'N Sync went home with four boards and Spears nabbed two, one for Choice Female Artist and another for Choice Hottie ? an honor she shared with fellow teen dream Justin Timberlake. In accepting their awards, the rumored-to-be-dating duo teased the audience by leaning in for a kiss. Alas, they pulled away at the last minute.
'N Sync scored awards for Choice Single ("Bye Bye Bye"), Choice Music Video and Song of the Summer ("It's Gonna Be Me.") Timberlake was joined onstage with bandmates Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez (Joey Fatone and Lance Bass were no-shows). Suddenly Susan's Kathy Griffin, who was a presenter, confessed: "I don't like to admit that I like some of the music represented here today, but I kinda do a little bit."
Although 'N Sync didn't perform, a medley of their tunes was sung during the opening by a group of five energetic senior citizens known as Old-Town, a spoof on ABC's Making the Band. The gang took the stage in flashy outfits and wowed the audience with some of the boy band's trademark dance moves. 'N Sync approved of the gag, as they gave the geriatric gents a standing ovation. Meanwhile, the real cast of Making the Band showed up hoping to collect honors for Choice Breakout Show, but the WB's Popular, proved, um, more popular.
In the movie arena, Jim Carrey dressed in full teenager regalia, complete with cargo shorts, backwards baseball cap, Grinch T-shirt, braces and lifelike acne ? picked up an award for best Wipeout of the Summer for the scene in Me, Myself & Irene in which he wrestled with a cow. "I'm just really happy that I'm their God," Carrey said backstage in surferspeak, adding that he nominated Spears for president.
Freddie Prinze Jr. became a four-time Teen Choice winner when he scooped up the award for Choice Movie Actor for Down to You. Referring to his main squeeze, Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar (who picked up her own award as Choice TV Actress), Prinze proclaimed that he was "with the most beautiful girl here." Other film favorites included Julia Roberts, who won Choice Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich, and The Sixth Sense and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, which were named Choice Drama and Comedy respectively.
Scream 3's Courteney Cox-Arquette and David Arquette beat American Pie's Jason Biggs and "the Pie" for best Movie Chemistry. Cox-Arquette's Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow, meanwhile, picked up the award for Choice Hissy Fit for her tirade in the big-screen stinker Hanging Up. "I finally got an award I deserve," the actress joked.
Shawn and Marlon Wayans were on hand to accept the trophy for Scary Movie, which was named Movie of the Summer, and Mike Myers was singled out as Choice Sleazebag for his icky portrayal of Fat Bastard in Austin Powers. Tom Green was deemed Choice Liar for his role in Road Trip.
TV winners included Dawson's Creek as Choice TV Drama (series star James Van Der Beek accepted) and Friends as Choice Comedy. MTV's Carson Daly was voted Choice Personality, Will & Grace's Sean Hayes was chosen Choice Sidekick and Dawson's Creek hunk Joshua Jackson was named Choice TV Actor.
As the show came to a close, Griffin best summed up the mood of the evening. "Teens are taking over the goddamned world!" The Teen Choice Awards 2000, voted by readers of Seventeen, airs Aug. 22 on Fox.