Lea Michele Dedicates Teen Choice Award to Cory Monteith

Actress also thanked fans for support in emotional first appearance since 'Glee' star's death

Lea Michele during the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Lea Michele released her first statement about the death of her boyfriend, Glee actor Cory Monteith, in late July, but her appearance at last night's Teen Choice Awards marked the first time anyone has seen the actress emotionally honor her lost love in public.

Michele stepped onstage in a pink dress and dedicated her award for best actress in a TV comedy to Monteith, who died from a drug overdose in July, reports The Associated Press

"For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we're gonna get through this together. He was very special to me and also to the world," said Michele. "We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart so whether you know him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts."

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Other Glee cast members took the opportunity to remember Monteith at the show, as well. 

"Although we lost someone that we really love and that you guys love too we are very fortunate to come back to a show where we feel the love of family and Cory was like a brother to us," said Amber Reilly. 

Other winners at the Teen Choice Awards included Pitch Perfect, which received awards for comedy, actor in a comedy (Skylar Astin) and actress in a comedy (Rebel Wilson). Music award winners included Demi Lovato for female artist and One Direction for music group.