45th People’s Choice Awards Honors Influencers of America

The People’s Choice Awards are held once a year to honor the best in popular culture. The 2019 People’s Choice Awards were held on Sunday, November 10, from 9-10 p.m. They were hosted by entertainment reporter Giuliana Ranic and entertainment journalist Jason Kennedy.

The People’s Choice Awards have a variety of categories where anyone can vote for their favorite actors, actresses, artists, movies, etc. Because artists and entertainers are role models to young children and teenagers across the world, the awards provide the chance for people to say “thank you” by voting. 

Junior Paige Wiszczor looks up to role model Jennier Aniston because she has the ability to always make her laugh. But, her favorite artist is Selena Gomez because she overcame a disease called Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Gomez’s fight against the disease and her determination to never give up inspires Wiszczor.

Some are opposed to the number of categories, such as Wiszczor, who said, “I think the category Reality Stars should be taken away because I didn’t know many and not many people watch reality TV.”

In addition, many people think YouTube and Instagram influencers aren’t good role models for the youth of America. 

Sophomore Sophia Rahmany said, “Influencers for YouTube and Instagram aren’t something to model for young kids. It’s not a stable job and kids should look in another direction.”

Rahmany also stated “Post Malone deserves to win artist of the year because he’s very musically gifted.”

Others, such as Alexis Eaton, feel there should be a favorite teen celebrity category added to the award ceremony. 

Some people may not think it’s necessary to have a People’s Choice Awards every year, but sophomore Alexis Eaton said, “It gives people more opportunities to win an award.”

Regardless, the awards were well earned by each nominee. Billie Eilish and Shawn Mendes won male and female Artist of the Year. “Avengers Endgame” won movie of 2019, and “Stranger Things” won TV show of 2019.

Although many people have different opinions on the People’s Choice Awards and the people who help make the ceremony possible, the awards ceremony is an opportunity to make dreams come true for many influencers across the world, and it was a very successful event.