If you’ve watched anything on television or listened to the radio, then I’m sure you know it’s awards season. The Grammies, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Academy Awards; they’ve all either been on lately or will be on soon. For most of them, it is impossible to attend in person, but one of them is open to the regular public like you and me. Being true to its name, not only can “the people” vote on who wins, but they can also attend. My sister and I did just that for the 2016 People’s Choice Awards.
Our evening started exactly like you would imagine, getting ready. Gowns, makeup, hair… we were dressed to the nines. We had to be red carpet ready, you know?
Once we were looking fabulous, we headed to the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live. We had VIP viewing for the red carpet. We got there a little early, but the line wasn’t bad. Those with tickets like ours just stood on one side of the red carpet behind some fencing. Once we were at the red carpet, we realized that everyone was only about two people deep so it was easy to get a good view.
Jane Lynch, the host for the evening, was the first person to enter. After that, more and more presenters and nominees started coming. We saw Kate Hudson, John Stamos, Mandy Patinkin, Jack Black, and more. Most of those on the red carpet were more familiar to younger people. In fact, we quite often found ourselves asking the 20-year-old standing near us who people were. It didn’t dampen the excitement, though, because while the stars did focus a lot on the press across the carpet from us, most did come over to talk to the fans as well and a few even took selfies with them. My only disappointment was that many of the starts did not enter via the red carpet. The big names like Vin Diesel, Johnny Depp, Ellen Degeneres, and Chris Hemsworth we didn’t even know were there until we saw them inside. Even so, it was really neat to see.
Before we knew it, it was 15 minutes to show time and we had to go into the theater to take our seats. We had VIP seats so we were just right of center and a couple of rows behind the stars. We watched the show with the back of Meghan Trainor’s head in view.
Having now watched the 2016 People’s Choice Awards on television, I can say that during the show, we saw what the tv viewers saw. It’s what the tv viewers couldn’t see, though, that fascinated me. Maybe it’s because of my theater background, but the “behind-the-scenes” feeling of it was amazing. I really enjoyed watching the stage get changed, presenters getting ready, and stars mingling with each other. They pack a lot in those short commercial breaks! The other thing I couldn’t help but turn around and look at were the teleprompters. They are giant. They have to be because they are about halfway back in the center of the audience. I noticed that while the host and presenters do look at the teleprompters, they don’t read them. Rather, it’s more of a general idea of what they plan to say and they improvise slightly. I’m sure that makes it more natural.
The People’s Choice Awards is a two-hour show that goes a lot faster in person. I was surprised when it was over!
Attending the People’s Choice Awards in person was a very unique experience. I don’t think I will ever watch an awards show the same way again having seen it in person. It makes it more interesting. Plus, even though I’ve now done it numerous times, it is still neat to be standing near people that most only see on tv and in the movies.
It was amazing to me that anyone can attend! While my tickets were given to me (my views in this post are my own regardless), the tickets are available at Ticketmaster. This year, I noticed a few balcony seats were available just a few days before the show. Prices really vary. Our VIP tickets had a face value of $550. The balcony seats I saw on Ticketmaster were $19.
If movies and tv are your thing, I highly recommend timing a visit to Los Angeles for the People’s Choice Awards. You can couple it with a visit to Hollywood, studio tours, and a visit to the Dolby Theatre for THE awards show, the Academy Awards. If it’s in early January like it usually is, it can also be coupled with a trip to the Rose Bowl like I did last January, or, if you’re a Disney fan like I am, it’s only about an hour drive to the Disneyland Resort. What a fantastic vacation that would be!