UNIVERAL CITY, California — 'NSYNC, Ja Rule and Usher are close behind, but with teenagers Nelly is #1.
The St. Louis rapper took a ride out of Sunday's Teen Choice Awards with three awards, more than any other artist. (Click for photos from the event.)
Two of Nelly's awards, Choice Single and Choice Hook Up, were for "Girlfriend," his remix collaboration with 'NSYNC. "Hot in Herre" nabbed Choice Song of the Summer.
'NSYNC's wins give the guys 10 Teen Choice Awards total, more than any other group. With two Choice Male Hottie awards under his belt, Justin Timberlake now has a record 12.
Timberlake's ex, Britney Spears, won her second consecutive Choice Female Hottie award and third consecutive Choice Female Artist award. However, as happened at the MTV Movie Awards (see "'Lord Of The Rings,' Nicole Kidman On Top At MTV Movie Awards"), Mandy Moore's "A Walk to Remember" performance beat out her "Crossroads" role for breakout performance.
Ja Rule won Choice Male Artist and Choice R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap Single for "Ain't It Funny" with Jennifer Lopez, while Usher took home two surfboard trophies for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap Artist and Choice Love Song for "U Got It Bad."
"I guess I need to learn how to surf now," Usher said backstage of the awards, which are voted on by fans. "Seriously, this means everything. This is an opportunity to know if the fans really dig you."
As if it wasn't clear enough, fans definitely dig Ashanti. She ousted B2K, the Calling and others for Choice Breakout Artist.
Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne won a breakout award of her own, for female TV star. "The Osbournes" nabbed Choice TV Reality Show. Kelly's brother, Jack, was up to his usual shenanigans at the ceremony, sporting the same "F--- MTV" tie he wore to the MTV Movie Awards earlier this summer.
Nelly and the St. Lunatics opened up the show, which also featured performances by BBMak and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
"What I just did is possibly the best thing I have ever felt in my whole life. I had a really good time," Hewitt said backstage, where she treated reporters to an encore performance.
Other stage highlights included Jamie Lynn Spears threatening to sell bathtub pictures of her heartthrob sister on eBay if Britney continued to interrupt her presentation, and a man in a spacesuit, a stand-in for Lance Bass, joining 'NSYNC for their acceptance speech (see "Bass Inks Space Deal As Russia's Partners Voice Concerns").
Before the awards, Pamela Anderson, Bernie Mac and dozens of others walked a red carpet that featured a rather interesting human backdrop — the dancer from Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" video strutting his stuff.
Fox, which sponsors the Teen Choice Awards with Seventeen magazine, will air the ceremony August 19 at 8 p.m.
Teen Choice Awards winners:
- Choice Female Artist - Britney Spears
- Choice Male Artist - Ja Rule
- Choice R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap Artist - Usher
- Choice Single - "Girlfriend" ('NSYNC f/ Nelly)
- Choice Love Song - "U Got It Bad" (Usher)
- Choice R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap Single - "Ain't It Funny" (Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule)
- Choice Hook Up - "Girlfriend" ('NSYNC f/ Nelly)
- Choice Breakout Artist - Ashanti
- Choice Song of the Summer - "Hot in Herre" (Nelly)
- Choice Movie, Comedy - "American Pie 2"
- Choice Movie of the Summer - "Mr. Deeds"
- Choice Movie, Action Adventure - "Spider-Man"
- Choice Movie Your Parents Didn't Want You To See - "American Pie 2"
- Choice Movie Actor, Action Adventure - Tobey Maguire ("Spider-Man")
- Choice Movie Actress, Comedy - Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Scooby-Doo")
- Choice Movie Actor, Comedy - Chris Tucker ("Rush Hour 2")
- Choice Breakout Performance, Actress - Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember")
- Choice Movie Hissy Fit - Ben Stiller ("Zoolander")
- Choice Chemistry - Mandy Moore and Shane West ("A Walk to Remember")
- Choice Lip Lock - Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst ("Spider-Man")
- Choice TV Comedy - "Friends"
- Choice TV Reality Show - "The Osbournes"
- Choice TV Breakout Show - "The Bernie Mac Show"
- Choice TV Drama/Action Adventure - "7th Heaven"
- Choice TV Actor, Comedy - Matt LeBlanc ("Friends")
- Choice TV Actor, Drama - Barry Watson ("7th Heaven")
- Choice TV Actress, Drama - Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
- Choice Breakout TV Star, Female - Kelly Osbourne ("The Osbournes")
- Choice Breakout TV Star, Male - Tom Welling ("Smallville")
- Choice TV Sidekick - Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
- Choice Comedian - Adam Sandler
- Choice Female Athlete - Michelle Kwan
- Choice Male Athlete - Kobe Bryant
- Extraordinary Achievement Award - Reese Witherspoon