Tuesday 24 April 2018

Decade honour for singer Justin Timberlake at Teen Choice Awards

Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade award at the Teen Choice Awards at the Forum in Los Angeles (AP)
Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade award at the Teen Choice Awards at the Forum in Los Angeles (AP)

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

British actress Daisy Ridley was named Movie Breakout Star for her role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The actress, 24, who shot to fame in the film, beat John Boyega, her British co-star in the Star Wars reboot, to the title.

"Oh my God, this is so scary. There's so many people..." Ridley said, as she collected her gong.

"It feels incredible to be in this category with amazing people, especially my boy John."

She added: "And after all the incredible people we just saw on stage, i t feels especially important to be part of a film that represents diversity in such a positive way.

"Thank you for creating this character and everyone for letting me be Rey."

Christina Grimmie, the late YouTube star and former contestant on The Voice who was shot dead in front of terrified fans as she signed autographs, was named Choice Web Star: Music.

The 22-year-old was shot minutes after coming off stage at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida, in June.

Press Association

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