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The People's Choice Awards, an event that pits famouses against each other in 65 highly specific categories ranging from "Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress" to "Favorite Mobile Game," returns this Wednesday. Never watched the People's Choice Awards? Think of it like the adultified version of awards shows like Kids' and Teens' Choice, or the MTV VMAs.
It may be too late to affect the results (voting opened November 3rd and closed on December 3rd), but there are a few reasons worth watching. Firstly, as one of the initial major movie and television events of the 2016 awards season, it acts as a warm-up for what's to come in bigger awards like the Golden Globes and the Oscars. What will everyone be wearing on the Oscars red carpet? Perhaps a fancified iteration of what they wore to the People's Choice!
Secondly, it's one of the awards shows that brings together celebrities from multiple categories, whether A-list big screen actors or boy bands or the requisite "social media stars." Who knows if they'll actually show up, but among this years nominees are Meryl Streep, Rihanna, Hillary Duff, Matt LeBlanc, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and Ariana's brother Frankie Grande. If you're not even a little bit curious as to what a room looks like with all of these people in it at once, then perhaps the People's Choice Awards are not for you. For the rest of us, here's how to watch:
Jane Lynch will host this year's show, presumably minus her most famous character's signature track suit. Awards presenters include Britney Spears, Dakota Johnson, Gina Rodriguez, John Stamos, Lea Michelle, Jack Black, Maddie Ziegler, Mayim Bialik, Meghan Trainor, Natalie Dormer, Priyanka Chopra, and the Pink Ladies of Grease: Live, who are Carly Rae Jepsen, Keke Palmer, and Vanessa Hudgens. See the full list here.
Musicians Shawn Mendes and Jason Derulo will both perform at the event.
Among this year's 65 categories (new for 2016: Favorite Social Media Star, Favorite Streaming Series, and Favorite Social Media Celebrity) are Favorite Movie Actor (Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., and Will Smith), Favorite Movie Actress (Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy, Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and Scarlett Johansson), Favorite Comedic Movie Actor (Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, and Will Ferrell), and Favorite Comedic Movie Actress (Amy Schumer, Anna Kendrick, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, and Sofia Vergara). There are also categories for late night hosts, animated movie voices, television shows, and reality competition shows.
Over in the music business, there'll be the usual suspects like Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, One Direction, and Drake, plus relative newcomers like Fetty Wap and Halsey. They'll compete in categories like Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Breakout Artist, and Favorite Song.
See the full list of nominees here.
How to Watch
9 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST.
Though the event will be held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, viewers can watch it live on CBS.