The E! People’s Choice Awards 2020 shared the love

The glamour was all there as stars collected their awards live at the E! People’s Choice Awards 2020

Pop culture has done its utmost to keep us afloat in 2020, from the early days of our Tiger King obsession, to our innocent online obsession with Doug The Pug. This year’s E! People’s Choice Awards (PCAs), broadcast live from Santa Monica and hosted by confirmed popular person Demi Lovato, was a huge thank you for the fun from fans, who all voted for their favourites.

Alas, the Red Carpet pre-show had to roll up its usual actual red carpet and put it in storage as social distancing efforts continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With no fans and no press crowding, there was no one for the stars to trot down the carpet in front of. Instead, E! Presenter and red-carpet queen Giuliana Rancic chatted to the evening’s presenters (including an utterly delightful Jameela Jamil, and Tracee Ellis Ross) from the Barker Hanger studio at an appropriate social distance. Giuliana also popped superfans up on the studio screen to allow them to each ask their favourite celeb one question.

In another area of the studio, E!’s Erin Lim, Nina Parker, Lauren Ash and Brad Goreski did retro countdowns of favourite E! Fashion moments and stars from the past – and with the Awards having happened every year since 1975, they had plenty to choose from. They also hit up the socials to report on what the celebs had been up to throughout the year.

Watch E! Now

On with the show

The People’s Choice Awards opened on a high note with Doug The Pug being awarded Animal Star of The Year. The camera showed a recording of Doug sitting in a teensy doggy tux, seated on some red carpet and being only a bit taller than his award.

The live show itself was held on a runway lined with giant screens filled with fans who were watching the show live. The show's presenters and winners came out live, too, and winners picked up their award trophies from a podium on the stage, so there were no sticky-handed germs exchanging hands. Stars who were on stage together stayed socially distant. In the words of Tyler The Creator, who later presented Tracee Ellis Ross her Fashion Icon Award (without touching it or her), “This is such an interesting setup.”

Host Demi Lovato opened the Awards proper by revealing what she'd been up to in lockdown, from getting engaged and unengaged, to ordering take-out food and scrolling on Instagram so much that she reached the end of the social site 4 times. Throughout the show, Demi gave the superfans space to ask questions. And according to Demi, the PCAs were the best party that she’s attended in 2020… and the only party she’s been to in the past 6 months.

The first live award of the evening, for the Female Movie Star, was presented by Jameela Jamil in her hot pink oversized suit by Christopher John Rogers. In a shock move, the Awards envelope found its way into the hands of one of those superfans, who announced Tiffany Haddish as the winner. This would happen throughout the ceremony as the fans reached out to thank their stars in person.

In terms of the live performances of the night, the Male Artist of 2020 winner Justin Bieber performed an achingly sung solo version of his song Lonely with Benny Blanco before walking out on the stage dressed in a white fuzzy jersey and white slacks to sing Holy live with his backing band and singers spaced out all around him at an appropriate social distance from him, and each other.

Chloe X Halle gave the second live performance of the night in matching skin-tight, sequined catsuits with exaggerated shoulders and daring cut-outs. Their even more perfectly matched voices and dance moves gave fans chills and were the only things that could outshine their outfits. They performed with masked back-up dancers as the PCAs emphasised, again, the importance of protecting ourselves and others.

The Night-time Talk Show of 2020 went to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy got Zoomed – i.e., he gave his entire speech on mute and when he finally figured it out, he was out of time and the cameras turned away. Winner of The Comedy Act of 2020, the always high-energy Leslie Jones, thanked her aunties to keep her in check, and everybody who made her look good in every way, while the Comedy Movie Star of 2020 winner, Joey King, revealed that The Kissing Booth 3 would be coming out in 2021.


