Taylor Swift gets award from ex Conor Kennedy's family (awks), then after-parties with Harry Styles (Ooo!)

It's always a bit awkward with the ex's family isn't it?

And American singer Taylor Swift had the ultimate in cringe evenings last night.

The 22-year-old singer, who has now reportedly moved on to One Direction hottie Harry Styles, didn't just have to SEE her ex Conor Kennedy's family (because that's awks enough).

She actually had to attend the RFK Centre's annual gala that was HOSTED by the Kennedy family.

And she was even given an award (further cringe) - the 2012 Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights for her commitment to social change through music.

Taylor poses for an awkward Kennedy family shot. Copyright [Wenn]

Taylor, who also took to the stage to perform tracks from her new album 'Red' at the event, did the one thing that anybody else in that situation would do - LOOK DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.

The country singer donned a gold and cream sheer Oscar de la Renta gown, no less and a pair of peep-toe beige heels.

When the star was chosen as a recipient for the award in July, she was still dating 18-year-old high school senior Conor and was a firm fixture in the infamous family's life, according to HollywoodLife.

Tay-Swift also posed for a series of awkward photos with Conor's family on the red carpet and then on stage when his aunts Kerry and Rory gave her the gong.

Just when things could have got even more uncomfortable for the songstress, Taylor is reported to have made a quick exit to meet up with new boyfriend Harry Styles, who is in New York with One Direction.

It is thought the blonde slipped into a LBD to attend the after-party of 1D's gig in the city.

Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall had previously performed at Madison Square Garden, where the group performing tracks from their debut album 'Up All Night' as well as songs from their current one 'Take Me Home' (which by the way debuted at number one in more than 35 countries).

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Love is in the air for the One Direction lads?Harry and Taylor, Liam and Danielle and Zayn and Perrie - they've all be spied out and about together:

Hazza got more than he bargained for when he was chucked a white bra from one of the screaming fans.

And with Zayn's girlfriend Perrie Edwards, Louis Tomlinson's girl Eleanor Calder and Liam Payne's (was ex) GF Danielle Peazer all in the US city together, we imagine the after-party was quite a knees up.