Lea Michele won the Choice Actress award for “Glee” at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards. But she spent most of her acceptance speech talking through tears about Cory Monteith. The result was one of the most truly touching moments in recent awards-show history.
The full text of Michele’s speech is below.
Thank you, guys.
I just wanted to be here today to personally thank all of you and tell everyone out there how much all your love and support has meant to me, over these past difficult few weeks. Not that I had any doubt before, but you guys are most certainly the best fans in the world.
I want to dedicate this award to Cory, for all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did. I promise, with your love, we’re going to get through this together. He was very special to me, and also to the world. We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart. So whether you knew him personally, or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and became a part of all of our hearts. So thank you guys, so much.