It was a star-studded night on Sunday as the 44th annual People’s Choice Awards (PCAs) took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The PCAs were acquired by E! in April 2017 and are now known as E! People’s Choice Awards.
In order to separate itself from other top-notch events, the date for the award night was shifted from January to November. A smart move, considering that it meant more stars would be able to attend the celebrations rather than just drag on from one glamorous night to the next.
The ceremony stands out from the rest because the fans decide how it will all go down. People vote online and get to pick which of their favorite celebrities will be honored on the night. The 43 award categories encompass fan favorites from film, music, fashion, TV, pop culture and digital.
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Busy Philipps, Will Ferrell and more were presenting at the ceremony. The event was graced by the presence of several of our favorites. Legend, Rita Ora and Niki Minaj performed live at the event as well.
Avengers: Infinity War boasted 7 nominations and the most nominated musician for the night was Ariana Grande with 4 nods.
Nicki Minaj kicked off the show with her performance of “Good Form” from her album Queen. It was a big night for the singer/rapper as she took home album of the year for the same album and was also honored with the award for female artist of the year. Kat Graham and Lil Rel Howery presented Niki with the honor.
Victoria Beckham arrived looking classy as always in a white suit from her own fashion collection. Amber Valletta presented the former Posh Spice with the People’s Fashion Icon 2018 Award.
Melissa McCarthy, the charming comedic genius, was honored with the People’s Icon of 2018 Award.
John Legend took the stage and presented Bryan Stevenson with the people’s champion award for his efforts and dedication to eradicate racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. Bryan is a lawyer, professor, author and activist who also founded the Equal Justice Initiative.
Stevenson took this opportunity to talk about prevalent issues in the U.S and said, “Slavery did not end in 1865. It turned into decades of terrorism and violence.” He talked about being hopeful and letting go of hate.
E! People’s Choice Awards 2018
The summer blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War won action movie of the year and took home the award for Movie of 2018. It was a cause for celebration for the all those involved in bringing the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life. The public clearly appreciates the effort that went into bringing such a major project into fruition.
Incredibles 2 won Family Movie of 2018 Award. Drama Movie of 2018 went to Fifty Shades Freed.
Marvel stars received a lot of love on Sunday night. Sara Gilbert and Johnny Galecki presented Scarlett Johansson with the award for Female Movie Star of 2018 for her role in Avengers: Infinity War. Johansson dedicated her award to her fans.
Male Movie Star of 2018 was awarded to Chadwick Boseman for his performance in Black Panther. The star was not present at the ceremony but sent in an acceptance video expressing his gratitude.
Danai Gurira won Action Movie Star of 2018. Susan Kelechi Watson and Aly Raisman presented the Black Panther actress with her award. She said, “Thank you – or as we say in Wakanda, N’cos.”
Favorite Comedic Movie 2018 went to The Spy Who Dumped Me. John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell presented the award and Mila Kunis accepted it on behalf of the cast and crew.
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments made big waves in the E! People’s Choice Awards 2018 by winning Show of 2018. Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens presented the award to the winners. Comedy Show of 2018 went to Orange Is the New Black and Riverdale was honored with drama show of year award.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show received the Daytime Talk Show of 2018 Award whereas The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon won the award for Nighttime Talk Show of 2018. Fallon went on stage to thank the show’s fans and said that he and everyone else behind the show just want to see people laugh and enjoy themselves.
The Voice snagged the award for competition show of the year. Blake Shelton and Carson Daly went on stage to accept the award on behalf of the show.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians won in the reality show category. Chrissy Teigen presented the award to Kim Kardashian West. In her acceptance speech she brought attention to the California fires and Thousand Oaks shooting dominion mall, saying that both of these incidents devastated her community.
Taran Killam presented Katherine McNamara with the female TV star award for her role on Shadowhunters. The actress was grateful to the show’s fans and appreciated their love and support.
Harry Shum Jr. received the Male TV Star of 2018 Award for Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. While accepting the honor, he mentioned that he loves going through fan mail and learning about the different ways the characters from the show have impacted the audience.
Mariska Hargitay won Drama TV Star of 2018 for her performance in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Comedy TV Star of 2018 went to Jim Parsons for his role as the adorkable know-it-all, Sheldon Cooper, in The Big Bang Theory
Moving on to the music category, Sabrina Carpenter presented the Group of 2018 Award to BTS. They sent in an acceptance video thanking their fans. The K-Pop group also won Song of 2018 for their smash hit: “Idol” and also snagged Social Celebrity of 2018. This just goes to show two things: the BTS Army means serious business and the band has established themselves as a global sensation.
Next up in the country music category, Blake Shelton won the award for country artist. Shawn Mendes took home the Male Artist of 2018 Award and Taylor Swift won the Concert Tour of 2018 Award for her Reputation Tour.
Pop Culture Awards
The E! People’s Choice Awards also honored Shane Dawson who took YouTube by storm with his 8-part documentary series on the controversial YouTube star, Jake Paul. Shane was awarded with the trophy for Social Media Star of 2018.
Additionally, Kevin Hart won Comedy Act of 2018 and Harry Styles won Style Star of 2018.
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