People's Choice Awards

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People's Choice Awards
Current: 46th People's Choice Awards
Sponsored byProcter & Gamble (1982–2017)
E! (2018–present)
CountryUnited States
First awardedMarch 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
Website Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS (1975–2017)
E! (2018–present)

The People's Choice Awards (officially the E! People's Choice Awards since E! took it over in April 2017) is an American awards show, recognizing people in entertainment, voted online by the general public and fans. The show has been held annually since 1975,[1][2] with the winners originally determined using Gallup Polls until the switch to online voting in 2005.

The awards were created by Bob Stivers, who produced the first show in 1975.[3][4] The first awards recognized The Sting as Favorite Picture of 1974, Barbra Streisand as the year's Favorite Film Actress, and John Wayne as its Favorite Film Actor.[5] Ratings for the annual event peaked in 1977, when the third People's Choice Awards attracted 35.3 million viewers who witnessed Farrah Fawcett win the award for Favorite Female TV Star, Star Wars win as the Favorite Picture, and Streisand and Wayne win again in the Film Actress and Actor categories. So far, Ellen DeGeneres is the most awarded person, with a total of 20 awards.[6]

In 1982, Stiver sold the People's Choice Awards to Procter & Gamble Productions (P&G); under P&G, the ceremony was broadcast by CBS, and Procter & Gamble's brands held exclusive national advertising time across the entire telecast. In April 2017, the E! network announced that they had acquired the People's Choice Awards.[7][8] E! re-located the ceremony from its previous January scheduling to November, to reduce its proximity to the busier months of awards season. The ceremony is televised by E! and its international affiliates, with the network using an "end-to-end" experience to leverage its experience in covering other major awards shows.[9][10][11]


The award categories have varied over the years. For example, the 16th People's Choice Awards had categories including Favorite All-Around Movie (Batman), and both a Favorite Movie Actor (Tom Cruise) and a World Favorite Movie Actor (Dustin Hoffman). At the 23rd People's Choice Awards, Rob Reiner was named the People's Choice Awards Honoree. More recently, the 32nd People's Choice Awards (broadcast in January 2006) included categories such as Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers), Favorite Leading Lady (Reese Witherspoon), Favorite Tour (U2), and an award named after a Procter & Gamble brand: Nice 'n Easy Fans Favorite Hair (Faith Hill). In 2008, the People's Choice Awards introduced a new category: Favorite Sci-Fi Show. The nominees were Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, and Doctor Who. Stargate Atlantis was the first recipient of the award.

Poll-based awards[edit]

In the 20th century, the awards were based on results from Gallup polls. Each year, Gallup took a survey of different categories for favorite actor, actress, movie, artist, television program or group. The scope was unlimited—the public could choose whomever or whatever it liked. The results of the annual survey were announced in the form of the People's Choice Awards. Since polls have margins of error, many years' awards have had ties in at least one category, when Gallup declared that the voting was so close that a single winner could not be chosen. For instance, in 2003, both Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring were recognized as Favorite Motion Picture.

Switch to online voting[edit]

The winners of the 31st People's Choice Awards (on January 9, 2005) were decided by online voting rather than Gallup polls. The nominees submitted for Internet voting were selected using an unpublished process involving editors at Entertainment Weekly, the show's production team and a panel of pop culture fans.

The nominees for the 32nd People's Choice Awards were determined by the web research company Knowledge Networks, which took a nationally representative sample of men and women ages 18 to 54, with and without Internet access, to come up with the nominees. After being presented with a list of candidates determined by national ratings averages, box office grosses and album sales, they had the option to write in their favorites. Knowledge Networks recruits its panel by using a RDD phone recruitment method and provides a web TV and Internet access to households without Internet access enabling them to infer back to the entire population.

The nominees for the 2010 People's Choice Awards were determined by the media research company Visible Measures, which specializes in measuring Internet video audience behavior. The announcement of this partnership stated,

"For the first time ever, the People's Choice Awards has incorporated Internet video viewing data into the initial nominee selection process, depending on Visible Measures True Reach metrics to objectively measure online video popularity. [...] Visible Measures worked with the People's Choice Awards to determine each potential nominees' popularity on a True Reach basis, a unique measure of the total audience that has been exposed to an online video campaign – regardless of how widely the campaign spreads or where it appears. To measure True Reach, Visible Measures deploys a robust and patented set of technologies with the goal of capturing the universe of Internet video viewership data in near real-time."[12]

Past categories[edit]

These are some of the past categories for the People's Choice Awards:[13][14]

Current categories[edit]

The first ceremony in 1975 had 14 categories. In 2016, 74 categories were established.[16]

As of 2018, these are the current categories:[17][18]


  • Movie of the Year
  • Comedy Movie of the Year
  • Action Movie of the Year
  • Drama Movie of the Year
  • Family Movie of the Year
  • Drama Movie Star of the Year
  • Male Movie Star of the Year
  • Female Movie Star of the Year
  • Comedy Movie Star of the Year
  • Action Movie Star of the Year



