2018 E! People’s Choice Awards: ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Shadowhunters,’ BTS are top winners

November 11, 2018

by Carla Hay

People's Choice Awards

“Avengers: Infinity War” co-stars Danai Gurira, Scarlett Johansson and Pom Klementieff at the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on November 11, 2018. (Photo byTodd Williamson/E! Entertainment)


The Marvel superhero movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” the Freeform sci-fi TV series “Shadowhunters” and Korean boy band BTS were among the biggest winners the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards, which took place Nov. 11 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. E! and other NBCUniversal-owned cable networks the U.S. telecast of the show at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For years, the show previously aired in January on CBS.

With six nominations, “Avengers: Infinity War” was the leading contender going into the ceremony and ended up winning three prizes: Movie of 2018, Action Movie of 2018 and Female Movie Star of 2018 (for Scarlett Johansson).

Write-in votes played a huge role in  BTS and “Shadowhunters” getting nominations.  Four out of the five nominations for the canceled “Shadowhunters,” whose final episodes will premiere in 2019, came from write-in votes. “Shadowhunters” won all four of those awards: Show of 2018; Male TV Star of 2018 (for Harry Shum Jr.); and Female TV Star of 2018 (for Katherine McNamara); and Bingeworthy Show of 2018. BTS won four prizes: Group of 2018 and Social Celebrity of 2018, while the group’s “Idol” received the prizes for Song of 2018 and Video of 2018. BTS did not attend the ceremony but sent a pre-recorded acceptance speech instead.

The show had musical performances from Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora and John Legend. Minaj featuring Tyga performed “Good Form” and Dip,” while Ora sang “Let You Love Me.” Legend performed a piano cover version of U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” after introducing the inaugural prize of People’s Champion of 2018 to activist Bryan Stevenson. Also new this year were the awards for People’s Icon of 2018 (which went to Melissa McCarthy) and the People’s Fashion Icon of 2018 (which went to Victoria Beckham).

Presenters included Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Kat Graham, Darren Criss, Jimmy Fallon, Busy Philipps, Terry Crews, Chrissy Teigen, Jack McBrayer, Ryan Eggold, Sabrina Carpenter, Lil Rel Howery, Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, Alison Janney, Aly Raisman, Taran Killam, Sara Gulbert, Johnny Galecki, Betty Gilpin, Amber Valetta, Camila Mendes, Susan Kelechi Watson, Damon Wayans Jr., Amber Stevens West and Shay Mitchell.

Online voting for the winners took place from Sept. 24 to Oct. 19. As previously reported, there were 13 new categories this year. Complete rules can be found at: https://www.eonline.com/ peoples_choice_awards/rules

The E! People’s Choice Awards were produced by Wilshire Studios and Den of Thieves with executive producers Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager.  

Here’s a breakdown of some of the snubs and surprises, with all the nominees listed at the end of this article.

Here’s the complete list of winners and nominees for the E! People’s Choice Awards.


+=write-in nominee

People’s Icon of 2018
Melissa McCarthy

Fashion Icon of 2018
Victoria Beckham

People’s Champion of 2018
Bryan Stevenson


Movie of 2018
“A Quiet Place”
“Avengers: Infinity War” *
“Black Panther”
“Fifty Shades Freed”
“Incredibles 2”

Comedy Movie of 2018
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“Love, Simon”
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”
“The Spy Who Dumped Me”*

Action Movie of 2018
“Avengers: Infinity War”*
“Black Panther”
“Deadpool 2”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Ocean’s 8”

Drama Movie of 2018
“12 Strong”
“A Quiet Place”
“Fifty Shades Freed”*
“Midnight Sun”
“Red Sparrow”

Family Movie of 2018
“A Wrinkle in Time”
“Christopher Robin”
“Hotel Transylvania 3”
“I Can Only Imagine”
“Incredibles 2″*

Male Movie Star of 2018
Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”*
Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity War”
Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”
Robert Downey Jr., “Avengers: Infinity War”

Female Movie Star of 2018
Anne Hathaway, “Ocean’s 8”
Bryce Dallas Howard, “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom”
Lily James, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”
Sandra Bullock, “Ocean’s 8”
Scarlett Johansson, “Avengers: Infinity War”*

Drama Movie Star of 2018
Chris Hemsworth, “12 Strong”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”
Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Freed”*
Jennifer Lawrence, “Red Sparrow”
John Krasinski, “A Quiet Place”

Comedy Movie Star of 2018
Amanda Seyfried, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”
John Cena, “Blockers”
Melissa McCarthy, “Life of the Party”*
Mila Kunis, “The Spy Who Dumped Me”
Nick Robinson, “Love, Simon”

