The stars stepped out to honor teen favorites in music, TV, movies, sports, and more at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on Sunday. The two-hour show was filled with tearful moments (Cory Monteith tribute), lots of twerking, and plenty of star power.
Big Sean supported his girlfriend Naya Rivera backstage after “Glee” won Best Choice TV Show Comedy, while Miguel brought his own hot date Nazanin Mandi.
Miley Cyrus showed off her legs in a short black dress while collecting her surfboards for Choice Summer Song (“We Can’t Stop”), Fashion Trendsetter, and Choice TV Scene Stealer.
Bruno Mars picked up two awards for Choice Summer Music Star and Choice R&B Artist and delivered a comical videotaped message.
Nelly rocked the stage with Florida Georgia Line while performing “Cruise (Remix),” and Choice TV Actor – Action winner LL Cool J presented with Ed Sheeran.
Other star sightings included Cher Lloyd, Demi Lovato, and Jordin Sparks.
Nelly keeps it slick and sexy in the black-and-white video for “Get Like Me.” The St. Louis rapper calls on Nicki Minaj and Pharrell for the Colin Tilley-directed clip. Fresh off the video for Busta Rhymes’ “#Twerkit,” Nicki kicks off her heels and pops her booty, while Nelly plays the butt bongos and pops wheelies.
“[Nicki] brings energy, charisma, and her star power, and I think that’s what the video is about,” said Nelly. “It’s just about that star power and energy and the hypeness of the joint.”
Pharrell added, “When we get together, we like to do a song that evokes as much energy as possible.”
Nelly’s seventh album M.O. is due September 30 featuring T.I., Future, 2 Chainz, Nelly Furtado, Trey Songz, and Florida Georgia Line.
Nelly headlined RoverFest 2013 in Cleveland on Saturday, but it was a special guest that made the headlines. Kidnap victim Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade, made her first public appearance during the concert on Saturday.
Following an introduction from radio host Shane French, Nelly brought Berry and her family onstage while he performed “Just a Dream.”
“That’s how you tell the pulse of a city by the people that live there,” said the St. Louis rapper. “Since they up here right now, I want to make sure that we get a chance to thank you because I know it’s a long time and I can’t even imagine the type of strength and the type of courage that it took to keep it going.”
Wearing sunglasses, jeans, and a black T-shirt, Berry smiled and sang along during Nelly’s set.
Her appearance comes a day after her abductor pleaded guilty to kidnap and rape charges.
Talib Kweli and Nelly put on their hoodies and paid tribute to Trayvon Martin on Tuesday’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The rappers performed “Before He Walked” off Talib’s new album Prisoner of Conscious with some help from Abby Dobson, who added her soulful stylings.
Nelly also shared some more behind-the-scenes footage from his “Get Like Me” video shoot with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell.
Hip-hop all-stars mingled with sports MVPs at the 2013 ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The Game, Snoop Dogg, and Nelly rubbed shoulders on the red carpet with athletes including Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, and Dwyane Wade.
Diddy brought his son Justin Combs and presented the Best Team award to LeBron James and the Miami Heat, while “SNL” comedian Jay Pharoah drew laughs with his impersonation of Jay-Z as a sports agent.
Game caught up with Reggie Bush backstage. “Two very distinguished gentlemen. Ladies…. you may cream now,” the Compton MC told his followers.
Nicki Minaj kicks it with the fellas in the video for Nelly’s new single “Get Like Me.” The head Barb takes us behind the scenes of the Colin Tilley-directed clip co-starring Pharrell. She sips her beverage Myx moscato on set and twerks for the camera.
After rocking all black, she changes into all white for another scene with Nelly and Pharrell, joking about her cellulite and Pharrell’s smooth skin.
The video will premiere later this month. Nelly’s new album M.O. is due this fall featuring T.I., Future, 2 Chainz, Nelly Furtado, Trey Songz, and Florida Georgia Line.
Nelly links up with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell on his brand new single “Get Like Me,” produced by Pharrell. The drum-patterned track, reminiscent of a classic Neptunes production, is set to appear on Nelly’s upcoming album M.O.
Fresh off her collabos with Wale, Ciara, Mario, and Busta Rhymes, Nicki keeps the momentum going, adding a playful verse. “Bon voyage, Nicki M. Baby, Buns Minaj/ Back of the ‘Bach slumpty, Humpty Dumpty/ On the back of the bike, these stunts be comfy,” she raps.
Pharrell adds his golden touch to the hook, singing in his raspy voice, while Nelly talks slick over the thumping beat.
M.O. is due later this year featuring appearances from Nelly Furtado, Trey Songz, T.I., and Wiz Khalifa.