The fashion night absolutely belonged to the epic Tracee Ellis Ross, winner of the year’s Fashion Icon Award. Tracee walked onto the stage to a recording of Bruno Mars’s hit Just The Way You Are, while dressed in a billowing, angelic white high-low dress with a black harness and high-heeled leather boot pants and said, “Tracee, do you take fashion to be your lawfully wedded wife? I do, I do, I do!” After thanking her lifelong stylist, Karla Welch, Tracee also gave a nod to her mom, Diana Ross, for her sense of style, her glamour and her epic wardrobe. Her speech was a delight and a beacon to fashion fans to express their true selves at any budget, and to let art of that expression include their activism:

"People's Choice, I can't thank you enough for validating my shopping habit and validating little teenage Tracee who begged her mom for a seasonal clothing budget. Spoiler alert, I did not get it. Speaking of which, thank you to my father for paying for those chestnut suede Ralph Lauren jeans I tricked him into buying me when I was 14, for his impeccable style and for being my humour twin. And obviously I have to thank the icon herself, my mom not only for her great parenting and not acquiescing to my many whimsical demands, but to her style and glamour that introduced me to the power of fashion."

Tracee told fans, “Use fashion as an entrance. Let clothes be your superhero cape, allowing you to be the best you that you can be. Activate the clothes through your joy and commitment to the world that you want to see. It doesn't matter if you wear black tie or a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt, but suit up and show up, because our action creates our destiny, our joy creates space for our freedom.”

Tracee emphasised that style was all about being, not budget, after giving thanks to all the second-hand thrift shops who helped her hone her personal style while she was growing up. “Second-hand clothing helped me understand that style has nothing to do with money. It’s the way you put things together – style is the how, not the what. I spent years playing dress-up in my closet as a way to find some freedom or some power, and the more that I discovered who I really was, the more I was able to hone my creative expression through clothing. I wear my insides on the outside, and if featuring Black designers at American Music Awards helped someone see the power of Black artistry or if joining the call to wear black at the Golden Globes led to solidarity with women saying time’s up on sexual harassment, then you heard me loud and clear. If fashion is the thing that draws you in, use it as a tool for transformation.”

As to the rest of the show, there were a number of enviable looks.

The Drama TV Star of 2020, Mandy Moore, rocked a skin-tight, black, floor-length turtleneck Brandon Maxwell gown to highlight her date for the show – her unborn baby boy. That's right, mama Pearson and her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, and expecting their first baby together, and the baby bump was starting to make its appearance. Presenter Addison Rae looked sleek and gorgeous in a spaghetti-strapped red gown with black mesh detail at the breast. With her slicked-back hair, dark eyes and red lips, she looked effortlessly glamorous. The Female TV Star of 2020, Ellen Pompeo, embodied casual glam in a sparkly, glittering white mesh suit that looked like the world’s most glamorous pyjama set. And host Demi Lovato popped up in something new and chic every time she returned to the stage.

More on Awards Season

African Trailblazer of The Year

There was a new category at the 2020 PCAs. E! will be recognising local charity work in Africa with a brand-new award: African Trailblazer of The Year. And a South African has snatched the spotlight. Siya Kolisi – who led the Springboks to victory at the Rugby World Cup in 2019 (as seen in the hugely popular documentary series Chasing The Sun on DStv) – is being recognised for his extraordinary work off the sporting field with the launch of Kolisi Foundation earlier this year.

Read More

African Social Star 2020

Instagram sensation Elsa Majimbo got an early taste of the glamour and excitement when she found out that she’d been chosen as the E! People’s Choice Awards African Social Star of 2020. She beat fellow nominees like South Africa’s International Emmy Award-nominee and actress Thuso Mbedu, magician and TikTok star Wian van den Berg, and reigning Miss Universe Zozi Tunzi (who came in 3rd).

Read More

Special recognition

As well as recognising African excellence, this year the PCAs had 3 big names to honour in advance of the ceremony itself. Jennifer Lopez was awarded The People’s Icon Award, super-producer and Mr Madea himself Tyler Perry was honoured with The People’s Champion of 2020 Award, and actor, producer and CEO Tracee Ellis Ross was recognised with The Fashion Icon Award.

