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Top US entertainment award shows in 2012

The performers and professionals in the worlds of film, television, music and theater are honored for outstanding achievements by their peers and the public in annual award shows that roll out throughout the year.

hollywood Updated: Dec 26, 2011 19:30 IST
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The performers and professionals in the worlds of film, television, music and theater are honored for outstanding achievements by their peers and the public in annual award shows that roll out throughout the year. Here are highlights of some of the biggest events.

38th People's Choice Awards
January 11
Los Angeles, California

At the start of award season, the public weighs in on favorite actors, films, television, and music with a live telecast recognizing entertainers whom fans vote for online. An alternative to the Golden Globes, Oscars and Grammy awards, for which industry insiders determine the winners, the People's Choice Awards see blockbuster movies like The Twilight Saga get honored. Live telecast at 9 pm ET on CBS-TV. Live red carpet streaming on website at 8 pm ET.

69th Golden Globes Awards
January 15
Beverly Hills, California

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association presents the Golden Globes to the best in film and television in a live telecast to 160 countries. The flashiest in a series of critics' events, the ceremony is set at a festive dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel at 8 pm ET and will be hosted by British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais. It is a prelude to Oscars but includes television and films and voted on by critics, not industry peers.

54th Grammy Awards
February 12
Los Angeles, California

This celebrated award for musical artists is voted on by the recording industry, covering a wide spectrum of genres, from classical and jazz to pop, rock, hip-hop, country and Latin. The televised live event features a range of performances by nominees. The top awards available to all genres are Album of the Year, Record of the Year for the best song, Song of the Year to the writer/composer, and Best New Artist. The equivalent to Canada's Juno Awards and the UK's Brit Awards. Telecasts at 8 pm ET with live red carpet coverage streaming online at 7 pm ET.

84th Academy Awards
February 26, 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET
Hollywood, California

Also known as the Oscars, the iconic ceremony is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honor excellence in films and among its professionals. The oldest and most revered film awards show is televised live from the Kodak Theatre in more than 200 countries and viewed by up to 55 million. The membership consists of industry peers who vote for acting, writing, music, technical categories, animated, documentary, shorts and foreign language films, directing and the ultimate prize for Best Picture. The BAFTA Awards are the British equivalent to this Hollywood tradition.

15th Webby Awards
Spring (usually in May)
New York, NY

An international prize for the best of the internet includes websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile and mobile apps. Each of the 70 categories gets a Webby, awarded by the 750-member academy, as well as a People's Voice award. More than 10,000 entries from over 60 countries generate 750 million media impressions. Famous five-word acceptance speeches are shown in a televised event a couple of weeks following the ceremony.

66th Tony Awards
June
New York, NY

The Tony ceremony recognizes the best of Broadway theater, presenting awards for categories such as plays and musicals, acting, direction, costumes, scenic design, music, choreography, and revival. The equivalent to Britain's Laurence Olivier Award, the Tony show is telecast live from the Beacon Theater and features performances from the nominated shows.

29th MTV Video Music Awards
September 9
New York or Los Angeles

Also called the VMAs, this show presents awards for the top music videos of the year. Categories include music genres from rock to hip-hop, male and female artists, bands and directors, plus a Vanguard award. Memorable appearances and outrageous performances are the hallmark of the event. The telecast is live from Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall or a Los Angeles venue.

64th Emmy Awards
September 23, 5 pm PT/ 8pm ET
Los Angeles, California

Referred to as the Oscars of television, the ceremony presents awards for excellence in primetime entertainment on broadcast and satellite networks. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the best programs in drama, comedy, variety, reality and children's, as well as acting and writing. The live telecast is scheduled at 8 pm ET with the red carpet an hour before. There are also daytime, regional and international Emmys.

40th American Music Awards
November
Los Angeles, California

The American Music Awards, a fan-based show with online voting, selects "favorites" across a range of musical genres including pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop and Latin. The show is telecast live from the Nokia Theatre with live red carpet coverage to stream live online for fans an hour before. Similar to the People's Choice Awards but limited to music, and unlike the Grammy Awards, which is voted on by industry peers.