SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The People’s Choice Awards finally made its return to TV on E! Sunday night, almost two years after its last telecast on CBS.
The show featured a smattering of performances from Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj and Tyga, and John Legend, plus an overwhelming amount of awards to distribute to a very small handful of Hollywood A-listers.
Here are the five biggest moments of the night:
Stars recognized California firefighters, victims of the blaze
People’s Choice Award attendees frequently gave thanks for the tireless work of firefighters working to contain the Woolsey Fire, which blazed less than 40 miles away from the tented Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.
Mila Kunis accepted the first award of the telecast, giving a shout out to the firefighters battling the blaze: “We are in a state of emergency. You know, I have this opportunity and I want to say if you can take a minute to donate to the LAFD Foundation, it would be really, really great.”
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“GLOW” star Betty Gilpin, who presented an award with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” veteran Terry Crews, called the fire “a disaster of staggering magnitude,” adding, “Thanks to all the firefighters and first responders who are on the front lines.”
Kim Kardashian West gave an emotional speech while accepting a reality TV prize on behalf of the Kardashian-Jenner family, noting the back-to-back tragedies Southern California has suffered this week between the Borderline shootings and the wildfires.
“As horrible as this has been, it’s been amazing to see the resilient spirit and the heroism of those risking their lives on the front lines,” she said, dedicating the award to “all the firefighters, the law enforcement and the first responders, we really truly appreciate what you have done for all of us.”
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