Tiffany Haddish came out to honour Tyler Perry. "He sees people, and he wants to make their lives a little better,” she insisted, before giving Tyler a shoutout for keeping all his employees paid up during the pandemic, even when they weren't working during lockdown. The entire team from Tyler Perry Studios joined the show live on screen to cheer him on as he accepted his award. Tyler, looking cosy in a full beard and enviable leather jacket, told fans to keep it up, and never give up.

People's Icon of 2020 Jennifer Lopez echoed that message about hard work and not having a shelf life. Jennifer arrived in person in full glam in a Christian Siriano red gown with puffy top and a short puffy skirt. Celebrities like Nicole Kidman joined in saying congratulations and showering praise on her via the fan screens. Jennifer really teared up when her own children, Max and Emme, came up onscreen to congratulate her.

“2020 was no joke, right? This year was the great leveller. It showed us what mattered, what didn't and for me, reinforced what matters most – people. Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch and I realise it’s what I strive for in everything I do, to reach people, to touch people. I believe that's what we all want, shared experiences, to know that we're not in this alone,” she said.

Jennifer thanked fans for keeping her going throughout her 30-year career. “Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going, and sometimes when I'm tired or beaten down like a lot of us have been this year, it's my family, my friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn't lift myself. And I'm so grateful to have you, to have that in my life. Thank you. I approach my work and career the same way I approach my life. I lead with love, I feel with my heart, and I always try to speak with truth, in telling stories, singing songs and performing, I do so with the purpose of bringing a little happiness, creating beauty and inspiring others to do the same. I have seen and I have learnt a lot, and I am still learning, and I want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you for letting me do that in front of you all of these years. As a Latina and as a woman, we have to sometimes work twice as hard to get the opportunity.”

And in one of the most thrilling parts of her speech, Jennifer urged anyone who wants to succeed, to do it in the face of their critics. “Sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions made the people around me nervous. People would say you're a dancer, you can't be an actress. The more they said I couldn't, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand, so very grateful, knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you and – yes, I feel it."

Envelope, please…

As the ceremony was capped at 2 hours, many of these awards were not announced onscreen. This year’s People’s Choice Awards winners are:


The Movie of 2020

Winner: Bad Boys for Life
Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Project Power
The Invisible Man
The Old Guard
Trolls World Tour

The Comedy Movie of 2020

Winner: The Kissing Booth 2
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Like A Boss
The King of Staten Island
The Lovebirds
The Wrong Missy
To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Bill & Ted Face The Music

The Drama Movie of 2020

Winner: Hamilton
Dangerous Lies
I Still Believe
The Invisible Man
The High Note
The Photograph
The Way Back

The Family Movie of 2020

Winner: Onward
The Call of The Wild
My Spy
Sonic the Hedgehog
Trolls World Tour
The Willoughbys

The Action Movie of 2020

Winner: Mulan
Bad Boys For Life
Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Project Power
The Old Guard

The Male Movie Star of 2020

Winner: Will Smith, Bad Boys For Life
Chris Hemsworth, Extraction
Jamie Foxx, Project Power
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Mark Wahlberg, Spenser Confidential
Robert Downey Jr., Dolittle
Tom Hanks, Greyhound
Vin Diesel, Bloodshot

The Female Movie Star of 2020

Winner: Tiffany Haddish, Like A Boss
Camila Mendes, Dangerous Lies
Charlize Theron, The Old Guard
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man (Universal)
Issa Rae, The Lovebirds
Margot Robbie, Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Salma Hayek, Like a Boss
Vanessa Hudgens, Bad Boys For Life

The Drama Movie Star of 2020

Winner: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Ben Affleck, The Way Back
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man
Issa Rae, The Photograph
KJ Apa, I Still Believe
Russell Crowe, Unhinged
Tom Hanks, Greyhound
Tracee Ellis Ross, The High Note

