Between big names in music, television and movies accepting awards, things got a little awkward on Wednesday (January 8) at the People’s Choice Awards.
Accepting the award for Favorite On-Screen Chemistry, real-life exes Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev joked about their relationship timeline in their acceptance speech, including the fact that they broke up in real life — but their characters are still dating on TV. “Good thing it’s not awkward…” they cringed before Somerhalder grabbed his co-star and planted a big kiss on her cheek.
Jennifer Hudson tearfully accepted the award for Favorite Humanitarian alongside her big sister, Julia, for creating the Julian D. King Gift Foundation in honor of Hudson’s slain family members.
“Look what God can do,” the 32-year-old singer said when she took the stage, reminding the audience that those were the same words she uttered while accepting her Academy Award in 2007. “My mother always taught us that without family, you have nothing. And whether you know it or not, we all are family.”
And while Hudson’s message for fans was serious in tone, the 40th annual show was generally a lighthearted affair, featuring performances from Sara Bareilles, Brad Paisley and OneRepublic, while Stephen Colbert and the cast of “The Voice” made humorous appearances via video shorts.
Kaley Cuoco took home her first-ever People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedic TV Actress after serving as the show’s host for the past two years. Keeping things in the CBS family, Cuoco passed the baton this year to “2 Broke Girls” co-stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, who just couldn’t resist the urge to channel their on-screen characters and serve up burgers and fries to the audience (per the request of one Mr. Paisley and Ms. Heidi Klum). “I’m servicing Brad Paisley!” Behrs declared, while the married father of two shook his head in embarrassment.
Christina Aguilera even got in on the food service bit, appearing in a pre-recorded intro — and donning a very sparkly and very revealing version of the “2 Broke Girls” uniform — offering to take over waitressing duties at the Brooklyn diner in “2 Broke Girls.”
Another former People’s Choice host, Queen Latifah, also nabbed her first award from the show for favorite new talk show host.