‘Em­pire,’ One Di­rec­tion win at Teen Choice Awards

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The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full sup­port be­hind the hit se­ries “Em­pire,” hon­ored late “Fu­ri­ous 7” star Paul Walker and paid homage to a re­spected el­der: Brit­ney Spears.

The two- hour teen cel­e­bra­tion, broad­cast live Sun­day night, kicked off with a vic­tory lap for the week­end box-of­fice hit “Straight Outta Comp­ton.” Ice Cube and the young stars of the N.W.A biopic, which earned an es­ti­mated US$56.1 mil­lion over the week­end, wel­comed the young crowd to Los An­ge­les’ Galen Cen­ter.

Christo­pher “Lu­dacris” Bridges, the rap­per and “Fu­ri­ous 7” costar, was one of three hosts, along­side “Jane the Vir­gin” star Gina Ro­driguez and ac­tor Josh Peck. Bridges’ film, one of year’s big­gest big-screen hits, was one of the night’s top win­ners, win­ning best ac­tion movie and best ac­tor in an ac­tion-ad­ven­ture for the late Paul Walker.

“Paul Walker is here in spirit with us,” said Vin Diesel, a star in the street rac­ing fran­chise. He ap­plauded a “spe­cial, spe­cial” teen in the crowd: Walker’s daugh­ter Meadow.

The Teen Choice Awards spread awards across movies, mu­sic, TV, fash­ion, sports and dig­i­tal media, cel­e­brat­ing the fa­vorites — from Chan­ning Ta­tum to Wiz Khal­ifa to Stephen Curry ( all win­ners Sun­day) — of one of media’s most pow­er­ful de­mo­graph­ics.

As a pop star, Spears was a reg­u­lar at the Teen Choice Awards, col­lect­ing its trade­mark tro­phies — surf­boards — many times over the years, in­clud­ing its ver­sion of a life­time achieve­ment award in 2009.

On Sun­day, Spears, her blonde hair par­tially dyed blue and pur- ple, was hon­ored for be­ing a style icon. She ded­i­cated the award to her sons, Sean Pre­ston and Jay­den James, and niece Lexie, who were in the au­di­ence.

The Teen Choice Awards’ new reign­ing pow­er­house, One Di­rec­tion, landed eight awards, bring­ing their “life­time” to­tal to 23. The Bri­tish boy band, cur­rently on tour, ac­cepted the awards in a taped video.

The hip-hop drama “Em­pire” won break­out TV show and pro­vided one of the show’s most mem­o­rable mo­ments. While Jussie Smol­lett and Yazz per­formed “You’re So Beau­ti­ful,” a song from the se­ries, the show’s Gabourey Sidibe made a sur­prise cameo, ex­u­ber­antly danc­ing among the back-up dancers.

Ellen DeGeneres won for best co­me­dian. Adding a Teen Choice Award to her Peo­ple’s Choice Award, DeGeneres re­quested awards from other age groups: the el­derly and ba­bies.

Sev­eral awards went to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” in­clud­ing best ac­tor in a sci-fi or fan­tasy for Josh Hutch­er­son. He re­flected on the end of the fran­chise, with this fall’s “Mockingjay, Part 2,” like a com­ing grad­u­a­tion.

“`Hunger Games’ has been a huge part of my life for al­most five years now. It’s com­ing to an end and it’s re­ally sad,” said Hutch­er­son. “So if we want to cry to­gether, we can do that be­cause it breaks my heart.”

(2) Emma Roberts ar­rives at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Cen­ter on Sun­day. (3) Jussie Smol­lett, from left, Gabourey Sidibe and Bryshere Y. Gray of the “Em­pire” cast per­form at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Cen­ter on Sun­day.


(1) Shay Mitchell, win­ner of the award for choice TV: drama show for “Pretty Lit­tle Liars,” poses in the press room at the Teen Choice Awards at the Galen Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les on Sun­day, Aug. 16.

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