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The teal carpet outside of The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., was lined with stars ahead of the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday. Among A-listers including Jennifer Garner and Justin Timberlake were some of the youngest in the business (like The Jungle Book’s 12-year-old Neel Sethi) as well as those who’ve become famous thanks to the internet.
With categories like “Choice Web Star” and “Social Media King,” some of the loudest screams both on the teal carpet and inside the awards show were for the categories’ respective winners: the Dolan Twins and Cameron Dallas.
Nonetheless, industry stars were still abundant — particularly those in the TV realm. The casts of Fuller House, Scream Queens and Pretty Little Liars, among others, were all present.
Janel Parrish of PLL — which was nominated for 11 awards and won six — talked to The Hollywood Reporter about season 7 of the show, which could be its last.
“Answers in every single episode,” she told THR. “There’s gonna be a marriage — it’s gonna melt your heart. And all of the sexy things.”
Parrish also gave hope to fans, hinting that season 7 won’t be the end for the liars. “I think there’s definitely a possibility of life after Pretty Little Liars season 7, but who can say for sure?”
Paul Wesley and Kat Graham of The Vampire Diaries — another show in its final season — were also on the carpet.
“It’s bittersweet because it feels like the end, but you know, a lot of us have a lot of other projects that we’re doing and gearing up to release,” Graham told THR. “So it’s bittersweet, but it’s kind of fun.”
Graham and the rest of the TVD cast are currently a couple of weeks into filming season 8, and according to her, there’s a lot lined up.
“There’s definitely a really cool female villain. I know the actress — she’s amazing,” Graham told THR. “It’s a take on an old classic story that we’re bringing to life.”
She also teased “a big death coming up.”
“Not in the season premiere — but, you know, midway through, someone’s kickin’ the bucket,” Graham said.
While another Freeform show isn’t set to depart from TV, Stitchers’ fate hangs in the balance as it awaits a season three renewal.
After nabbing two award nominations, the drama’s stars, Ritesh Rajan and Kyle Harris, had a renewed sense of hope.
“Being a second-season show nominated for ‘Choice Breakout Show’ was definitely something that I kinda, that I was excited by,” Rajan told THR. “Because I think that shows that our fan base is catching on — later in the game, but we’re still relevant.”
Harris continued, “Right, it shows that we have a great, you know, kind of foundation in terms of people watching our show — and that we’re growing!”
Aside from talk of upcoming projects, many stars were buzzing about Timberlake receiving the Decade Award from Kobe Bryant — especially Chelsea Kane and Derek Theler of Baby Daddy.
“We’re gonna try to break up Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel,” Kane joked to THR. “I want Justin and he wants Jessica, so yeah — we’re going to go try and do that.”
Bryant presented Timberlake’s 23rd Teen Choice Award to him following the recent ESPYs, in which Timberlake actually presented Bryant the Icon Award.
“I’m not just a fan,” Bryant said while presenting, “I consider myself a friend.”
Timberlake delivered a touching speech, in which he described growing up learning “to respect all people on the basis of their character — not where they live, not what they did for a living, or the color of their skin.”
He also shared wisdom from Muhammad Ali in the form of three different quotes, including the late boxer’s take on the word “impossible.”
The award show remained lighthearted throughout the evening thanks to a steady stream of jokes from co-hosts John Cena and Victoria Justice, and upbeat performances by Flo Rida, Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Serayah.
However, a somber tone came over the arena when Jessica Alba took the stage with a group of teens that have all been affected by gun violence.
“Here with me tonight are a group of brave teenagers who share an unlikely bond that’s hard to comprehend,” Alba said. “They are the brothers, sisters, daughters and family members of recent victims of gun violence: I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rogue, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown.”
“Tonight we stand together with these teens, united in our call for peace and an end to this violence,” she continued. “Now, more than ever, we need to stop, feel and ask what’s going on.”
Ne-Yo then performed Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” with the entire arena lit up from audience members’ phone lights.
Afterward, Alba called upon the audience and viewers at home to take a photo of the teens and use the hashtag #StopTheViolence.
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