Teen pop artists were unsurprisingly the big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, held last night (Aug. 12) in Los Angeles. 'N Sync picked up awards for best single for "Pop," and best album for its new

Teen pop artists were unsurprisingly the big winners at the Teen Choice Awards, held last night (Aug. 12) in Los Angeles. 'N Sync picked up awards for best single for "Pop," and best album for its new Jive set "Celebrity," while Spears was named favorite female artist.

"Thank you so much for doing this for me," Spears told the audience at the third annual award show. "It's just such an honor being voted by all my peers."

Members of the female trio Destiny's Child said they were surprised to beat out stiff competition like 'N Sync, O-Town, and the Backstreet Boys to win the award for favorite pop group.

The show was staged at the Universal Amphitheater and will air Aug. 20 on Fox. Votes for favorite actors, musicians, and athletes were cast on forms published in Seventeen magazine and made available online via the magazine's official Web site.

Along with appearances by a number of superstars, the audience was treated to performances from the likes of rapper Lil' Bow Wow and the girl group Dream.

Actor Ben Affleck, who is currently in treatment for alcohol abuse, surprised fans by accepting in person his two awards, including favorite actor. "I actually wasn't going to be here, but I felt like it was important, because this actually means a lot to me because it's voted on by you guys," he said.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays the title character in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," accepted the award for extraordinary achievement. "I'm honored that all of you guys think I'm a role model," she said. "So believe in yourself and go for it."


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