UNIVERSAL CITY, California — The teens have once again spoken, and their favorites seem to be “Twilight,” [artist id=”501686″]Britney Spears[/artist], [artist id=”2408193″]Miley Cyrus[/artist] and “Gossip Girl.” There were 83 million votes cast for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards, and as the results were unveiled Sunday night (August 9), it was a meeting of many big, beautiful, bizarrely matched superstars at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
The evening was hosted by the [artist id=”2088128″]Jonas Brothers[/artist], who began the festivities by “interrupting” a Barack Obama press conference, then took dares from fans (who gave them such challenges as speed-hugging a line of fans — Kim Kardashian cut in near the end) and also rocked out with a full brass backing band. Highlights of the evening included “Twilight” winning 11 awards and Britney receiving the Ultimate Choice Award.
“This is an honor, you’ve got to love the teens. We’re here because of them,” beamed Chace Crawford, moments before heading inside to take home the Choice TV Actor: Drama award for “Gossip Girl.” “I don’t know what I would say to Britney Spears. Hopefully, I’ll bump into her.”
“Wow, I would need to think about what I would say to her,” laughed [movieperson id=”373803″]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson], finally revealing what he’d ask the superstar if stuck on an elevator with Britney: “So, what are you doing tonight?”
Moments before the taping began, Britney and her entourage had the backstage swag shop emptied so she could pick up some goodies. Britney parked her kids in front of the “Band Hero” video game, where they banged away on the instruments while she snagged free sneakers, hats and other items.
Once inside, the awards were presented fast and furious. Lautner, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Justin Chon, [movieperson id=”365131″]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson], Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone and Catherine Hardwicke took the stage and braved the shrieks to take home surfboard trophies for for Choice Movie: Drama, Romance, Actor (Pattinson), Actress (Stewart), Villain (Cam Gigandet), Fresh Face Female (Greene), Fresh Face Male (Lautner), Liplock (Stewart and Pattinson) and Rumble (Pattinson and Gigandet). Another highlight came when RPattz and Megan Fox came onstage together to accept their matching Hottie awards.
“I’m doing something special with with [Britney] tonight,” Miley Cyrus told us before the show of the night’s biggest moment, when she presented Britney with her Ultimate Choice Award. “She’s a good friend of the family, so I’m just happy to finally show everyone that she’s back, and she never went anywhere. She’s had a successful career, I’m proud of her — and both of us being Southern girls, I love that.”
Hugh Jackman was presented with the award for Choice Movie: Action Adventure in a way we can safely assume no one ever has before: by getting his face tattooed on a Jonas Brother. “They had a little challenge to Kevin, one of the Jonas brothers, to tattoo the winner of the award on his arm. So, they announced it by showing the tattoo,” Jackman grinned backstage, promising that the award for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” only made him more resolved to return the character to the screen soon. “I thought that was pretty good work for one commercial break — that was probably the quickest tattoo in the history of the world! But it was a good way to get it. And particularly good for me for my street cred, because my kids like the Jonas Brothers — and just be being near them, that’s all that matters.”
Other big winners included Zac Efron (Actor Comedy, “17 Again” and Actor Music/Dance, “High School Musical 3″), “The Hills” (Choice TV: Reality, and Female Reality, Lauren Conrad) and Beyoncé (Choice Music R&B Artist and R&B Track for “Single Ladies”). Sean Kingston stole the show with a memorable performance, as did Black Eyed Peas — who surfed above the crowd.
“We just wanted to try something different,” Taboo told us after the show. “Flying in the air over the crowd? I was scared. But it was exciting; we got the opportunity to do something different. It was great.”
“We had a fantastic night. We pulled in 11 — that was amazing,” marveled Jackson Rathbone after the show, reflecting back on all the “Twilight” triumphs. “I got to sit next to my Ashley Greene, and she won Fresh Face, along with Taylor. It was amazing to have everything go the way it did.”
“The universe didn’t explode — like some people may have thought — if the two of them came in contact,” laughed Miley’s “Hannah Montana” co-star Jason Earles, remembering the moment when she and Britney were onstage together. “It was cool, it was almost like a passing of the torch.”
“I wish Britney Spears would’ve performed. I didn’t get to meet her, but I was so excited she was there. She looks great — I’m so happy for her,” said an excited Ashley Greene afterward. “She’s had a rough couple of years, but she looked phenomenal. And Sean Kingston? His performance was cool, the dancers … I just ran into him [backstage]. Now I’m going to go download his stuff.”
The Teen Choice Awards air Monday, August 10, at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.