The Comedy Movie Star of 2020

Winner: Joey King, The Kissing Booth 2
Noah Centineo, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
Pete Davidson, The King of Staten Island
Will Ferrell, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Salma Hayek, Like A Boss
Issa Rae, The Lovebirds
Keanu Reeves, Bill & Ted Face The Music
David Spade, The Wrong Missy

The Action Movie Star of 2020

Winner: Chris Hemsworth, Extraction
Vin Diesel, Bloodshot
Jamie Foxx, Project Power
Vanessa Hudgens, Bad Boys For Life
Margot Robbie, Birds of Prey
Will Smith, Bad Boys For Life
Charlize Theron, The Old Guard
John David Washington, Tenet


The Show of 2020

Winner: Grey’s Anatomy
Never Have I Ever
Outer Banks
The Bachelor
The Last Dance
The Masked Singer
This Is Us
Tiger King

The Drama Show of 2020

Winner: Riverdale
Grey's Anatomy
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Outer Banks
This Is Us
The Walking Dead

The Comedy Show of 2020

Winner: Never Have I Ever
Dead To Me
The Good Place
Modern Family
Saturday Night Live
Schitt's Creek

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2020

Winner: Wynonna Earp
The Flash
Legends of Tomorrow
Locke & Key
The Umbrella Academy

The Reality Show of 2020

Winner: Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Below Deck Mediterranean
Love & Hip Hop: New York
Love is Blind
90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
Queer Eye
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

The Competition Show of 2020

Winner: The Voice
American Idol
America's Got Talent
The Bachelor
The Challenge
The Masked Singer
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef

The Daytime Talk Show of 2020

Winner: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 
CBS This Morning
Live With Kelly & Ryan
Red Table Talk
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The View
The Wendy Williams Show

The Night-time Talk Show of 2020

Winner: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen

The Bingeworthy Show of 2020

Winner: Outer Banks
Love is Blind
Never Have I Ever
Normal People
Schitt's Creek
Tiger King

The Male TV Star of 2020

Winner: Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Chase Stokes, Outer Banks
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Jesse Williams , Grey’s Anatomy
Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, Space Force

The Female TV Star of 2020

Winner: Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy
Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead
Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

The Drama TV Star of 2020

Winner: Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy
Cole Sprouse, Riverdale
Chase Stokes, Outer Banks

The Comedy TV Star of 2020

Winner: Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Jameela Jamil, The Good Place
Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Issa Rae, Insecure
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

The Competition Contestant of 2020

Winner: Gigi Goode, RuPaul's Drag Race
Kandi Burruss, The Masked Singer
Rob Gronkowski, The Masked Singer
Sammie Cimarelli, The Circle
Jaida Essence Hall, RuPaul's Drag Race
Just Sam, American Idol
Madison Prewett, The Bachelor
Hannah Ann Sluss, The Bachelor

The Reality TV Star of 2020

Winner: Khloé Kardashian, Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Kandi Burruss, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Porsha Williams, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kim Kardashian, Keeping Up With The Kardashians
Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye
Lisa Rinna, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Darcey Silva & Stacey Silva, Darcey & Stacey
Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye


The Male Artist of 2020

Winner: Justin Bieber
Bad Bunny
Blake Shelton
J Balvin
Lil Baby
The Weeknd

The Female Artist of 2020

Winner: Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

The Group of 2020

Winner: BTS
Chloe x Halle
Dan + Shay
5 Seconds of Summer
Jonas Brothers
Twenty One Pilots

The Song of 2020

Winner: Break My Heart, Dua Lipa
Dynamite, BTS
Intentions, Justin Bieber
Rain On Me, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion
Stuck with U, Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
WAP, Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

The Album of 2020

Winner: After Hours, The Weeknd
Changes, Justin Bieber
Chromatica, Lady Gaga
Folklore, Taylor Swift
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
High Off Life , Future
Map of the Soul: 7, BTS

