The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards is an annual award ceremony held in the United Kingdom that celebrates the best of music and acting. Its hosted by BBC Radio 1 and previous attendees and performers include Taylor Swift, fun., The Wanted, Justin Bieber, and many more.


The awards are usually held in autumn in late October or early November. Attendees must be between the ages of 14-17 only and usually a matinée show starts at 12pm and ends at 5pm. People and groups are nominated one month in advance and the public can vote online for the nominees, with winners revealed at the ceremony.




2010 to 2012 BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards logo

2010 marked the first BBC Teen Awards and featured artists such as Taylor Swift, The Wanted, Katy Perry and many others but One Direction, having only just formed in July, did not feature in it.


The 2011 Teen Awards were held on October 9th in the Wembley Arena and were hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Mollie King. One Direction performed "Na Na Na" and "What Makes You Beautiful"[1] in their first appearance at the awards show, but they were not nominated for any awards. They performed alongside other artists such as Jason Derulo, Joe Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Cher Lloyd.



On October 6, 2012, the boys were each interviewed live on air with different BBC Radio 1 presenters[2] to promote the awards show. The pairings were:

  • Liam Payne and Gemma Cairney
  • Harry Styles & Nick Grimshaw
  • Zayn Malik & Scott Mills
  • Niall Horan & Huw Stephens
  • Louis Tomlinson & Greg James

The boys then attended the awards the next day on October 7, 2012 at Wembley, London[3] presented by Nick Grimshaw, from BBC Radio 1. They performed "One Thing", "Up All Night', "Moments", "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young" respectively[4]. They did "Moments" while flying over the crowd on a moving platform. Other acts performing that night included Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Conor Maynard. The band also did two small interviews for the show; one named "One Direction In A Toilet With Matt Edmondson" and another called "One Direction chat with Jameela and Aled"[2]. They won the following awards[5]:

  • Best British Single: One Thing
  • Best British Album: Up All Night
  • Best British Music Act



One Direction did not attend but were nominated for two awards, Best British Group and Best British Single for "Best Song Ever".


The band were nominated for Best British Single ("Story of My Life") and Best British Group.


One Direction won awards for Best British Single ("Drag Me Down") and Best British Group. They thanked fans via a pre-recorded video, as they were still on tour at the time. It was also announced they would be performing on Radio 1's Live Lounge for the first time on November 12.[6]


  1. BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards- 2011 One Direction
  2. 2.0 2.1 BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards- 2012 Episode guide
  3. BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards- 2012 One Direction
  4. 2012 full performance
  5. BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards- Teen Awards Winners
  6. 2015 Acceptance Speech