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Host Kaley Cuoco speaks on stage at the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles. / CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP

The People’s Choice Awards kicked off Wednesday night with “The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco returning as host for the second year in a row.

Host Kaley Cuoco speaks on stage at the People's Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Jan. 9, 2013, in Los Angeles.

The show opened with a taped segment of Cuoco learning how to be a “kick-butt” host, with the help of LL Cool J, Katniss Everdeen and some of the characters from “Twilight.” She then arrived on stage and told viewers that more than 475 million votes were cast by fans for the night’s winners.

People’s Choice Awards 2013 red carpet

Early awards went to Jennifer Aniston for favorite movie actress, Taylor Swift for favorite country artist, Maroon 5 for favorite band and “Supernatural” for favorite sci-fi/fantasy TV show.

The awards for favorite comedic TV actor and actress both went to “Glee” stars — Lea Michele, clad in a hot pink dress, and Chris Colfer, who told fans he enjoyed “being exploited in your fan fiction.”

Alicia Keys was the first performer of the night, singing her hit “Girl on Fire.” Christina Aguilera and Jason Aldean will also perform during the show, broadcast live from Los Angeles on CBS.

Nominations and winners at the 34th annual awards show are determined by fans’ votes. This year’s nominees include Justin Bieber, Adam Levine, Emma Stone, Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence. The films competing for favorite movie are “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hunger Games” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

Sandra Bullock will also become the first recipient of the “favorite humanitarian” award. The Oscar-winner is receiving the honor for her philanthropic efforts, including her commitment to Warren Easton High School in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

–article and images taken from: cbsnews.com

 

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