“He was very special to me and also to the world and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful heart,” said Lea Michele tonight at the Teen Choice Awards of her boyfriend and Glee co-star Cory Monteith. Clearly tearing up, the actress appeared onstage in her first public appearance since Monteith’s death July 13 in a Vancouver BC hotel room to accept her actress in a TV comedy series award. “I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all of your love and support has meant to me over these very past difficult few weeks,” Michele told the crowd at LA’s Gibson Amphitheatre on Sunday.
A large picture of Monteith appeared on the screen behind Michele as she left the stage and took over the screen on the broadcast. Michele wore a necklace that spelled out the actor’s first name on the Fox broadcast ceremony, She wasn’t the only Glee cast member to dedicate an award to Monteith. “We know that Cory would have wanted us to dedicate this award to you guys,” said the show’s Jenna Ushkowitz as co-star Amber Riley stood next to her. The two were accepting the Teen Choice Award for best TV comedy Sunday. Fellow Glee star Darren Criss co-hosted the show along with Pretty Little Liars’ Lucy Hale.