E! People's Choice Awards: Tyler Perry, Jennifer Lopez and More Winners Share Inspirational Messages

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Tiffany Haddish, Ellen Pompeo and other winners also gave speeches filled with messages of hope and positivity during Sunday's show.

Tyler Perry, Jennifer Lopez and more winners of the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards shared messages of inspiration and positivity amid a year that has been dominated by the pandemic and on the heels of a contentious presidential election that took days to call.

Demi Lovato hosted the show, which aired live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. In lieu of a live audience, Lovato walked out onstage surrounded by video screens of people watching at home. She called them "superfans from all over the country" who were part of the VIP section: "Virtual in Person." These fans also are helping to present the awards by revealing the winner's names.

She also noted that the awards are voted on by the fans and joked, in a reference to the recent presidential election: "Don't worry, we made sure to count every vote in Pennsylvania first." Joking about the pandemic, she added that "this year has been the longest three years of my life."

The first winner to be revealed was Tiffany Haddish, who was named female movie star of 2020 for her performance in Like a Boss, while other early winners included Mandy Moore (drama TV star of the year for This Is Us) and Blake Shelton (country artist of 2020).

Haddish noted the importance of loving one's self — "I like me and that's what I'm rolling with; if you love me, fantastic" — and then gave a "shoutout to anyone going through depression or stress this year" along with "all the people in Africa struggling this year."

Moore and Shelton gave shoutouts to their significant others: Moore to husband Taylor Goldsmith and the baby boy they are expecting and Shelton to his "new fiancee" Gwen Stefani. Moore also encouraged people to practice social distancing and "be kind to one another."

Meanwhile, The Ellen DeGeneres Show was named best daytime talk show despite recent controversy over the workplace culture, including accusations of racism, intimidation, unjust termination and an overall toxic work culture that has allegedly been perpetuated by the show's top producers.

DeGeneres accepted the award, first joking that she wasn't sure where to look when giving her speech — the screens onstage or the cameras. Settling on the latter, and addressing the viewers at home, DeGeneres said she accepted the award "not only for myself but on behalf of my amazing crew and staff who make this show possible. They show up every single day and give 100 percent of themselves, 100 percent of the time. I love them all and I thank them for what they do every single day. … Thank you to the people and fans for supporting me and sticking by me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am and how much it means to me."

Sofía Vergara won best comedy TV star for Modern Family. She noted that the win was bittersweet since it's the last award she is eligible to win for the show, which ended its 11-season run earlier this year. She also encouraged people to continue wearing masks amid the pandemic "even though it's hot."

Ellen Pompeo was named female TV star of the year for Grey's Anatomy, sharing a message of positivity in her speech.

"Our show is about love and acceptance, and winning this award is confirmation that people respond to those ideas," she said. "They respond to the idea of love, they respond to the idea of acceptance, they respond to the idea of us pulling one another up. ... 2020 has tested that time and time again and also proven that when we do that, when we look out for each other, when we pull each other up, anything is possible. So let's kick the rest of 2020's ass. Let's look out for each other, be responsible for each other, and love."

In addition, Jennifer Lopez was honored with the People’s Icon Award, Tyler Perry accepted the People’s Champion of 2020 Award, and Tracee Ellis Ross was presented with the Fashion Icon Award.

Armie Hammer introduced Lopez, his co-star in the upcoming film Shotgun Wedding. "She leads with compassion … and her joy for life is contagious," he said, noting that despite her success, she's still "Jenny from the block."

Stars including Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman, along with Lopez's twins, also sent in congratulatory messages via video.

For her part, Lopez gave an inspiring speech that first addressed what a wake-up call 2020 has been. "This year was a great leveler," she said. "It showed us what mattered and what didn't, and for me it reinforced what matters the most: people. All of us. Together. Helping each other. Loving each other. Being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, the human touch, and I realize it's what I strive for in everything I do — to reach people, to touch people. I believe it's what we all want, those shared experiences to know we are not alone.

She noted how hard it's been to get where she is now and hopes she can be an inspiration to girls all over the world.  "As a Latina and woman, you have to work twice as hard to get the same opportunities," she said. "My dreams and ambition made people nervous. … The more they said I couldn't achieve them, the more I knew that I had to. … The true measure of success is not in box office numbers or in records sold. It's in inspiring girls of all ages and all colors all over the world that you can do whatever you want. … Your dreams are limited only by your imagination and determination and willingness to never give up."

Tiffany Haddish presented Perry with the People’s Champion of 2020 Award. "He's the type of person who wants to do something nice for you because you are you," she said. "He sees people and wants to make their lives better because he's been there." She noted that he kept all his employees on his payroll amid the pandemic. "He knows that giving someone a little chance can have a ripple effect on an entire community," she added.

Perry told a story of how he paid someone to do some work at his house. The gist was that he was paying someone to dig to find water and despite all their efforts, they kept coming up empty-handed. Right when it seemed hopeless, they dug four more inches and found water. He hoped viewers took inspiration from that story to never give up on their dreams.

"If you just keep digging, my god, if you could just hear me right now, just keep digging, you may be four inches away from every gift and every blessing that you've wanted in your life," he said, adding: "You are worthy of getting to your goal. Keep digging. Don't stop. … And when you get there, make sure everybody you there meets you at your worth."

Tyler, the Creator introduced Ross. "She bleeds confidence, and her imagination knows no bounds," he said. "She's gorgeous as hell, she's smart as hell, she's confident and bold, and she has this freedom that is very rare to come by."

In her speech, Ross noted that fashion can and should be used to make statements. "I wear my insides on the outside," she said, pointing to such examples as when she wore only Black designers while hosting the American Music Awards in 2018 and when Golden Globes fashion went all black in support of #MeToo and Time's Up moments that same year.

"If fashion is a thing that draws you in, then use it as a tool for transformation," she said. "Let your clothes be your superhero cape. Let fashion be your joy and commitment to the word you want to see. It doesn't matter if you wear a black tie or a Black Lives Matter t-shirt. Suit up and speak up."

Performers during the People's Choice Awards included Justin Bieber, who sang "Lonely" and "Holy,"  and Chloe x Halle with "Ungodly Hour."

The show also paid tribute to local, real-life heroes around the country (the "People's Heroes of 2020"), spotlighting them with short video clips.

A full list of the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards winners follows.

MOVIES

THE MOVIE OF 2020
Bad Boys for Life (WINNER)

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Extraction
Hamilton
Project Power
The Invisible Man
The Old Guard
Trolls World Tour

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2020
The Kissing Booth 2 (WINNER)

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 ACTION MOVIE OF 2020
Mulan (WINNER)

Bad Boys for Life
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Bloodshot
Extraction
Power Project
Tenet
The Old Guard

THE DRAMA MOVIE OF 2020
Hamilton (WINNER)

Dangerous Lies
Greyhound
I Still Believe
Invisible Man
The High Note
The Photograph
The Way Back

THE FAMILY MOVIE OF 2020
Onward (WINNER)

Dolittle
My Spy
Scoob!
Sonic the Hedgehog
The Call of the Wild
The Willoughbys
Trolls World Tour

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2020
Will Smith, Bad Boys for Life (WINNER) 

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
Tiffany Haddish, Like A Boss (WINNER)

Camila Mendes, Dangerous Lies
Charlize Theron, The Old Guard
Elisabeth Moss, The Invisible Man
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
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (WINNER)

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
Joey King, The Kissing Booth 2 (WINNER)

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

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2020
Chris Hemsworth, Extraction (WINNER)

Charlize Theron, The Old Guard
Jamie Foxx, Project Power
John David Washington, Tenet
Margot Robbie, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Vanessa Hudgens, Bad Boys for Life
Vin Diesel, Bloodshot
Will Smith, Bad Boys for Life

TV

THE SHOW OF 2020
Grey's Anatomy (WINNER)

Never Have I Ever
Outer Banks
The Bachelor
The Last Dance
The Masked Singer
This Is Us
Tiger King

THE DRAMA SHOW OF 2020
Riverdale (WINNER)

Grey's Anatomy
Law & Order: SVU
Outer Banks
Ozark
Power
The Walking Dead
This Is Us

THE COMEDY SHOW OF 2020
Never Have I Ever (WINNER)

Dead To Me
Grown-ish
Insecure
Modern Family
Saturday Night Live
Schitt's Creek
The Good Place

THE REALITY SHOW OF 2020
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (WINNER)

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?
Below Deck Mediterranean
Love & Hip Hop: New York
Love Is Blind
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Queer Eye

THE COMPETITION SHOW OF 2020
The Voice (WINNER) 

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

THE MALE TV STAR OF 2020
Cole Sprouse, Riverdale (WINNER)

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
Ellen Pompeo, Grey's Anatomy (WINNER)

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Danai Gurira, The Walking Dead
Lili Reinhart, Riverdale
Mandy Moore, This Is Us
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Sofía Vergara, Modern Family

THE DRAMA TV STAR OF 2020
Mandy Moore, This Is Us (WINNER)

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

THE COMEDY TV STAR OF 2020
Sofía Vergara, Modern Family (WINNER)

Christina Applegate, Dead To Me
Dan Levy, Schitt's Creek
Issa Rae, Insecure
Jameela Jamil, The Good Place
Kate McKinnon, SNL
Kristen Bell, The Good Place
Yara Shahidi, Grown-ish

THE DAYTIME TALK SHOW OF 2020
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (WINNER)
Good Morning America
Live With Kelly & Ryan
Red Table Talk
The Kelly Clarkson Show
The View
The Wendy Williams Show
Today

THE NIGHTTIME TALK SHOW OF 2020
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (WINNER)

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

THE COMPETITION CONTESTANT OF 2020
Gigi Goode, RuPaul's Drag Race (WINNER)

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

THE REALITY STAR OF 2020
Khloe Kardashian, Keeping Up with the Kardashians (WINNER)

Antoni Porowski, Queer Eye
Darcey and Stacey Silva, Darcey & Stacey
Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
Kandi Burruss, The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kim Kardashian West, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Lisa Rinna, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Porsha Williams, The Real Housewives of Atlanta

