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Justin Timberlake delivers empowering speech as he's awarded special honour at Teen Choice Awards

Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 01/08/2016 | 10:25

Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake has been honoured with the first ever Decade award at this year's Teen Choice Awards.

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The award was presented to the singer by basketball star Kobe Bryant in the ceremony at The Forum in Los Angeles, which honours achievements across all areas of entertainment.

Timberlake, (35), referenced boxing great Muhammad Ali in his speech and urged teenagers to "be part of the solution, not part of the problem".

He said: "Muhammad Ali fought in the ring, but he fought for peace, too. And he became the heavyweight champion of the world because, as we all know, he could float like a butterfly and sting like a bee."

Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The SexyBack star also said he hoped his one-year-old son, Silas, "watches this one day", adding: "Go out, do the impossible and go on and become the greatest generation yet."

Timberlake has won a total of 23 Teen Choice Awards during his career, and earlier this year presented Bryant with an Icon Award at a major sporting awards ceremony.

Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Honoree Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The award coincides with the 10-year anniversary of his 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.

British boyband One Direction were also honoured with a few surfboards, the Teen Choice Awards trophy of choice, as they were named Choice Song Group winner for their hit Home, as well as taking the Choice Fandom and Choice Music Group awards.

Actress Jessica Alba attends the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Jessica Alba attends the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

One Direction band member Harry Styles was also named Choice Male Hottie.

Big winners in the movie arena included Captain America: Civil War, which was named Choice Movie Sci-Fi/Fantasy winner and its star, Chris Evans, also took home Choice Movie Actor in the same category for his role as the superhero.

Actress Jessica Alba (C) speaks out against gun violence with victims and victims' families of gun violence attacks onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Jessica Alba (C) speaks out against gun violence with victims and victims' families of gun violence attacks onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was named the winner in the Choice Movie Actress Sci-Fi/Fantasy category, as well as Choice Movie Actress Drama winner.

A recognisable British face in the celebrity crowd was Brooklyn Beckham, who attended the award show with his girlfriend, actress Chloe Grace Moretz, who was named the winner of the Choice Movie Actress Comedy category.

In TV, teen drama Pretty Little Liars was the stand-out winner with four awards.

Hollywood actress Jessica Alba led a poignant tribute to the many Americans whose lives have been affected by gun violence in the country.

Alba took to the stage with a group of teenagers to honour the lives lost in recent tragedies such as the Orlando nightclub massacre.

The ceremony was hosted by actress Victoria Justice and wrestler John Cena.

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