Justin Timberlake and the cast of “High School Musical 2” were the big music winners last night (Aug. 26) at the seventh Teen Choice Awards. Timberlake won for Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Payback Track for “What Goes Around … Comes Around,” and was honored with a special Teen Choice answer to a lifetime achievement award, Ultimate Choice.
“High School Musical 2” also scored with Choice TV: Movie, as did two of its stars. Zac Efron was dubbed Choice Male Hottie and Vanessa Hudgens won Choice Music Breakout Artist: Female.
The Disney Channel movie’s presence was felt early in the show, which opened with a 50th reunion spoof, replacing the youthful cast members with senior citizens. Even Choice Comedian Dane Cook thanked the “HSM2” team, joking, “I couldn’t have done this without you.”
For all of the show’s celebration of youth, it was 53-year-old John Travolta who seemed to cause the biggest stir with the 6,000-plus member audience, generating screams and a standing ovation as he walked to the stage to accept the Choice Summer Movie: Comedy/Musical for “Hairspray.”
Hosted by one-time kid stars Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon, the show was telecast by Fox from the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Hollywood, with awards doled out at lightning speed.
Presenters blasted through more than 30 categories in less than two hours. Musical performers included Shop Boyz and Kelly Clarkson, as well as winners Avril Lavigne, and Fergie, the latter giving the night’s most emotional acceptance speech.
“This award isn’t paid for. This award isn’t traded for favors,” she said, while tearing up. “This is picked by you.”
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