The 2018 People’s Choice Awards went down Sunday (November 11th) sans host (Joel McHaledid the honors last year), but with plenty of presenters, including John Legend, Busy Philipps, Sara Gilbert and Chrissy Teigen.
Avengers: Infinity War won the biggest awards, including Movie, Action Movie and Female Movie Star honors. Nicki Minaj also cleaned up, reeling in trophies Female Artist and Album.
There were 43 awards up for grabs this year, including 13 newbies. The PCA’s sprawl across multiple genres, encompassing 6 TV, 10 movie, 9 music and 8 general pop culture.
Going in, Avengers: Infinity War had the most film nominations (7), while The Walking Dead topped the TV with 8. Ariana Grande owned music with 4 nods.
The mood overall was fun, but overshadowed by the tragic California wildfires. Many presenters and winners made sure to take a moment to thank Veterans for their service (Sunday was Veterans Day), and acknowledge the deadly California fires ripping through the landscape around them.
Mila Kunis, who accepted the first award for The Spy Who Dumped Me (it earned Best Comedy), set the tone for the evening when she discussed the horrific wildfires decimating California in her speech. She thanked fans, thanked first responders and urged viewers to give back: “We are in a state of emergency. You know, I have this opportunity and I want to say if you can take a minute to donate to the LASD Foundation it would be really, really great.”
Victoria Beckham, who nabbed the Fashion Icon Award, which was presented by catwalk legend and pal Amber Valletta, gave her heartfelt thanks to fans, saying “I always told fans to dream big, and then dream bigger,” and then riffed on Spice Girl lyrics, saying that her Girl Power has evolved into Woman Power. She continued: “For all the women out there who have been doubted, or doubted themselves, this award is for all of us.”
Melissa McCarthy, who snagged the People’s Icon Award, thanked fans for enabling her to do what she does. “Tonight, your collective voice matters,” she said, asking viewers to use their power to contribute to causes supporting victims of the California wildfires.
When The Voice won the award for Best Competition, Gwen Stefani ended up getting dragged up onstage for a sweet, but clearly unplanned and slightly awkward exchange with her fellow judge and lover, Blake Shelton.
Bryan Stevenson, who landed the People’s Champion Award for his activism and role in helping America come to terms with some of the less picture-perfect portions of its past, passionately spoke about the “great evil” of slavery and the endemic “narrative of racial difference” that has plagued America since its founding. He added that we need to “commit to end the hate,” racial discrimination and sexual violence that has resulted.
Nicki Minaj opened the show with Tyga to sing their collab, “Dip”, but their so-called “low-energy” performance was widely panned on Twitter, with many fans wondering if there was something wrong with the sound.
Rita Ora performed “Let You Love Me.”
John Legend performed U2’s “In the Name of Love.”
People’s Champion Award: Bryan Stevenson
Fashion Icon Award: Victoria Beckham
People’s Icon of 2018: Melissa McCarthy
Comedy Movie of 2018: The Spy Who Dumped Me
Movie of 2018: Avengers: Infinity War
Action Movie of 2018: Avengers: Infinity War
Male Movie Star of 2018: Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Female Movie Star of 2018: Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War
Action Movie Star of 2018: Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Show of 2018: Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Reality Show of 2018: Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Competition Show of 2018: The Voice
Male TV Star of 2018: Harry Shum Jr., Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Female TV Star of 2018: Katherine McNamara, Shadowhunters: The Moral Instruments
Nighttime Talk Show of 2018: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Sci-fi/Fantasy Show of 2018: Wynonna Earp
Female Artist of 2018: Nicki Minaj
Group of 2018: BTS
Country Artist of 2018: Blake Shelton
Album of 2018:Nicki Minaj, Queen
Beauty Influencer of 2018: James Charles
Animal Star of 2018: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
Comedy Act of 2018: Kevin Hart
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