The Country Artist of 2020

Winner: Blake Shelton
Kelsea Ballerini
Kane Brown
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Thomas Rhett
Keith Urban

The Latin Artist of 2020

Winner: Becky G
Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Daddy Yankee
Karol G
Nicky Jam

The New Artist of 2020

Winner: Doja Cat
Ava Max
Trevor Daniel
Conan Gray
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch

The Music Video of 2020

Winner: Dynamite, BTS
Blinding Lights, The Weeknd
Holy, Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper
Ice Cream, Blackpink & Selena Gomez
Life Is Good, Future featuring Drake
Rain on Me, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Un Dia (One Day), J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny featuring Tainy
WAP, Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

The Collaboration Song of 2020

Winner: WAP, Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion
Be Kind, Marshmello & Halsey
Holy, Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper
Life Is Good, Future feat. Drake
Rain on Me, Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Savage (Remix), Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Whats Poppin (Remix), Jack Harlow featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne

The Soundtrack Song of 2020

Winner: Only the Young, Taylor Swift (from Miss Americana)
About Love, Marina (from To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You)
Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. (from Hamilton)
Boss Bitch, Doja Cat (from Birds of Prey)
Loyal Brave True, Christina Aguilera (from Mulan)
On Me, Thomas Rhett, Kane Brown featuring Ava Max (from Scoob!)
The Other Side, SZA & Justin Timberlake (from Trolls World Tour)
Rare, Selena Gomez (from Normal People)


The Social Star of 2020

Winner: Emma Chamberlain
Charli D'Amelio
Dixie D'Amelio
David Dobrik
Loren Gray
Liza Koshy
Addison Rae
Jojo Siwa

The Beauty Influencer of 2020

Winner: James Charles
Jackie Aina
Nikita Dragun
Antonio Garza
Desi Perkins
RCL Beauty
Bretman Rock

The Social Celebrity of 2020

Winner: Ariana Grande
Justin Bieber
Selena Gomez
LeBron James
Kylie Jenner
Kim Kardashian
Lady Gaga
Britney Spears

The Animal Star of 2020

Winner: Doug The Pug
Esther The Wonder Pig
Jiff Pom
Juniper The Fox
Nala Cat
Shinjiro Ono
Suki Cat

The Comedy Act of 2020

Winner: Leslie Jones, Leslie Jones: Time Machine
Dave Chappelle, 8:46
Pete Davidson, Pete Davidson: Alive From NY
Hannah Gadsby, Hannah Gadsby: Douglas
Jim Gaffigan, The Pale Tourist
Jo Koy, Jo Koy: In His Elements
George Lopez, George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half
Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill

The Style Star of 2020

Winner: Zendaya
Timothée Chalamet
Kendall Jenner
Kim Kardashian
Lady Gaga
Lil Nas X
Janelle Monáe

The Game Changer of 2020

Winner: LeBron James
Simone Biles
Sabrina Ionescu
Michael Jordan
Naomi Osaka
Bubba Wallace
Serena Williams
Russell Wilson

The Pop Podcast of 2020

Winner: Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard
Call Her Daddy
Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
I Weigh with Jameela Jamil
Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad
Staying In with Emily & Kumail
The Viall Files

Watch The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards Live From The Red Carpet at 02:00 on Monday, 16 November on E! (DStv 124) at 02:00, 
Watch The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards Live on E! (DStv 124) at 04:00. 

The Awards ceremony itself will be rebroadcast at 12:40, 16:20 and 21:30 on Monday, 16 November, and at 03:25, 06:00 on Wednesday, 18 November, at 10:50 on Saturday, 21 November, and at 00:50 on Sunday, 19 November

How to watch The 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards online

Get the DStv app (Apple or Android) and download episodes to watch on your phone or tablet – just remember to connect to the Wi-Fi first so there are no surprise data costs.

With the DStv app, the same channels you watch on your decoder at home are available for you to stream online at, or using the DStv app on your phone.

Get it on Google Play

Feel every moment with DStv