Tyler Perry to Be Honored at E! People's Choice Awards

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The mogul will be recognized with the People's Champion prize, celebrating his trailblazing work in entertainment, commitment to multiple charitable organizations and ability to inspire empathy and progress for humankind.

Tyler Perry is set to receive the People's Champion award at the 2020 E! People's Choice Awards, it was announced today.

The mogul, who recently received the Governors Award at the 2020 Emmys and has been previously honored with the Favorite Humanitarian award at the People's Choice Awards, will be recognized for his trailblazing work in entertainment, commitment to multiple charitable organizations and ability to inspire empathy and progress for humankind.

“In a year of unrest and uncertainty, Tyler Perry proved a natural leader,” E!'s general manager of news, live events and lifestyle digital, Jen Neal, said in a statement. “From his pioneering efforts in successfully, and safely, restarting production and creating jobs at Tyler Perry Studios, to personally supporting charities and families in need, he continuously inspires hope in people. We are honored to present him with the People’s Champion of 2020 Award.”

The film and TV mogul, who became one of the first filmmakers to safely resume production amid the pandemic with his "Camp Quarantine," has been intimately involved with and donated generously to civil and human rights causes and charities serving the homeless. In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Perry made headlines for purchasing groceries for members of his community, and after the killings of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Secoriea Turner, Perry helped pay for their funeral expenses.

The 2020 People's Choice Awards will air live on E! from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar on Sunday Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Bad Boys for Life and This Is Us are among the film and TV projects earning the most nominations.

Jennifer Lopez, it was previously announced, will receive the People's Icon of 2020 award at the ceremony.

The E! People’s Choice Awards is produced by Den of Thieves with Executive Producers Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski.