The 42nd People’s Choice Awards (2016)

Welcome to our coverage of the 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards — the show where the fans get to vote and the winners already know they've won yet act surprised anyway. The ceremony took place on January 6th, 2016.

9:01 PM

Host Jane Lynch opens the show with a song and dance routine set to the tune of Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance."

9:04 PM

"I can sing and dance...I'm like a slightly more masculine Neil Patrick Harris," says Lynch after the number.

9:05 PM

The first presenters of the night are Jack Black and Kate Hudson. They're presenting Favorite Comedic Movie Actress. And the People's Choice Award goes to Melissa McCarthy. As she takes to the stage we're told she's also won Comedic TV Actress as well. Just a reminder, there's no suspense in this show as they're told ahead of time.

9:10 PM

Jane pretends to give an award to Thomas Lennon but then realizes she made a mistake and the real winner was Miss Columbia. Poor Steve Harvey will never live down his Miss Universe mistake.

9:11 PM

Christina Milian and Chris D'Elia now present Breakout Artist. And the People's Choice Award goes to Shawn Mendes.

9:18 PM

The girls from Fox's Grease Live are out to present Favorite Album. And the People's Choice Award goes to Meghan Trainor.

9:20 PM

Lea Michelle and Adam DeVine. They're doing the task of handing out Favorite Action Movie Actor. And the People's Choice Award goes to Chris Hemsworth.

9:26 PM

As we come back from commercial, we're told Favorite Cable TV Actress has gone to Sasha Alexander and she gets the award given to her in her seat without a chance to speak. Melissa Benoist then introduces Shown Mendes performing a medley of his hits or as I loke to call it, a mute break.

9:31 PM

James Corden pitches awards to Jane that are specifically designed to make him win.

9:33 PM

Natalie Dormer and Ed Westwick are out next to present Favorite Dramatic TV Actor. And the People's Choice Award goes to Taylor Kinney.

9:41 PM

Jane Lynch, wearing angel wings to promote her new show, Angel from Hell. The winners of Favorite Actor and Actress In A New TV Series, John Stamos and Priyanka Chopra, are presenting Favorite Movie. And the People's Choice Award goes to Furious 7. We're also told it won Favorite Action Movie. Vin Diesel accepts on behalf of the franchise. His speech goes on for what feels like a few days.

9:51 PM

Abigail Spencer and Josh Holloway then present Favorite Cable TV Drama. And the People's Choice Award goes to Pretty Little Liars.

9:56 PM

"I'm Jane Lynch, the Taylor Swift of 1960," says Lynch as she talks about the gift bag...which turns out to be Sandra Bullock's handbag.

9:57 PM

Code Black's Marcia Gay Harden and Raza Jaffrey announce the nominees for Favorite Movie Actress. Which of course goes to Sandra Bullock. Because she's there. Because she knew. See how this works?

Marcia and Raza now present Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor. And the People's Choice Award goes to Johnny Depp. Depp strolls out to accept.

10:04 PM

Shemar Moore's out next and says, "How am I supposed to follow Johnny Depp?" He talks about tonight's Favorite Humanitarian, Ellen DeGeneres, before introducing Melissa McCarthy to present it to her.

10:11 PM

Ellen takes to the stage to accept the award. "This is crazy, but so deserved," she jokes. "It's strange to get an award for being generous and nice."

10:20 PM

As we come back from commerical we're told that Matt Bellassai is the Favorite Social Media Star, but his on camera moment is ruined by a woman returning to her seat in front of him and the camera focusing on the wrong guy. Meagan Good then introduces a performance by Jason Derulo.

10:25 PM

Alison Brie and Leslie Mann talk about fake tears and then present Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress. And the People's Choice Award goes to Dakota Johnson.

10:31 PM

Nia Long and Mike Epps are presenting Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team. And the People's Choice Award goes to The Talk. As Sara Gilbert starts her speech, an unidentified man jumps up onstage and grabs the microphone and mumbles something while Sheryl Underwood chides him and Sharon Osbourne gives him the finger, prompting the cameras to quickly cut away.

10:39 PM

As we come back from commercial, were told that Maddie Ziegler is the winner of The Seriously Popular™ Award and Jane Lynch announces The Voice has won Favorite Competition TV Show before introducing a performance by the winner of the most recent Voice, Jordan Smith.

