OFFSTAGE: Taylor Swift’s Teen Choice Win Sparks Retrospective View

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First things first. Taylor Swift gave out big hugs to Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber when she was called to the stage at Sunday night’s (Aug. 7) Teen Choice Awards to accept her Ultimate Choice honor. Then she had some sage advice for teenagers everywhere. “I feel like it’s been a long time since I was a teenager, like two years, so it’s been a while,” she joked. “When I was a teenager, I felt like we were always being stereotyped as being very intense and dramatic and passionate and hopelessly romantic and excitable. And now in retrospect, I need to let you know that I think all those things are amazing things. And to all the teens watching, I hope you never lose those things.” All this after her pal, actress Emma Stone, introduced her as the ultimate teen success story. “Right from the start, Taylor Swift has spoken to and for teens everywhere,” Stone said before Swift took the stage in a white Rafael Cennamo dress with a deep V and a flirty skirt, a Ranjana Khan belt, Neil Lane jewelry and Fendi shoes.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.