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Alba calls for gun control at awards night

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/08/2016

The boisterous revelry of the US Teen Choice Awards momentarily took on a sombre tone when Jessica Alba called for an end to gun violence with a group of teenagers.

The actress was joined on stage by a group of teens related to the victims of shootings from places including San Bernardino, California; Newton, Connecticut; and Orlando, Florida.

"It keeps happening, and it has to stop," Alba said.

It was otherwise business as usual at the Teen Choice Awards as co-hosts John Cena and Victoria Justice engaged in goofy stunts and helped hand out surfboard-shaped trophies in categories honouring film, TV, music and social media.

Justin Timberlake was bestowed with the ceremony's version of a lifetime achievement award.

The singer-actor honoured the late boxer Muhammad Ali and imparted wisdom to the young crowd gathered at the Forum in Inglewood, California when accepting his award.

"As a relatively new dad and a former teen, I am here to say you will make mistakes along the way," he said.

"You will fall down. I have many times - even Ali did."

The fan-favourite ceremony kicked off with Cena and Justice respectively dressed as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The gender-bending bit wasn't just for laughs. The pair encouraged teens to register to vote.

Other silly stunts included the wrestler-actor and singer-actress engaging in a 30-second selfie challenge, as well as Justice and Laverne Cox, her co-star in a remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture," squirting Cena with water bottles.

This year's winners included social media star Cameron Dallas, "Captain America" star Chris Evans, "Pretty Little Liars," ''Teen Wolf," Grant Gustin, Chloe Grace Moretz and the Dolan twins.

The two-hour ceremony included performances by "Empire" actress Serayah, Charlie Puth, Flo Rida and Bebe Rexha.

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