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Little Mix a little confused over racy outfits backlash


Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

Little Mix attend the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards

Chart-toppers Little Mix have said they only wear what they feel comfortable in following a backlash over the group's racy outfits during their performance on X Factor.

The girl band, who scored a number one with break-up anthem Shout Out To My Ex on Friday, faced criticism after performing on the show last week.

But speaking on the red carpet at Radio 1's Teen Awards on Sunday, band member Jade Thirlwall said they have total control over their outfits and did not know what "the big deal" was.

She told the Press Association: "It's all us. We're comfortable in what we wear.

"We know what we are wearing and to be honest we were like - we don't really know what the big deal was. It was really weird."

She added: "Every woman that I've spoken to has said 'yes girl'.

"We don't see what the problem is. And I think everyone's got to have something to say - so they picked that one."

Meanwhile, former One Direction star Niall Horan was a surprise guest at the awards, kicking off the ceremony with just a guitar for a rendition of new song This Town - his first live solo performance.

The sound cut out briefly - leaving the audience to sing along alone - but it did not appear to phase Horan and he later said he was happy on the stage alone and without his fellow bandmates.

He told awards host Nick Grimshaw: "It's hard to feel lonely with 10,000 people in front of you."

Jess Glynne, DNCE, The Vamps and Shawn Mendes also featured on the line-up for the seventh annual awards ceremony at the SSE Wembley Arena.

More than 9,000 14 to 17-year-olds attended the ceremony, which recognised the selflessness and bravery of the UK's young unsung heroes and also honoured stars in the music, entertainment, online and sporting industries.

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The Vamps picked up the prize for best British group, 5 Seconds of Summer were named best international group, and Adele won best British solo artist.

Mendes won two awards - best international solo artist and best single for Stitches - while US songstress Taylor Swift, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and bloggers Dan & Phil were also recognised.

Last week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed Radio 1's Teen Heroes of 2016 to Kensington Palace for a reception ahead of the ceremony.

The group, who were joined by Radio 1 DJs Grimshaw, Clara Amfo and Greg James, were praised by Prince William for being "shining lights" for their peers.

James described his meeting with the royals as "bizarre".

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of the awards ceremony, he said: "They were just incredible. They were so lovely and I had this mad job of having to meet them at their front door - of their own house - and brief them about the Teen Awards.

"I said 'Lovely to meet you sir, lovely to meet you ma'am', and I said 'I'm Greg'.

"And he said, 'Yes I know who you are, I listen to your show every now and again'.

James added that the couple "put everyone at ease immediately".

"I just thought I'd like to go for a beer with you - or maybe the cricket in the summer," he said.

:: You can watch highlights of BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards on Radio 1's BBC iPlayer channel.

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