The people who watch TV shows, buy movie tickets and follow their favorite artists online get to call the shots during the first show of Hollywood’s awards season: the People’s Choice Awards.
The awards will be presented Wednesday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and will air live on CBS (9 p.m. EST). Topping the nominees are vampire tales “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and HBO’s “True Blood.”
Fans cast more than 60 million votes to choose the winners in 30 categories including favorite action star, favorite on-screen team, favorite music collaboration and favorite animal show.
Host Queen Latifah is set to welcome celebrities including Taylor Swift, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell,Carrie Underwood, Hugh Jackman and LL Cool J to the two-hour show.
Latifah will perform a musical number to open the program; Mary J. Blige and Cobra Starship with Nicole Scherzinger are also slated to perform.
Between awards determined by fans and scores of celebrity appearances, “audiences will be unwilling to leave their seats or walk away from their televisions,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is up for favorite movie, franchise and on-screen team for its trio of stars: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Stewart and Pattinson are also nominated for favorite movie actress and actor, and Lautner is up for breakout movie actor.
“True Blood” has nominations for favorite TV obsession and sci-fi-fantasy TV show, plus star Anna Paquin is nominated for TV drama actress.
“Star Trek” is another multiple nominee. It’s up for favorite film, and its stars, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, are nominated for breakout acting.
Lautner and fellow “New Moon” star Kellan Lutz are set to appear on Wednesday’s show, as are Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Keith Urban, George Lopez and Jackie Chan.
“The stars are coming out in droves to thank the fans for their love and support,” Burnett said.
The show will also feature an early look at the 20th season of “Survivor” and sneak peeks of the upcoming films “Clash of the Titans” and “Robin Hood.”
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