Lea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards.
Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. An autopsy revealed the 31-year-old actor died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
He and Michele played an on-again, off-again couple in the popular Fox series "Glee" and dated off-screen for about a year.
Michele won Choice TV Actress in a comedy for her role on "Glee" and took the stage to tearfully address the audience while wearing a necklace that said "Cory."
"I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very difficult past few weeks," she said.
She dedicated the award to Monteith saying, "For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we're gonna get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world."
She went on to say that "We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart so whether you know him personally or just as (his 'Glee' character) Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts."
"Glee" also won Choice TV Comedy and cast member Amber Reilly said, "Although we lost someone that we really love and that you guys love too we are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family and Cory was like a brother to us."
On the teal carpet prior to the show, another "Glee" star Naya Rivera, said it was therapeutic for the show's cast to be together since Monteith's death.
"It's really good for us to be able to be all together and be in the same room and celebrate people loving what we do."
There were also lighthearted, silly moments during the show, ripe for the screaming teens in the audience.
One Direction kicked off the night with their new song "Best Song Ever" while later in the show hosts Darren Criss and Lucy Hale got Harry Styles to twerk as the audience went wild.
Some of the show's celebrity presenters tried to use the opportunity as teaching moments for the younger audience.
"Tonight means your vote matters," said "Scandal" star Kerry Washington with "The Vampire Diaries" actor Ian Somerhalder, of the more than 150 million votes cast, setting a new record for the show.
Ashton Kutcher received the Ultimate Choice Award and after joking, "Let's be brutally honest. This is the old guy award," said he wanted to impart some life-lessons to his younger fans.
"The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful and being generous," he said.
Actress Rebel Wilson used her time on stage winning the Choice Movie Actress Comedy award for "Pitch Perfect" to get vulgar. She made an off-color joke about One Direction's band name that was muted out by producers.
This year's telecast was from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif.
List of 2013 Teen Choice Awards winners
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Winners at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, announced at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., Sunday.
Choice Movie: Comedy
Choice Movie Actor: Comedy
Skylar Astin, "Pitch Perfect"
Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
Rebel Wilson, "Pitch Perfect"
Choice Movie: Romance
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
Choice Movie Actor: Romance
Robert Pattinson, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
Choice Movie Actress: Romance
Kristen Stewart, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
Choice Movie Villain
Adam DeVine, "Pitch Perfect"
Choice Movie Scene Stealer
Kellan Lutz, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2"
Choice Movie Breakout Star
Nicholas Hoult, "Warm Bodies"
Choice TV Show: Drama
"Pretty Little Liars"
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Ian Harding, "Pretty Little Liars"
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Troian Bellisario, "Pretty Little Liars"
Choice TV Show: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
"The Vampire Diaries"
Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Ian Somerhalder, "The Vampire Diaries"
Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Nina Dobrev, "The Vampire Diaries"
Choice TV Show: Action
"NCIS: Los Angeles"
Choice TV Actor: Action
LL Cool J, "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Choice TV Actress: Action
Lucy Liu, "Elementary"
Choice TV Show: Comedy
Choice TV Actor: Comedy
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Lea Michele, GLEE
Choice TV: Animated Show
Choice TV: Reality Competition Show
THE X FACTOR
Choice TV Personality - Male
Simon Cowell, THE X FACTOR
Choice TV Personality - Female
Demi Lovato, THE X FACTOR
Choice TV Female Reality Star
The Kardashians & Jenners, "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"
Choice TV Male Reality Star
Kevin Jonas, "Married to Jonas"
Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Chord Overstreet, GLEE
Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Miley Cyrus, "Two and a Half Men"
Choice TV Breakout Star
Blake Jenner, GLEE
Choice TV Breakout Show
Choice Male Artist
Choice Female Artist
Choice Music Group
Choice R&B Artist
Choice Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Choice Rock Group
Choice Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Artist
Choice Male Country Artist
Choice Female Country Artist
Choice Country Group
Choice Country Song
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift
Choice Single: Female Artist
"Heart Attack," Demi Lovato
Choice Single: Male Artist
"Beauty And A Beat," Justin Bieber, featuring Nicki Minaj
Choice Single: Group
"Live While We're Young," One Direction
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
"Can't Hold Us," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Ray Dalton
Choice Rock Song
"Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
Choice Love Song
"Little Things," One Direction
Choice Break-Up Song
"Come and Get It," Selena Gomez
Choice Music Breakout Artist
Choice Music Breakout Group
Choice Female Hottie
Choice Male Hottie
Choice Female Athlete
Choice Male Athlete
Choice Web Star
Choice Social Network
Candie's Choice Style Icon
Choice Twitter Personality