Taylor Swift, Katy Perry Appear At BBC Teen Awards

'An event like this encourages teens that they can change the world,' Swift said of show honoring inspirational young people.

On Sunday, a number of A-listers gathered at BBC Radio 1′s Teen
Awards 2010 held at Hammersmith Apollo in London. The show honors not only celebrities like Robert Pattinson but also inspiring teens, the BBC reports.

Taylor Swift took the stage wearing a crème lace dress. She performed new hits “Speak Now” and “Mine” and Fearless favorite “Love Story.” “I think that an event like this really encourages teens that they can change the world and they can make a difference,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see so many vibrant, passionate people here who just happen to be young.”

Other performers for the night included the Wanted, Professor Green and Olly Murs, who rose to fame on “The X Factor.” Robert Pattinson, given the prize for Best Actor, is currently shooting “Breaking Dawn” and accepted his award via recorded message. Katy Perry, in a white latex dress, was on hand to give an award to 16-year-old Connor Rowntree who, after suffering from life-threatening burns, now works on a fire-safety campaign. “He’s amazing. He’s like walking motivation for me, I think for a lot of people,” she said. “I love being part of these type of awards that have heart and talent.”

Perry also tweeted about the event, writing, “Omg the kids are SO loud here @ the Radio 1 Teen Awards. Loudest I think I’ve ever heard! This is gonna b amazin! #LONDON, #FUNDON (T.swift)”

Other teen winners included 17-year-old Alex Williams, who became disabled after having meningitis as a child. He now is a sports ambassador for other disabled young people. Jack Bennett, 16, also took home a prize for being a teen entrepreneur after he set up a farm for free-range chicken.