The awards are usually held in autumn in late October or early November. Attendees must be between the ages of 14-17 only and is usually a maintnee show starting at 12pm and ending at 5pm. People and groups are nominated one month in advance and the public can vote on the website for the nominees and the winners are revealed at the awards.
20102010 marked the first BBC Teen Awards and featured artists such as Taylor Swift, The Wanted, Katy Perry and many others but One Direction did not feature in it.
The 2011 Teen Awards were held on 9 October in the Wembley Arena and was hosted by Nick Grimshaw and Mollie King. One Direction performed "Na Na Na" and "What Makes You Beautiful" 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 the 6th of October 2012, the boys each did 1 hour on the radio with different BBC Radio 1 presenters 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 the 7th of October 2012 at Wembley, London 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. They did Moments while flying over the crowd on a moving platform and other acts that performed that night were Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Conor Maynard. They 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". They won the following awards:
- Best British Single: One Thing
- Best British Album: Up All Night
- Best British Music Act
They were nominated for two awards, Best British Group and Best British Single for Best Song Ever.