10:43 PM

Amber Valetta and Maggie Lawson present Favorite Premium Cable TV Show. And the People's Choice Award goes to Homeland.

10:49 PM

Betsy Brandt and Colin Hanks from Life in Pieces are here to present Favorite Network TV Comedy. And the People's Choice Award goes to The Big Bang Theory. As the cast takes to the stage, we hear that Jim Parsons has won Favorite Comedic TV Actor.

10:54 PM

Presenting tonight's final award, we have Clark Gregg and Ming-Na Wen. They're presenting Favorite Network TV Drama. And the People's Choice Award goes to Grey’s Anatomy. We're also told that Ellen Pompeo has won Favorite Dramatic TV Actress.

10:57 PM

Jane Lynch bids us all goodnight.

Here are the nominees and winners:

Favorite Humanitarian

  • Ellen DeGeneres


Favorite Movie

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Furious 7
  • Inside Out
  • Jurassic World
  • Pitch Perfect 2

Favorite Movie Actor

  • Channing Tatum
  • Chris Pratt
  • Johnny Depp
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Will Smith

Favorite Movie Actress

  • Anne Hathaway
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Meryl Streep
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Action Movie

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Divergent Series: Insurgent
  • Furious 7
  • Jurassic World
  • Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Favorite Action Movie Actor

  • Chris Hemsworth
  • Chris Pratt
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Vin Diesel

Favorite Action Movie Actress

  • Charlize Theron
  • Emily Blunt
  • Michelle Rodriguez
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Shailene Woodley

Favorite Animated Movie Voice

  • Adam Sandler
  • Amy Poehler
  • Rihanna
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Selena Gomez

Favorite Comedic Movie

  • The DUFF
  • Pitch Perfect 2
  • Spy
  • Ted 2
  • Trainwreck

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor

  • Jack Black
  • Kevin Hart
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Robert De Niro
  • Will Ferrell

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress

  • Amy Schumer
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Rebel Wilson
  • Sofia Vergara

Favorite Dramatic Movie

  • The Age of Adaline
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Longest Ride
  • The Martian
  • Straight Outta Compton

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor

  • Channing Tatum
  • George Clooney
  • Johnny Depp
  • Matt Damon
  • Will Smith

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress

  • Blake Lively
  • Dakota Johnson
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Kate Winslet
  • Rachel McAdams

Favorite Family Movie

  • Cinderella
  • Home
  • Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Inside Out
  • Minions

Favorite Thriller Movie

  • The Boy Next Door
  • Insidious: Chapter 3
  • Poltergeist
  • Taken 3
  • Unfriended


Favorite TV Show

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Game of Thrones
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Voice
  • The Walking Dead

Favorite Network TV Comedy

  • 2 Broke Girls
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Mike & Molly
  • Modern Family
  • New Girl

Favorite Comedic TV Actor

  • Andy Samberg
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  • Jim Parsons
  • Johnny Galecki
  • Matthew Perry

Favorite Comedic TV Actress

  • Anna Faris
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Sofía Vergara
  • Zooey Deschanel

Favorite Network TV Drama

  • Empire
  • Gotham
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • How To Get Away With Murder
  • Scandal

Favorite Dramatic TV Actor

  • Jesse Williams
  • Justin Chambers
  • Scott Foley
  • Taylor Kinney
  • Terrence Howard

Favorite Dramatic TV Actress

  • Ellen Pompeo
  • Kerry Washington
  • Sara Ramirez
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Viola Davis

Favorite Cable TV Comedy

  • Baby Daddy
  • Faking It
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood
  • Young & Hungry

Favorite Cable TV Drama

  • Bates Motel
  • The Fosters
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Rizzoli & Isles
  • Suits

Favorite Cable TV Actor

  • Adam DeVine
  • Christian Slater
  • Eric Dane
  • Kevin Hart
  • Taye Diggs

Favorite Cable TV Actress

  • Ashley Benson
  • Hilary Duff
  • Lucy Hale
  • Sasha Alexander
  • Shay Mitchell

Favorite Premium Cable TV Show

  • Girls
  • Homeland
  • Masters of Sex
  • Shameless
  • Veep

Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor

  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Joshua Jackson
  • Justin Theroux
  • Matt LeBlanc
  • Nick Jonas

Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress

  • Claire Danes
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Kristen Bell
  • Lisa Kudrow

Favorite TV Crime Drama

  • Bones
  • Castle
  • Criminal Minds
  • NCIS
  • Person of Interest

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor

  • Jim Caviezel
  • LL Cool J
  • Mark Harmon
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Shemar Moore

Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress

  • Emily Deschanel
  • Lucy Liu
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Pauley Perrette
  • Stana Katic

Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

  • Arrow
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Supernatural
  • The Vampire Diaries

Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

  • American Horror Story
  • Game of Thrones
  • Outlander
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Walking Dead

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor

  • David Tennant
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Jensen Ackles
  • Misha Collins
  • Sam Heughan

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress

  • Caitriona Balfe
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Jennifer Morrison
  • Lady Gaga

Favorite Competition TV Show

  • America’s Got Talent
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • MasterChef
  • The Voice

Favorite Daytime TV Host

  • Dr. Oz
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Rachael Ray
  • Steve Harvey
  • Wendy Williams

Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team

  • Good Morning America
  • Live with Kelly and Michael
  • The Talk
  • Today
  • The View

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host

  • Conan O’Brien
  • James Corden
  • Jimmy Fallon
  • Jimmy Kimmel
  • Stephen Colbert

Favorite Streaming Series

  • House of Cards
  • The Mindy Project
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Transparent
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Favorite Actor In A New TV Series

  • Chace Crawford
  • John Stamos
  • Josh Peck
  • Rob Lowe
  • Zachary Levi

Favorite Actress In A New TV Series

  • Emma Roberts
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Lea Michele
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • Priyanka Chopra

Favorite Animated TV Show

  • American Dad!
  • Bob’s Burger
  • Family Guy
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park

Favorite New TV Comedy

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Dr. Ken
  • Grandfathered
  • The Grinder
  • Life in Pieces
  • The Muppets
  • Scream Queens
  • Truth Be Told

Favorite New TV Drama

  • Blindspot
  • Blood & Oil
  • Code Black
  • Heroes Reborn
  • Limitless
  • Minority Report
  • The Player
  • Quantico
  • Rosewood
  • Supergirl
  • Wicked City


Favorite Male Artist

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Justin Bieber
  • Luke Bryan
  • Nick Jonas
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Female Artist

  • Demi Lovato
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Madonna
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Group

  • Fall Out Boy
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Maroon 5
  • One Direction

Favorite Breakout Artist

  • Fetty Wap
  • Halsey
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Tori Kelly
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Male Country Artist

  • Blake Shelton
  • Brad Paisley
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Keith Urban
  • Luke Bryan

Favorite Female Country Artist

  • Carrie Underwood
  • Cassadee Pope
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire

Favorite Country Group

  • The Band Perry
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Zac Brown Band

Favorite Pop Artist

  • Demi Lovato
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist

  • Big Sean
  • Drake
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Wiz Khalifa

Favorite R&B Artist

  • Chris Brown
  • Ciara
  • Janet Jackson
  • Ne-Yo
  • The Weeknd

Favorite Album

  • American Beauty / American Psycho by Fall Out Boy
  • Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
  • If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake
  • Smoke + Mirrors by Imagine Dragons
  • Title by Meghan Trainor

Favorite Song

  • “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd
  • “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
  • “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth
  • “What Do You Mean?” by Justin Bieber

Favorite Music Icon

  • Madonna
  • Paul McCartney
  • Prince
  • Steven Tyler
  • Stevie Wonder


Favorite Social Media Celebrity

  • Anna Kendrick
  • Beyoncé
  • Britney Spears
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Taylor Swift

Favorite Social Media Star

  • Cameron Dallas
  • Frankie Grande
  • Lele Pons
  • Matt Bellassai
  • Nash Grier

Favorite Mobile Game

  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Despicable Me: Minion Rush
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Temple Run

Favorite Video Game

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Minecraft
  • Super Smash Bros.

Favorite YouTube Star

  • Connor Franta
  • Grace Helbig
  • Jenna Marbles
  • Miranda Sings
  • Tyler Oakley

The Seriously Popular™ Award

  • Bella Thorne
  • Cara Delevingne
  • Kylie Jenner
  • Maddie Ziegler
  • Ruby Rose