The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full support behind the hit series Empire, honored late Furious 7 star Paul Walker and paid homage to a respected elder: Britney Spears.

The two-hour teen celebration, broadcast, kicked off with a victory lap for the weekend box-office hit Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube and the young stars of the N.W.A biopic, which earned an estimated $56.1 million over the weekend, welcomed the young crowd to Los Angeles' Galen Center.

Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, the rapper and Furious 7 co-star, was one of three hosts, alongside Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and actor Josh Peck.

Gina Rodriguez and Josh Peck speak onstage at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Gina Rodriguez and Josh Peck speak onstage at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Bridges' film, one of year's biggest big-screen hits, was one of the night's top winners, winning best action movie and best actor in an action-adventure for the late Paul Walker.

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"Paul Walker is here in spirit with us," said Vin Diesel, a star in the street racing franchise. He applauded a "special, special" teen in the crowd: Walker's daughter Meadow.

The Teen Choice Awards spread awards across movies, music, TV, fashion, sports and digital media, celebrating the favorites - from Channing Tatum to Wiz Khalifa to Stephen Curry (all winners Sunday) - of one of media's most powerful demographics.

Wiz Khalifa and Michelle Rodriguez present the award for choice TV: breakout show at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Wiz Khalifa and Michelle Rodriguez present the award for choice TV: breakout show at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

As a pop star, Spears was a regular at the Teen Choice Awards, collecting its trademark trophies - surfboards - many times over the years, including its version of a lifetime achievement award in 2009.

Spears, her blonde hair partially dyed blue and purple, was honored for being a style icon. She dedicated the award to her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and niece Lexie, who were in the audience.

Lea Michele poses with the award for choice TV actress: comedy for Glee at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Lea Michele poses with the award for choice TV actress: comedy for Glee at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

The Teen Choice Awards' new reigning powerhouse, One Direction, landed eight awards, bringing their "lifetime" total to 23. The British boy band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video.

Gabourey Sidibe of the Empire cast performs at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / Getty Images
Gabourey Sidibe of the Empire cast performs at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / Getty Images

The hip-hop drama Empire won breakout TV show and provided one of the show's most memorable moments. While Jussie Smollett and Yazz performed You're So Beautiful, a song from the series, the show's Gabourey Sidibe made a surprise cameo, exuberantly dancing among the back-up dancers.

Ellen DeGeneres accepts the choice comedian award at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Ellen DeGeneres accepts the choice comedian award at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Ellen DeGeneres won for best comedian. Adding a Teen Choice Award to her People's Choice Award, DeGeneres requested awards from other age groups: the elderly and babies.

Lea Michele, Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer present the award for choice movie at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Lea Michele, Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer present the award for choice movie at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Several awards went to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, including best actor in a sci-fi or fantasy for Josh Hutcherson. He reflected on the end of the franchise, with this fall's Mockingjay, Part 2, like a coming graduation.

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Josh Hutcherson poses in the press room with the award for choice movie actor: sci-fi/fantasy for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Josh Hutcherson poses in the press room with the award for choice movie actor: sci-fi/fantasy for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1 at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

"Hunger Games has been a huge part of my life for almost five years now. It's coming to an end and it's really sad," said Hutcherson. "So if we want to cry together, we can do that because it breaks my heart."

Celebrities walk the blue carpet of the Teen Choice Awards:

Rita Ora

Rita Ora arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Rita Ora arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

John Stamos

John Stamos arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
John Stamos arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

5 Seconds of Summer

Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood, of 5 Seconds of Summer, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood, of 5 Seconds of Summer, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Jason Derulo

Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Jason Derulo arrives at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

Fifth Harmony

Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello, of Fifth Harmony, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
Lauren Jauregui, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen, Normani Kordei and Camila Cabello, of Fifth Harmony, arrive at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

The Janoskians

The Janoskians arrive wearing body painted suits at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP
The Janoskians arrive wearing body painted suits at the Teen Choice Awards. Photo / AP

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