From left, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Candice Accola, and Paul Wesley accept the choice fantasy/sci-fi show award for The Vampire Diaries at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday.
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Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and The Twilight Saga continued their runs as teenage fan favorites, winning the top honors at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.
Country music star Swift, 22, picked up five awards, including choice music female artist and female country artist, as well as voice actress for her role in animated comedy The Lorax. The singer was also among the top winners last year at the awards show that airs on the Fox television network.
Canadian pop star Bieber, 18, received a loud welcome as he performed his song "Boyfriend" and latest single, "As Long As You Love Me" with rapper Big Sean on a futuristic set. The singer won four awards, including choice music male artist and single by male artist for "Boyfriend."
Teen Choice favorite film The Twilight Saga picked up the Ultimate Choice Award this year, ahead of the franchise's final installment, Breaking Dawn — Part 2 coming out in theaters in November.
The blockbuster movie series and its actors have won 41 Teen Choice awards over the last four years.
The Teen Choice Awards, voted for by teen viewers online, gives actors, musicians, and other artists who are popular with kids the chance to thank their fans. The trophies are life-size surfboards and are given in numerous categories spanning film, television, and music, as well as unconventional awards.
The two-hour awards show was hosted by former Disney Channel actress and current X Factor judge Demi Lovato and Glee star Kevin McHale, who also picked up awards.
Among other awards, the movie "lip-lock" Teen Choice trophy went to Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games. Choice "Hotties" went to Miley Cyrus and Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder.
A Downton Abbey sneak peek at season three revealed that fireworks will fly between matriarchs played by Maggie Smith and newcomer Shirley MacLaine.
The aristocratic Crawley family endures a financial crisis. And, despite the engagement of Matthew and Mary at the end of last season, all is not well with the pair played by Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery.
PBS showed brief clips from next season to the Television Critics Association on Saturday before a panel discussion with cast members and producers of the international hit. They took a break from taping in London to meet reporters in Beverly Hills.
Their visit followed a strong showing by Downton Abbey in last week's Emmy nominations with 16 bids, including best drama series.
In one scene shared by PBS, Hugh Bonneville's Robert Crawley, also known as Lord Grantham, is shown confessing to his wealthy American wife Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) about an investment gone wrong.
"Has some of my fortune been lost?" she asks.
"Almost all," he replies, tearfully.
Mariah Carey to join ‘Idol'
Fox says Mariah Carey is joining American Idol as a new judge. Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced her signing to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Monday, and then put Carey on speaker phone to confirm the deal.
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Fox says Mariah Carey is joining American Idol as a new judge.
Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly announced her signing to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Monday, and then put Carey on speaker phone to confirm the deal.
"I am so excited to be joining American Idol," she said. "This kind of all just happened really quickly."
Earlier this month, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez said they were leaving American Idol after two years as judges.
Carey had been courted by Idol, and as one of music's best-selling singers she could bring the star power it needs to compete with rivals like The X Factor, which recently added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges.
Singer Amy Winehouse's father says it's tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he's happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her.
"Even after a small space in time — we're talking a year since Amy passed away — we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people's lives," Mitch Winehouse said in a recent interview.
Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched last year in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States.
Amy Winehouse was one of music's critically revered singers, praised for her touching lyrical content, soulful tone, and authenticity. Her debut, "Frank," was a U.K. success, but her breakthrough came with 2007's "Back to Black," a multiplatinum effort that won her five Grammy Awards.
In the United Kingdom, the Winehouse family has raised more than $1 million and has assisted various charities. In America, the group is working with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to develop "after school music club houses" and feed hungry children throughout Louisiana.
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