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15 Memorable Moments From The People's Choice Awards

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    Every January, awards season kicks off with the delightfully weird People's Choice Awards. It's truly unlike any other ceremony: The winners are determined by plebeians with Internet access, categories change constantly (debuting this year is Favorite TV Character We Miss Most), and there's the longstanding rumor that those who take home trophies are informed ahead of time. Plus, the cross-pollination of music, movies, and television allows entertainers of all kinds and calibers to interact. As a result, nearly anything can happen — like these 15 notable moments from years past.

    The 41st annual People's Choice Awards will air January 7 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

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    Queen Latifah Harasses the Cast of Twilight

    During the 2011 telecast, host Queen Latifah made a beeline for front-row attendees Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner; what ensued was three of the most awkward minutes in the show's history. Posing as the ultimate Twilight fangirl, Latifah addressed the trio by their characters' names, misheard (then mocked) Pattinson's British accent, and inexplicably blurted out "Pop that collar!" to a visibly uncomfortable Stewart. (The actress reacted by slumping in her seat and literally hiding her face in her hands.) When even the perfectly media-trained Lautner looks like he wants you to vaporize, you have taken the bit too far.

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    Jennifer Hudson Delivers A Super-Emotional Speech

    Jennifer Hudson has won Academy, BAFTA, SAG, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards, but her most moving speech came in 2014 when she was honored for her off-screen talents. She received the Favorite Humanitarian Award for her and her sister Julia's work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, named after Jennifer's 7-year-old nephew (and Julia's son) who was murdered in 2008. The Chicago-based organization helps children by providing tangible items (like school supplies, food, and toys) as well as positive experiences. "Where we come from, all you hear about is who shot who and who went to jail," Hudson told the audience in her acceptance speech. "We want to show them that I came from the same area as you, and if I can do it, you can do it too. There is more to life than the block you live on."

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    "Seat Coordinator" Jane Lynch Puts Everyone In Their Place

    For this pre-recorded segment shown during the 2012 awards, Glee's Jane Lynch took on another gruffly authoritative role: Eloise Dunk, longtime seat coordinator to the stars. She gave Entertainment Tonight's Mark Steines a behind-the-scenes tour of her duties, which included roping off enough space for Lady Gaga's rumored uranium pantsuit. During their sit-down interview, Steines invited Dunk to reflect on her career, asking, "If you could go back in time and change one seat assignment, what would it be?" Dunk deadpanned: "Abraham Lincoln."

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    Ellen DeGeneres Sets An Awards Record

    If there were ever a need to present evidence that Ellen Degeneres is one of the most beloved entertainment personalities of all time, exhibit A would be her trip to the stage in 2014. It marked her 14th win, a record for the People's Choice Awards, and her trademark wide-eyed soliloquy proved why she was there: It was charming, humble, and ended with a good-natured dig at fellow daytime TV host nominee Oprah Winfrey (a "lovely, single, African-American woman who works 80 hours a week to get by").