People's Choice Awards: Melissa McCarthy Accepts Inaugural Icon Award

Melissa McCarthy arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Ghostbusters"  - Getty-H 2018
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"Thank you for making it possible for me to do something I love more than anything else," she said during her acceptance speech.

Melissa McCarthy was awarded the inaugural icon award at the People's Choice Awards on Sunday.

"Thank you so much for this award. Thank you to everybody here and everyone that voted. Not just because you voted for me — because that would make me an insane narcissist — because it was so overwhelming and incredibly sweet of all of you," she said.

The actress then spoke about the importance of using your voice. "I'm thankful to you because you've actually engaged and you cared about things. Movies and music and people in the world around you and you took the time and put the effort in to have your voice be heard and that is tremendously inspiring to me," she said.

She also thanked the fans for allowing her to continue making films and exploring new characters. "Thank you for making it possible for me to do something I love more than anything else," she said. "No one who's coming up here tonight on this stage would be able to do that without you."

McCarthy concluded the speech by addressing the wildfires in Southern California. "I'm so incredibly grateful that tonight your collective voice matters," she said. "If you could just do one more thing with your power, because when people come together there's such incredible power in it, please, keep the victims, volunteers and firefighters in your thoughts and any contributions to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation — $1, $10, 50 cents — it will be put to good use and it will make a difference. There is great power in this room and everyone who's watching."

The 2018 People's Choice Awards aired live on E! and took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.