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People's Choice Awards kick off

By unknown | Dec 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LOS ANGELES - Mary J Blige will sing and Queen Latifah will take part in an all-star musical number when next week's People's Choice Awards ceremony kicks off the Hollywood awards season.

Organisers say the awards, chosen directly by fans, have attracted a record-breaking 60million votes on the website Voting for favourite new TV comedy and drama shows will remain open until show night on January 6.

New Moon star Taylor Lautner, actors Steve Carell and Sandra Bullock, singers Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and LL Cool J will be among the celebrities attending the People's Choice Awards show, broadcast live from Los Angeles on the CBS network.

Executive producer Mark Burnett said the show would be "jam-packed" with surprises and performances.

The People's Choice Awards celebrates fan favourites in music, movies and television.

The vampire romance Twilight has a leading seven nominations in the movie category, while Bullock is among nominees for favourite movie actress. Taylor Swift and Britney Spears are among those competing in the music categories.

Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Avatar star Sam Worthington are joining the list of celebrity presenters at the Golden Globe Awards.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, says the three stars will help hand out trophies at the 67th annual ceremony.

They join past presenters Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Colin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert de Niro.

The Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. - Reuters-Sapa-AFP


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