THE BINGEWORTHY SHOW OF 2020
Outer Banks (WINNER)

Cheer
Love Is Blind
Never Have I Ever
Normal People
Ozark
Schitt's Creek
Tiger King

THE SCI-FI/FANTASY SHOW OF 2020
Wynonna Earp (WINNER)

DC's Legends of Tomorrow
Legacies
Locke & Key
Supergirl
Supernatural
The Flash
The Umbrella Academy

MUSIC

THE MALE ARTIST OF 2020
Justin Bieber (WINNER)

Bad Bunny
Blake Shelton
DaBaby
Drake
J Balvin
Lil Baby
The Weeknd

THE FEMALE ARTIST OF 2020
Ariana Grande (WINNER)

Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Dua Lipa
Lady Gaga
Megan Thee Stallion
Miley Cyrus
Taylor Swift

THE GROUP OF 2020
BTS (WINNER)

5 Seconds of Summer
BLACKPINK
Chloe X Halle
CNCO
Dan + Shay
Jonas Brothers
twenty one pilots

THE SONG OF 2020
"Dynamite," BTS (WINNER)

"Break My Heart," Dua Lipa
"Intentions," Justin Bieber
"Rain On Me," Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
"Rockstar," DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
"Savage," Megan Thee Stallion
"Stuck With U," Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
"WAP," Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

THE ALBUM OF 2020
Map of the Soul: 7, BTS (WINNER)

After Hours, The Weeknd
High Off Life, Future
Changes, Justin Bieber
Chromatica, Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Folklore, Taylor Swift
YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny

THE COUNTRY ARTIST OF 2020
Blake Shelton (WINNER)

Kane Brown
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Thomas Rhett

THE LATIN ARTIST OF 2020
Becky G (WINNER)

Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Nicky Jam
Karol G
Ozuna

THE NEW ARTIST OF 2020
Doja Cat (WINNER)

Ava Max
BENEE
Conan Gray
Jack Harlow
Roddy Ricch
Saweetie
Trevor Daniel

THE MUSIC VIDEO OF 2020
"Dynamite," BTS (WINNER)

"Blinding Lights," The Weeknd
"Holy," Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper
"Ice Cream," BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
"Life Is Good," Future ft. Drake
"Rain On Me," Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande
"UN DIA," J. Balvin, Dua Lip, Bad Bunny
"WAP," Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion

THE COLLABORATION OF 2020
"WAP," Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER)

"Be Kind," Marshmellow & Halsey
"Holy," Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper
"Life Is Good," Future ft. Drake
"Rain On Me," Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
"Rockstar," DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch
"Savage Remix (Feat. Beyonce)," Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé
"Whats Poppin Remix," Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez & Lil Wayne

THE SOUNDTRACK SONG OF 2020
"Only The Young," Taylor Swift, Featured in Miss Americana (WINNER)

"About Love," Marina, To All The Boys: P.S. I Love You
"Alexander Hamilton," Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton
"Boss Bitch," Doja Cat, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
"Loyal Brave True," Christina Aguilera, Mulan
"On Me (feat. Ava Max)," Thomas Rhett, Scoob!
"Rare," Selena Gomez, Normal People
"The Other Side," SZA x Justin Timberlake, Trolls World Tour

POP CULTURE

THE SOCIAL STAR OF 2020
Emma Chamberlin (WINNER)

Addison Rae
Charli D'Amelio
David Dobrik
Dixie D'Amelio
Loren Gray
Jojo Siwa
Liza Koshy

THE BEAUTY INFLUENCER OF 2020
James Charles (WINNER)

Antonio Garza
Bretman Rock
Desi Perkins
Jackie Aina
Nikita Dragun
NIKKIETUTORIALS
RCL Beauty

THE SOCIAL CELEBRITY OF 2020
Ariana Grande (WINNER)

Britney Spears
Justin Bieber
Kim Kardashian West
Kylie Jenner
Lady Gaga
LeBron James
Selena Gomez

THE ANIMAL STAR OF 2020
Doug The Pug (WINNER)

Esther the Wonder Pig
Hosico
Jiff Pom
Juniper the Fox
Nala Cat
Shinjiro Ono
Suki Cat

THE COMEDY ACT OF 2020
Leslie Jones: Time Machine (WINNER)

8:46, Dave Chappelle
George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half, George Lopez
Douglas, Hannah Gadsby
23 Hours to Kill, Jerry Seinfeld
In His Elements, Jo Koy
P DAVIDSON: ALIVE FROM NY, Pete Davidson
The Pale Tourist, Jim Gaffigan

THE STYLE STAR OF 2020
Zendaya (WINNER)

Janelle Monáe
Kendall Jenner
Kim Kardashian West
Lady Gaga
Lil Nas X
Rihanna
Timothee Chalamet

THE GAME CHANGER OF 2020
LeBron James (WINNER)

Bubba Wallace
Michael Jordan
Naomi Osaka
Russell Wilson
Sabrina Ionescu
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

THE POP PODCAST OF 2020
Anything Goes with Emma Chamberlain (WINNER)

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