It was announced this week that acclaimed actor Simu Liu has been selected to host the iconic 2024 People’s Choice Awards. As the first Asian host of the PCAs, Liu joins an esteemed group of previous hosts like Dwayne Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and Queen Latifah.
The People’s Choice Awards recognize fan favorites across movies, TV, music and pop culture. This year’s nominees feature A-list stars like Taylor Swift, Chris Hemsworth and Zendaya alongside buzzy titles like Barbie, Only Murders in the Building and Oppenheimer.
In a statement, Liu promised he would not make jokes at the expense of Taylor Swift while hosting the awards show. This appears to be a reference to standup comedian Jo Koy’s divisive joke about Swift at the recent Golden Globe Awards.
This year’s PCA nominees showcase the immense popularity of 2024 fan favorites across entertainment genres. Barbie leads with 9 total nominations, including Movie of 2024. Swift earned nods for Female Artist of 2024 and Country Artist of 2024 on the heels of her record-breaking Midnights album. And Hemsworth is up for Action Movie Star of 2024 following his box office smash hit Thor: Love and Thunder.
| Movie of 2024 | Barbie, Bullet Train, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elvis, Jurassic World Dominion, Nope, The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Top Gun: Maverick
| TV Show of 2024 | Abbott Elementary, Better Call Saul, Grey’s Anatomy, House of the Dragon, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Saturday Night Live, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Yellowstone
The full list of 102 nominees across 40 categories represents the diversity of stories and creators that resonated with audiences this past year.
Liu’s selection as 2024 People’s Choice Awards host has been met with widespread enthusiasm. As the star of last year’s breakout hit Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Liu has proven his charisma and wit on a global stage.
NBC Asian America reacted positively to the news, emphasizing the significance of Liu helming a major mainstream awards show:
By tapping the “Shang-Chi” lead, organizers made a bold choice that breaks the mold and promotes Asian American representation in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, fans and industry peers alike took to social media to congratulate Liu and express excitement about his hosting gig:
Simu is going to CRUSH IT as the @peopleschoice host!!! 👏
And how symbolic that the 1st Asian host will be leading the Awards that are 100% driven by the fans?! I love it. 🥰
— Greice Santo (@greicesanto) January 11, 2024
— Henry Golding (@henrygolding) January 12, 2024
The 2024 People’s Choice Awards ceremony will air simultaneously on NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 6 at 9pm ET/PT. As viewers tune in to see if favorites like Top Gun: Maverick and Stranger Things take home awards, all eyes will be on host Simu Liu and his signature charismatic presenting style. And Liu will likely have some surprises up his sleeve as well.
This year’s PCAs represent a major milestone with Simu Liu at the helm. It highlights the remarkable rise of Asian representation in western entertainment and sets the stage for even more progress to come. And if social media reaction is any indication, Liu is set to shine in his debut as People’s Choice Awards host this December.
So let us know in the comments—will Barbie take home the night’s biggest award? Which actor or actress are you rooting for? And what antics would you like to see from Simu Liu as this year’s host?
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