working with children with autism, a brain developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and even physical health issues. A 2013 HALO honoree, Miranda has combined her love for the sport and dedication to advocacy by volunteering with an organization called Surfers For Autism (SFA). We got the chance to speak with Miranda to learn more about her involvement with Surfers For Autism and hear all about what it was like to meet Austin Mahone!

    Surfers For Autism's states in its mission that the therapeutic benefits of surfing for children with special needs cannot be overestimated. Inspired by her younger brother Lucas who has autism himself, Miranda has dedicated her time over the past five years to bring these children to the waves. Through the spirit of surfing, she works to build their confidence, unlock their potential, and ultimately create a safe, fun-loving space for them to flourish.

    HALO 2013: Miranda Fuentes

    As the youngest master instructor at Surfers For Autism, Miranda told us she takes roughly 150 participants surfing each year. "I like to work with the younger age groups," she said. "Our beginning age is four. The oldest I've worked with is 14 [years-old]." She explained how she enjoys teaching the basics of the sport to the younger kids who are learning the skills for the first time. And on top of instructing these young surfers, within a given season Miranda helps SFA organize surfing events roughly every two to three weeks. But when the off-season arrives, Miranda explained how they keep their surfers involved with out-of-water activities: "We have off-season concerts inland [that feature] local musicians." She also explained that these concerts are a great way to include families that may not live near the beach.

    Austin Mahone surprised Miranda on the beach to tell her she would be honored at the HALO Awards, and here's what she had to say about it: "That was really cool. I was definitely in shock! I was really excited and very honored. He was on a fat tire bike and I didn't notice him coming from the side until he was a few feet away. Then I realized it was Austin Mahone!"

    When we asked Miranda how she inspires others to HALO she said, "I just like to talk to my friends about [Surfers For Autism], and they tell their friends. I'm also in charge of the Instagram and Twitter for SFA. I like to tell them how SFA can change their lives. I show them pictures and invite them to events, and just watching the kids inspires them."

    When she's not in the water or advocating for autism, Miranda is a beach-girl at heart. She enjoys playing in the sand, playing tag on the beach, and building sandcastles. Oh, and dare we forget, she also loves One Direction.

    Don't miss Miranda and the other amazing honorees at the 2013 HALO Awards, this Sunday, November 17th at 8pm ET!