Written by Giavanna Foster

The 43rd annual People’s Choice Awards took place at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017. Joel McHale hosted this telecast, which aired on CBS. According to Showbuzz, the televised broadcast was viewed by over 6.5 million people. Here are the highlights:

Ellen DeGeneres made history by winning three awards, including Favorite Daytime TV Host, at the 2017 telecast. She also won a People’s Choice Award for Finding Dory, which was voted as the favorite family movie.

With these awards, DeGeneres became the first person to win a record-breaking total of 20 People’s Choice Awards. Justin Timberlake congratulated Ellen DeGeneres during his introduction speech. Timberlake said that Ellen is the most decorated winner in history and referred to her as “one of the best people on this planet”.

Ellen’s acceptance speech had a friendly sense of humor. She mentioned that winning 20 awards meant a lot because the people voted for her. Ellen also talked about mashed potatoes, traffic, and her love of animals.

“This is amazing,” DeGeneres expressed during her speech. “Seventeen, I get it. Eighteen, sure. Nineteen, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous. This is… This is really something that means, um, more to me… because it comes from the people… I say thank you, people, and the only thing that would make me happier… if it was voted on by animals.”

She concluded her speech on a sincere note. “Thank you all very much. I love you”, Ellen said to the cheering audience. People’s Choice tweeted a link to the video while congratulating Ellen on her success.

Click the tweet to watch Ellen’s acceptance speech.

Timberlake won the People’s Choice award for favorite song with the Trolls soundtrack, “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. He also won the Favorite Male Artist award. “Thank you”, he said. He said the experience was awesome and added that he was under dressed. He expressed his joy of being onstage before mentioning that he was on the 101 freeway eight minutes ago. He thanked Max, Yohan, and the fans. Timberlake then mentioned the two favorite people in his life, his wife and son, before firing the nanny live. Timberlake said that his son was the muse behind “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Click Justin Timberlake’s picture to watch his speech.

Melissa McCarthy received the “Favorite Comedic Movie Actress” People’s Choice Award. She is well known as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls and Megan Price in Bridesmaids. This is McCarthy’s fourth People’s Choice Awards win. During McCarthy’s speech, she said that she is a fan of people. McCarthy mentioned that she is grateful to go to work and do what she loves. She then called the other nominees in this category “amazing women”. McCarthy thanked the lovely ladies in this category, as well as the fans that support her. She then thanked everyone for putting up with her bits. Click Melissa McCarthy’s picture to watch her speech.

Blake Lively won her first award for “Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress” category. She thanked everyone and mentioned that her win meant a lot to her. “My mom, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do,” Lively said. “Thanks, Mom.” Lively called herself an ambitious kid before adding that she set her first goal as a little girl: meet the Spice Girls. Blake Lively expressed her love towards the Spice Girls and their embodiment of girl power.

She continued, “Thank you for sending a message to Hollywood that people want to hear stories about women,” she continued, “and we want to hear your stories. Whether it’s social media, your iPhone — whatever, tell your stories, now more than ever. You need to be heard, you are valuable, and no one can limit you! Thank you, guys, and thank you to my husband.”

Blake Shelton won three People’s Choice Awards this year, including favorite album for If I’m Honest. Victoria Justice presented Shelton’s award for “Favorite album”. He thanked everyone who voted for him, Warner, “hottest date out here tonight, Gwen Stefani”. He won after performing at the People’s Choice Awards. To add, Shelton is well-known for being a coach on “The Voice”. This year, the NBC television series won its 4th consecutive People’s Choice Awards for the favorite competition TV show category. Click Blake Shelton’s picture to watch his acceptance speech.

With 4 nominations apiece, Drake and Rihanna are this year’s leading nominees at the People’s Choice Awards. Grey’s Anatomy, Outlander, This is Us, and Good Morning America were among the top television picks.

The People’s Choice Award for CBS.com’s favorite digital obsession went to the mannequin challenge. The full list of winners include Lilly Singh, Rihanna, Niall Horan, Britney Spears, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Britney Spears tweeted to her fans after winning 4 awards, including Favorite Female Artist. “This goes out to The Britney Army! 4 Awards last night… can’t believe it. Love you all so much 💕 ,” Spears tweeted. See the tweet below:

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Interested in more #PCAs news? See the following links:

Billboard | See the Full List of #PCA2017 Winners

CBS | People’s Choice Awards 2017 Highlights

NY Mag | See the #PCA2017 Red Carpet Looks

People | PHOTOS: 10 Standout Moments of 2017 #PCAs

The Wrap | #PCA2017 grows 10 percent in viewers