The hottest stars on Fox TV’s Teen Choice 2007 Awards, August 26

Chart-topping Teen Choice music stars are set to rock the house at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical 2

Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon host the ninth annual Teen Choice 2007 Awards on Fox TV, Sunday, August 26 at 8 pm. And it’s a live broadcast (tape-delayed on the West coast), so anything can happen when the hottest stars show up to receive the coveted Teen Choice Surfboard awards. Duff says it’s the coolest award to get, “because you can actually use it to do something, like go surfing.”

On stage at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, this year awards will be handed out in such categories such as Choice Breakout TV Show, Choice Sidekick, Choice Rumble, Choice Rock Track and Choice Athlete. The Choice Chemistry award seems to be destine for the love-struck singing and dancing duo, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron, who have helped make the High School Musical franchise such a phenomena.

The Grammy-winning queen of cool, Fergie is set to perform “Big Girls  Don’t Cry,” from her double-platinum solo debut album “The Dutchess.” The “Fergalicious” singer who emerged from The Black Eyed Peas could capture two Surfboards awards this year for Choice Music: Female Artist and Choice Summer Artist.

Grammy-winning Kelly Clarkson will also perform her emotionally charged “Never Again,” which may win her a slick new Surfboard in the Choice Music: Payback Track category. Winning would be personally gratifying for the very first American Idol winner, who, after her initial album “Breakaway,” tried to breakaway from being pigeon-holed in the music industry. Clarkson fought to have control on her third album, “My December,” and the single “Never Again” is a result of her determination to make music her way.

Punk-pop dynamo Avril Lavigne will sing her hit single “Girlfriend,” which could get her a Surfboard for Choice Music Single. Lavigne’s “The Best Damn Thing,” which recently hit platinum status, is the follow-up to her album “Under My Skin.”

An amazing young talent, Lavigne released her debut album “Let Go” in 2002, when she was only 17 years old. That spawned the anthemia songs “Complicated,” “Sk8ter Boy” and “I’m With You.” She has recently branched out into acting, appearing in Fast Food Nation, and voicing a character in the animated movie Over the Hedge.

Along with handing out the super-cool Surfboard awards, huge wave of celebrities will be featured on the Teen Choice telecast. Among them, this year’s American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and host Ryan Seacrest.

Also, every man's dream girl Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox (Transformers), Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera), Lauren Conrad (The Hills), Anna Paquin (X-Men), Eve (Barbershop), Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck), Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights), Steve Carell (The Office), David Spade (The Showbiz Show with David Spade), Michael Cera and Jonah Hill (Superbad), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Game Plan), and musicians Bow Wow, Ashlee Simpson, Omarion and Sum 41 and The Jonas Brothers.

All are expected to enjoy the party atmosphere behind the scenes produced by Backstage Creations for the “Tiger Electronics Celebrity Retreat,” which will turn into the choice hangout place during the awards.

Frank Barron is the former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, having served twice in that capacity. In between, he was West Coast news director for Billboard Publications, supervising their five magazines. Barron also created the western TV series “The Man From Blackhawk” for the ABC network. For more than three decades he and writer-wife Margie Barron have covered Hollywood for Production Update magazine, and they currently contribute to numerous publications. Frank started in showbiz as publicity director for the KHJ radio and television station. Before moving to California, he was a sports editor in New Jersey.