It was a big night for "Glee," but also an emotional one, as the show took four big awards at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, August 21 in Universal City, California. Lea Michele, in her first public appearance since the death of her co-star and boyfriend Cory Monteith in mid-July, accepted the award for "Choice TV Actress- Comedy." The show also won "Choice TV Comedy," "Choice TV Breakout Star" (Blake Jenner), and "Choice Male TV Scene Stealer" (Chord Overstreet).
Speaking on behalf of the show after "Glee" won its first award of the night for "Choice TV Comedy" were co-stars Kevin McHale, Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz. The actors dedicated the award to their "brother and castmate" Monteith, and thanked the fans for their support. Shortly thereafter, emotions were even higher when Michele took the stage for her big win.
“He was very special to me, and also to the world," she said, choking back the visible tears in her eyes. "And we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.”
“Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts," Michele continued, dedicating her award to him. She told the "greatest fans in the world" that with each other's support, they would all get through this. The broadcast then cut to a memorial title card for the late actor.
The New York Daily News' Michael Walsh said that Michele's "genuine heartache was palpable" throughout her speech and thought it will be remembered as a touching tribute to Monteith. Us Weekly's Nicole Eggenberger noted that Michele's tribute to Monteith went beyond just her words -- she also wore a "Cory" nameplate necklace to the event.
"Glee" will have a special memorial episode for Cory Monteith -- and his character Finn Hudson -- in the third episode of the upcoming fifth season on Fox, which premieres on Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET.
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