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Must-see moments from the People's Choice Awards, from Christina Aguilera to Simu Liu

Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES — Dozens of pop culture's brightest stars were honored Tuesday night at the People's Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Halle Berry, "Squid Game" and "Black Widow" were among the big winners at the star-studded show, which was broadcast on E! and NBC.

Interspersed with inspiring acceptance speeches were show-stopping performances from the likes of Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and H.E.R.

Here's a sampling of stand-out moments from the ceremony, hosted by "Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson and attended by a live audience for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aguilera delivers power and nostalgia

Aguilera stole the show with an ambitious medley of her greatest hits, including "Beautiful," "Stronger," "Dirty" and a dramatic rendition of "Genie in a Bottle."

 

While accepting this year's Music Icon award, the "Somos Nada" performer said her "artistry has always been for the fighters in this world — for those who face adversity, for those wanting to invoke change."

"I have always strived for my music to communicate messages of empowerment, whether it's speaking my own truths or giving voice to those unable to do so on their own," she said. "Believing in yourself is often the biggest obstacle of all, and throughout the years, I've heard your stories about the impact of songs like 'Beautiful,' 'Fighter,' 'Can't Hold Us Down' and, yes, even 'Dirty.' ...

"Thank you for listening and thank you for fighting. You inspire me every day. And I want to thank all of the women who I've been blessed to share the stage, microphone and recording studio with over the years. You are all icons to me, and I'm proud that together we have strengthened the voices of women in the music industry."

Dwayne Johnson gives award to Make-a-Wish recipient

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