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E! People's Choice Awards
44th People's Choice Awards
Sponsored byProcter & Gamble (former, 1975–2017)
CountryUnited States
First awardedMarch 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
Websitehttp://peopleschoice.com Edit this on Wikidata
Television/radio coverage
NetworkCBS (1975–2017)
E! (2018–)

The E! People's Choice Awards, formerly known as the People's Choice Awards, is an American awards show, recognizing the people and the work of popular culture, voted on by the general public. The show has been held annually since 1975.[1][2]


The People's Choice 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; 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]

In December 2017, E! announced that the presentation would also move from early-January to November (with the 44th edition scheduled for November 11, 2018), so that it will no longer be part of the dense January month of the traditional awards season. The ceremony will be televised by E! and its international affiliates, with the network planning an "end-to-end" experience that will leverage its experience in covering other 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, 65 categories were established.[15]

As of 2018, these are the current categories:[16][17]


  • 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



  • Show 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


1stMarch 3, 1975Army Archerd
Richard Crenna
21stMarch 5, 1995Tim Daly
Annie Potts
41stJanuary 7, 2015Anna Faris
Allison Janney
2ndFebruary 19, 1976Jack Albertson22ndMarch 10, 1996Brett Butler42ndJanuary 6, 2016Jane Lynch
3rdFebruary 10, 1977Dick Van Dyke23rdJanuary 12, 1997Don Johnson
Roma Downey
43rdJanuary 18, 2017Joel McHale
4thFebruary 20, 197824thJanuary 11, 1998Reba McEntire
Ray Romano
44thNovember 11, 2018
5thMarch 7, 1979Army Archerd
Dick Van Dyke
25thJanuary 13, 1999Ray Romano
6thJanuary 24, 1980Mariette Hartley
Bert Parks
26thJanuary 9, 2000Don Johnson
Cheech Marin
7thMarch 8, 1981Army Archerd
Lee Remick
27thJanuary 7, 2001Kevin James
8thMarch 18, 1982Army Archerd
John Forsythe
28thJanuary 13, 2002
9thMarch 17, 1983Dick Van Dyke29thJanuary 12, 2003Tony Danza
10thMarch 15, 1984Andy Williams30thJanuary 11, 2004Charlie Sheen
Jon Cryer
11thMarch 12, 1985John Forsythe31stJanuary 9, 2005Jason Alexander
Malcolm Jamal Warner
12thMarch 13, 1986John Denver32ndJanuary 10, 2006Craig Ferguson
13thMarch 14, 1987Dick Van Dyke33rdJanuary 9, 2007Queen Latifah
14thMarch 13, 1988Carl Reiner34thJanuary 8, 2008
15thAugust 23, 1989Michael Landon
Michele Lee
35thJanuary 7, 2009
16thMarch 11, 1990Valerie Harper
Fred Savage
Army Archerd
Barbara Mandrell
36thJanuary 6, 2010
17thMarch 11, 1991Burt Reynolds37thJanuary 5, 2011
18thMarch 17, 1992Kenny Rogers38thJanuary 11, 2012Kaley Cuoco
19thMarch 17, 1993John Ritter
Jane Seymour
39thJanuary 9, 2013
20thMarch 8, 1994Paul Reiser40thJanuary 8, 2014Beth 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. ^ Lewis, Hilary. "People's Choice Awards: 'Captain America: Civil War,' Kevin Hart Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  16. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray. "FILM BREAKING NEWS E! People's Choice Awards Unveils New Categories; Opens Nomination Voting". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2018. line feed character in |title= at position 5 (help)
  17. ^ Macke, Johnni. "2018 People's Choice Awards: Complete List of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved September 5, 2018.

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