Watch Ellen DeGeneres' Moving Teen Choice Awards Speech
DeGeneres took the moment in the spotlight to talk about the importance of celebrating individuality and breaking the mold.
"It feels good to be chosen, but there was a time in my life where I was the opposite of being chosen," she said. "What makes you different right now makes you stand out later in life so you should be proud for being different."
In true Ellen fashion, the comedian added in some humor to make for a lighthearted but moving acceptance speech.
"They say that teens make bad decisions, but you made a very good decision tonight choosing me," DeGeneres joked.
Switching gears to a more crucial note, DeGeneres encouraged the young crowd to make the choice to be different and to remind them that "fitting in is really not all that matters."
The awards show happened to fall on the evening of DeGeneres' seventh wedding anniversary to her wife, actress Portia Di Rossi. She finished the speech by giving a shout-out to Di Rossi on their special day. "What an amazing day this is ... this is my seven year wedding anniversary."
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