TEEN CHOICE AWARDS

Stars rode a wave of surf­board gongs in LA

WHO - - Content - By Cyn­thia Wang

Stars ride a wave of surf­board gongs.

Mak­ing his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since an­nounc­ing his split from Anna Faris on Aug. 6, a mel­low and wed­ding-band-free Chris Pratt ac­cepted his surf­board for Choice Scifi Movie Ac­tor at the Teen Choice Awards by dis­pens­ing some sketchy words of wis­dom to the young crowd at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Galen Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on Aug. 13. Pratt con­ceded that as a blond and tanned as­pir­ing ac­tor, he replied to an agent who said, “Wow, bro, you must surf,” with, “Why, yeah.” Af­ter a pause, the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 star cracked, “And that was the first of many lies … that

I told to get to where I am to­day.”

More earnest were three-gong win­ners Fifth Har­mony, who urged peace in the wake of racial vi­o­lence in the US (see p. 16), while Choice Sum­mer Movie Ac­tress Zen­daya said, “I need you to be ed­u­cated, I need you to lis­ten. I need you to pay at­ten­tion.”

Heed­ing from afar, Bruno Mars sent a video thank you for his Vi­sion­ary Award. But 18-time win­ner and Ul­ti­mate Choice hon­oree Mi­ley Cyrus was a last-minute no-show (she in­sta­grammed her apolo­gies). As pre­sen­ter Vic­to­ria Jus­tice summed up, “I know. It’s a bum­mer.”

Pretty Lit­tle Liars stars Janel Par­rish (left) and Lucy Hale both won gongs. With the show end­ing, Hale said it was “bit­ter­sweet.”

Rita Ora (left, in Alexan­dre Vau­thier) opened the show with her lat­est hit, “Your Song”.

Paris Jack­son (in Zim­mer­mann) was a Fe­male Hot­tie and Model nom­i­nee. Hush, now! Bella Thorne (right) and boyfriend Black­bear ar­rived with their pup­pies.

Stranger Things star Mil­lie Bobby Brown daz­zled in Kenzo.

Louis Tom­lin­son, who closed the show with “Back to You” aided by Bebe Rexha (in red, far right), won Choice Col­lab­o­ra­tion with DJ Steve Aoki for “Just Hold On”.

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