He danced, he clutched his bling, but could he rap? Apparently the answer is yes. Britney Spears' hubby Kevin Federline capped off the eighth annual Teen Choice Awards on Sunday with an enthusiastic version of his single "Lose Control" — his first time performing on network television.
It wasn't genius, but it wasn't half bad either.
The bigger surprise, however, came in the form of pregnant presenter Spears, who wore a cleavage-baring dress, and introduced her "man" onstage with a shout and a giggle.
"This show has been very good to me and my career over the years. And I'm hoping that it will be as good to our next performer," she said.
In a loose white shirt and white hat, Federline prowled and jumped around the stage, surrounded by young dancers.
"I ain't here to brag," he rapped in a tough-guy style.
"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul, when asked before the show what advice she would give the 28-year-old singer and rapper, didn't hesitate.
"Do what you gotta do and have fun," she said.
Federline, who married Spears in 2004, is expected to release his debut hip-hop album "Playing With Fire" in August. The tabloid-popular couple have an infant son, Sean Preston, and they are expecting their second child.
With celebrities sweating in the late summer heat, the show's mood was light, and clothing sparse.
Hosts Jessica Simpson and comedian Dane Cook jump-started the broadcast, aired live on Fox from the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, with riffs on nominees including "Pirates of the Caribbean."
Votes were cast by fans on various online sites for the hottest celebrities in television, music, fashion, sports and film.
Reese Witherspoon, who won best actress in a drama for her role in "Walk the Line," said backstage that her surfboard-shaped green and yellow award was going to her daughter.
"I love the younger fans," said Witherspoon, who spent the summer hanging out with her kids.
Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, who won for best movie liplock for their long smooch in "The Lake House," joked backstage about their first respective kisses.
"I started out young. I was making out at 9 years old like a bandit," said Bullock, who added that she "didn't like being a teenager at all."
Girlish screams welcomed the handsome duo of Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp, who each snagged an award for their swashbuckling parts in "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," which picked up seven honors.
Even potentially uncomfortable moments were smudged with humor.
"I just want to start off by saying, awkward, a little bit," said Nick Lachey, who won choice love song for "What's Left of Me," his top-selling number recreating his publicized breakup with Simpson.
Performers other than Federline included breakout female musician winner Rihanna and V Cast Music winner Nelly Furtado, who donned snug-fitting jeans and a spangly black top to sing her hit song "Promiscuous" with producer Timbaland.
"If you truly want to be hot, be yourself," said choice hottie winner Jessica Alba.