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Amid all the tank tops and surf board trophies handed out at this year's Teen Choice Awards — the full list of lucky recipients you can find below — a deeply sobering message echoed through the airwaves.

While it is pointing out the obvious to state that 2016 so far has been rough, it's both sobering and heartwarming to see stars — especially those whom you wouldn't generally affiliate with political movements — using their fame to stand up and speak out against hate crimes. So, while Chris Evans picked up his trophy for Civil War and Miracles From Heaven miraculously scored a surfboard too, a number of unexpected celebs took to the stage to spread their messages of love and unity.

1. Jessica Alba's Heartbreaking Tribute

via Twitter
via Twitter

In a speech that'll give you goosebumps from head to toe, Jessica Alba moved the world to tears with a passionate tribute to those affected by gun violence. Inviting teenagers on stage who had all lost family members to hate crimes — including Anton Sterling's son — and she asked each one to introduce themselves.

Alba addressed the crowd:

"[They] share an unlikely bond that is hard to comprehend. They’re the brothers, sisters, daughters, and family members of recent victims of gun violence. I’m talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown. It keeps happening and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens.”

After each teen introduced themselves, she spoke out in solidarity:

"Tonight we stand together with these teens. United in a call for peace and an end to this violence. Now more than ever we need to stop, feel, and ask, ‘What’s going on?’”

The 35-year-old actress was later joined on stage by rapper Ne-Yo, who sang Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" as images of the victims flashed on screen behind him. He spoke out:

"People in general, no matter what race, should come together as one united family. Protest with peace, not guns, not drugs, not alcohol, not violence."

Later asking the audience to take out their phones and post images of the performance on social media with the hashtag , which — as you can see above — they did.

“If you feel that we have to do better, I need you to stand up right now and take out your phones.”

2. Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey Spread His Love To The LGBTQ Community

Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey appeared to use his moment to backtrack on an awkward Snapchat he sent out last week that was interpreted as belittling the experience of coming out.

The TV star posed a video featuring a street sign that read "Gay Street," and was heard saying, "This is me. I am this, and this is me." A move which, understandably, was interpreted as Posey revealing his own sexuality — and, via confirming his own heterosexuality, was then seen as undermining how hard opening up as LGBTQ can be. He took to Twitter last Friday to iron out his mistake:

And when Posey took to the stage at the Teen Choice Awards it was clear that his Snapchat error was still on his mind as, in between dropping a huge Teen Wolf bombshell — which you can hear in the clip below — he continued to speak at length about love.

"I'm so full of love, and we love each other so much. We truly do love every single last one of you."

3. Meanwhile The Internet Was Furious Over TCA's Treatment Of Christina Grimmie

Christina Grimmie The Voice
Christina Grimmie The Voice

The tragic death of Christina Grimmie — the 22-year-old pop sensation who was shot and killed while signing autographs in Orlando this June — was "honored" at the Teen Choice Awards with the Choice Music Web Star award. However, the manner in which this gesture was handled has angered many of The Voice finalist's fans.

As the handing over of her trophy was not aired during TCAs Sunday night broadcast, many feel that her name was used by the ceremony as a promotional tool.

Although the TCAs have so many categories it's understandable that not all can be awarded on TV, the fact her win was confirmed via a press release afterward has not only prompted anger but also a Change.Org campaign requesting the TCA and Fox formally apologize for disrespecting her memory. The corporations are yet to comment.

What do you think about the conversations started at this year's Teen Choice Awards? And remember:

Read on for the full list of Movie & TV winners!


Choice Movie: Action/Adventure


Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure

Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure

Shailene Woodley, The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Captain America: Civil War

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Chris Evans, Captain America: Civil War

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Choice Movie: Drama

Miracles from Heaven

Choice Movie Actor: Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Choice Movie Actress: Drama

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Choice Movie: Comedy

Ride Along 2

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy

Zac Efron, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy

Chloë Grace Moretz, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Choice Movie Villain

Adam Driver, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Choice Movie Scene Stealer

Jena Malone, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Choice Movie Breakout Star

Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Choice Movie Chemistry

Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dylan O’Brien, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Choice Movie Liplock

Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Choice Movie Hissy Fit

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

Choice Summer Movie

Finding Dory

Choice Summer Movie Actor

Kevin Hart, Central Intelligence

Choice Summer Movie Actress

Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Dory

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie

Suicide Squad

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor

Dylan O’Brien, Deepwater Horizon

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress

Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad


Choice TV Show: Drama

Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV Actor: Drama

Ian Harding, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV Actress: Drama

Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Once Upon a Time

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Grant Gustin, The Flash

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time

Choice TV Show: Comedy

Fuller House

Choice TV Actor: Comedy

Ross Lynch, Austin & Ally

Choice TV Actress: Comedy

Candace Cameron Bure, Fuller House

Choice TV: Animated Show

Family Guy

Choice TV: Reality Show

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Choice TV Villain

Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV: Scene Stealer

Sasha Pieterse, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV: Breakout Star

Matthew Daddario, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice TV: Breakout Show

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice TV: Chemistry

Ashley Benson & Tyler Blackburn, Pretty Little Liars

Choice TV: Liplock

Jennifer Morrison & Colin O’Donoghue, Once Upon a Time

Choice Summer TV Show

Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Actor

Dylan O’Brien, Teen Wolf

Choice Summer TV Actress

Shelley Hennig, Teen Wolf


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