  • Drama Show of the Year
  • Comedy Show of the Year
  • Revival Show of the Year
  • Reality Show of the Year
  • Competition Show of the Year
  • Male TV Star of the Year
  • Female TV Star of the Year
  • Drama TV Star of the Year
  • Comedy TV Star of the Year
  • Daytime Talk Show of the Year
  • Nighttime Talk Show of the Year
  • Competition Contestant of the Year
  • Reality TV Star of the Year
  • Bingeworthy Show of the Year
  • Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of the Year

Pop culture[edit]

  • Social Star of the Year
  • Beauty Influencer of the Year
  • Social Celebrity of the Year
  • Animal Star of the Year
  • Comedy Act of the Year
  • Style Star of the Year
  • Game Changer of the Year
  • Pop Podcast of the Year
  • Video Game of the Year


# Date Host # Date Host # Date Host
1st March 3, 1975 Army Archerd & Richard Crenna 21st March 5, 1995 Tim Daly & Annie Potts 41st January 7, 2015 Anna Faris & Allison Janney
2nd February 19, 1976 Jack Albertson 22nd March 10, 1996 Brett Butler 42nd January 6, 2016 Jane Lynch
3rd February 10, 1977 Dick Van Dyke 23rd January 12, 1997 Don Johnson & Roma Downey 43rd January 18, 2017 Joel McHale
4th February 20, 1978 N/A 24th January 11, 1998 Reba McEntire & Ray Romano 44th November 11, 2018 N/A
5th March 7, 1979 Army Archerd & Dick Van Dyke 25th January 13, 1999 Ray Romano 45th November 10, 2019
6th January 24, 1980 Mariette Hartley & Bert Parks 26th January 9, 2000 Don Johnson & Cheech Marin 46th November 15, 2020[19] Demi Lovato[20]
7th March 8, 1981 Army Archerd & Lee Remick 27th January 7, 2001 Kevin James
8th March 18, 1982 Army Archerd & John Forsythe 28th January 13, 2002
9th March 17, 1983 Dick Van Dyke 29th January 12, 2003 Tony Danza
10th March 15, 1984 Andy Williams 30th January 11, 2004 Charlie Sheen & Jon Cryer
11th March 12, 1985 John Forsythe 31st January 9, 2005 Jason Alexander & Malcolm Jamal Warner
12th March 13, 1986 John Denver 32nd January 10, 2006 Craig Ferguson
13th March 14, 1987 Dick Van Dyke 33rd January 9, 2007 Queen Latifah
14th March 13, 1988 Carl Reiner 34th January 8, 2008
15th August 23, 1989 Michael Landon & Michele Lee 35th January 7, 2009
16th March 11, 1990 Valerie Harper, Fred Savage, Army Archerd & Barbara Mandrell 36th January 6, 2010
17th March 11, 1991 Burt Reynolds 37th January 5, 2011
18th March 17, 1992 Kenny Rogers 38th January 11, 2012 Kaley Cuoco
19th March 17, 1993 John Ritter & Jane Seymour 39th January 9, 2013
20th March 8, 1994 Paul Reiser 40th January 8, 2014 Beth Behrs & Kat Dennings

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stillman, Josh (October 9, 2012). "Kaley Cuoco to host People's Choice Awards". CNN. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Lee, Chris (December 19, 2007). "People's Choice Awards: Strike Leaves Little Choice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bob Stivers; Producer of Celebrity Specials for TV". Los Angeles Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Bob Stivers, 66, Dies; Produced TV Specials". The New York Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "Past Nominees & Winners: 1975". People's Choice. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "People's Choice Awards 2017: Complete Winners List". Us Weekly. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  7. ^ Horgan, Richard (8 April 2017). "Procter & Gamble Says Goodbye to the People's Choice Awards". Adweek. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  8. ^ Brunsman, Barrett J. (April 6, 2017). "Here's why P&G just sold the People's Choice Awards program". Cincinnati Business Courier. Archived from the original on 2017-04-10. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2017-12-14). "People's Choice Awards Sets Premiere Date For Inaugural Telecast On E!". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-04-06). "People's Choice Awards Moves From CBS To E!". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  11. ^ Haring, Bruce (2018-09-24). "E! People's Choice Awards Finalists Set – Voting Open Through Oct. 19". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  12. ^ "Visible Measures Selected as Internet Video Measurement Partner for People's Choice Awards 2010". Shoot. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  13. ^ Motaski, Lauren (November 3, 2015). "People's Choice Awards 2016 Nominees Are Out". CBS. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  14. ^ "People's Choice Awards Nominees 2017 — Full List". Deadline. November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "People's Choice Awards Past Nominees & Winners: 2009". People's Choice Awards. Sycamore Productions Inc. Archived from the original on 28 December 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  16. ^ Lewis, Hilary. "People's Choice Awards: 'Captain America: Civil War,' Kevin Hart Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray. "FILM BREAKING NEWS E! People's Choice Awards Unveils New Categories; Opens Nomination Voting". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  18. ^ Macke, Johnni. "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "The 2020 "E! People's Choice Awards" to Air on Sunday, November 15 from 9-11 ET/PT". The Futon Critic. April 30, 2020.
  20. ^ "Multi-Platinum Singer/Songwriter Demi Lovato to Host the 2020 "E! People's Choice Awards"". The Futon Critic. October 27, 2020.

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