People’s Choice Awards Preview
The public’s favorite artists will be announced at the 38th People’s Choice Awards (PCA) ceremony on Wednesday, January 11 at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A.
Kaley Cuoco, the host of this year’s show, also has the honor of being nominated for Favorite TV Comedy Actress for her role in “The Big Bang Theory,” which is also up for the Favorite Network TV Comedy award.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of the People’s Choice Awards,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “I’m looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is certain to receive a few nods as it leads with nine nominations, including one in the Favorite Movie category, which contends with Bridesmaids, The Help, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Pop artist Katy Perry already feels the love, receiving seven nominations for her music, movie and TV work this past year. She is nominated for Favorite Animated Movie Voice for playing Smurfette in The Smurfs; Favorite TV Guest Star for her appearance in How I Met Your Mother; Favorite Female Artist; Favorite Song of the Year for “E.T.” featuring Kanye West; Favorite Pop Artist; Favorite Music Video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.);” and Favorite Tour Headliner. Perry faces fierce competition for the Favorite Female Artist award, contending with Adele, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. The FOX musical Glee tied Perry, also receiving seven nominations.
With Breaking Dawn: Part 1 topping the box office for weeks, it is no surprise that nominations also went to its stars: Robert Pattinson was nominated for Favorite Movie Actor and Taylor Lautner for Favorite Action Movie Star. More mature actors also received the approval of the viewers, who nominated Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston for Favorite Movie Actress, and acting giants George Clooney, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Robert DeNiro and Tom Hanks for Favorite Movie Icon.
This year’s festivities have a little bit of Latin flavor with Cuban rapper Pitbull nominated as Favorite Hip Hop Artist, along with B.O.B, Eminem, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj. Bruno Mars, an artist with Puerto Rican roots, and Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias are both nominated in the Favorite Male Artist category along with Eminem, Justin Bieber and country artist Blake Shelton
This will be the 38th celebration of the awards, which according to Fred Nelson, President of People’s Choice, are meant to “reflect the constantly changing popular culture.” The fans’ “passion for entertainment is the heart and soul of the People’s Choice Awards,” he added.
Dena Burroughs lives in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. She is also the LA Arts Examiner.