Post submitted by Adam Bradley, HRC Communications Intern
This year’s People’s Choice Awards lineup is packed to the brim with LGBT celebrities, allies and HRC supporters.
LGBT people and their allies are represented in over a dozen categories, exhibiting the talent and wide range of identities and personalities within the community.
Musically, HRC Ally for Equality honoree P!nk earned three nominations: "Favorite Female Artist", "Favorite Song" (for “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess of fun.) and "Favorite Music Video" (same). Ruess is an outspoken LGBT ally, and fun. has appeared in HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality video campaign and donated tour proceeds to LGBT advocates.
Swedish synthpop duo (and LGBT allies) Icona Pop earned a nomination for "Breakout Artist", and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were nominated for "Favorite Hip-Hop Artist" on the strength of their marriage equality anthem “Same Love”.
The LGBT community was well-represented in TV nominations as well. Four of the five nominees for "Favorite Comedic TV Actor" are gay (Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jim Parsons, and Neil Patrick Harris) and the fifth is Darren Criss, who portrays a gay character in Glee and is an outspoken LGBT advocate. Three of the nominees (Criss, Colfer, and Ferguson) portray gay men on-screen, an encouraging sign of acceptance and inclusion.
Other LGBT and allied nominees include Ross Mathews for "Favorite New Talk Show Host" (“Hello Ross”); Ellen DeGeneres for "Favorite Daytime TV Host" (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”); and Sandra Oh for "Favorite Dramatic TV Actress" (“Gray’s Anatomy”). The HBO series “Orange is the New Black”, which has received praise for its complex representation of a transgender character played by transgender actress Laverne Cox, earned a nod for "Favorite Streaming Series."
The annual awards show, set to air on CBS January 8, honors the most popular artists, movies, TV shows, and music from the past year, as chosen by the general public. Since 2005, award winners have been decided by online voting. To vote for your favorites for the 40th annual People’s Choice Awards, click here.