Action Movie Star of 2018
Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther”
Chris Hemsworth, “Avengers: Infinity War”
Chris Pratt, “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom”
Danai Gurira, “Black Panther”*
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool 2”


Show of 2018
“13 Reasons Why”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Shadowhunters” +*
“This Is Us”

Drama Show of 2018
“13 Reasons Why”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“This Is Us”

Comedy Show of 2018
“Modern Family”
“Orange Is the New Black”*
“The Big Bang Theory”
“The Good Place”

Revival Show of 2018 
“American Idol”
“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”
“One Day at a Time”
“Queer Eye”

Reality Show of 2018
“Chrisley Knows Best”
“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”*
“Queer Eye”
“Vanderpump Rules”

Competition Show of 2018
“America’s Got Talent”
“Big Brother”
“Ellen’s Game of Games”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“The Voice”*

Male TV Star of 2018
Andrew Lincoln, “The Walking Dead”
Cole Sprouse, “Riverdale”
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor”
Harry Shum Jr., “Shadowhunters” +*
Justin Chambers, “Grey’s Anatomy”

Female TV Star of 2018
Camila Mendes, “Riverdale”
Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katherine McNamara, “Shadowhunters” +*
Mandy Moore, “This Is Us”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”

Drama TV Star of 2018
Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
Ellen Pompeo, “Grey’s Anatomy”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
KJ Apa, “Riverdale”
Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”*

Comedy TV Star of 2018
Donald Glover, “Atlanta”
Drew Barrymore, “Santa Clarita Diet”
Jim Parsons, “Big Bang Theory”*
Kristen Bell, “The Good Place”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Daytime Talk Show of 2018
“Live With Kelly and Ryan”
“Red Table Talk”
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”*
“The Real”

Nighttime Talk Show of 2018
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“The Late Late Show With James Corden”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”*
“Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen”

Competition Contestant of 2018 
Brynn Cartelli, “The Voice”
Cody Nickson, “The Amazing Race”
Eva Igo, “World of Dance”
Maddie Poppe, “American Idol”*
Nikki Bella, “Dancing With the Stars”

Reality TV Star of 2018 
Antoni Porowski, “Queer Eye”
Joanna Gaines, “Fixer Upper”
Khloe Kardashian, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”*
Nikki Bella, “Total Bellas”
Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”

Bingeworthy Show of 2018 
“13 Reasons Why”
“Outlander” +
“Queer Eye”
“Shadowhunters” +*

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018
“The Expanse”
“The Originals”
“Wynonna Earp” +*


Male Artist of 2018
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran
Keith Urban
Shawn Mendes*

Female Artist of 2018
Ariana Grande
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj*
Taylor Swift

Group of 2018
5 Seconds of Summer
Panic! At the Disco
Super Junior +
Twenty One Pilots

Song of 2018
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande
“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
“Idol,” BTS +*
“Back to You,” Selena Gomez
“In My Blood,” Shawn Mendes

Album of 2018
Sweetener, Ariana Grande
Camila, Camila Cabello
Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B
Queen, Nicki Minaj*
Shawn Mendes, Shawn Mendes

Country Artist of 2018
Blake Shelton*
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban
Luke Bryan
Thomas Rhett

Latin Artist of 2018
Bad Bunny
Becky G
J Balvin

Music Video of 2018 
“No Tears Left to Cry,” Ariana Grande
“Idol,” BTS +*
“Never Be the Same,” Camila Cabello
“This Is America,” Childish Gambino
“Back to You,” Selena Gomez
Concert Tour of 2018 
On the Run II Tour, Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Piece of Me Tour, Britney Spears
Witness Tour, Katy Perry
Super Show 7, Super Junior +
Reputation Tour, Taylor Swift*


Social Star of 2018
Amanda Cerny
Jenna Marbles
Lele Pons
Shane Dawson*
The Dolan Twins

Beauty Influencer of 2018 
Bretman Rock
Brooklyn and Bailey
Jackie Aina
James Charles*

Social Celebrity of 2018 
Chrissy Teigen
Ellen DeGeneres
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

Animal Star of 2018 
April the Giraffe
Cole & Marmalade
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund*
Gone to the Snow Dogs
Lil Bub

Comedy Act of 2018 
Ali Wong
Amy Schumer
Kevin Hart*
Marlon Wayans
Tiffany Haddish

Style Star of 2018 
Blake Lively
Emma Watson
Harry Styles*

Game Changer of 2018  (Category for athletes who made a social/professional impact)
Aly Raisman
Colin Kaepernick
Cristiano Ronaldo
Nia Jax
Serena Williams*

Pop Podcast of 2018 
“Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith”
“Anna Faris Is Unqualified”
“Chicks in the Office”
“The Ladygang”
“Scrubbing In With Becca Tilley & Tanya Rad”*