People's Choice Awards 2012: Katy Perry, Rihanna & Demi Lovato Win Big
People's Choice Awards 2012: Katy Perry, Rihanna & Demi Lovato Win Big

5/7 for the 'E.T.' Singer... Demi in an Upset... Rihanna Bests Chris Brown

K aty Perry made her presence felt at the 2012 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan. 11). Never mind that she wasn't even there. The "Firework" singer earned five trophies at the annual fan-driven affair, including favorite female artist and music video, for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).

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Perry also grabbed favorite tour headliner, favorite song ("E.T.") and to round things out she even won favorite TV guest star for her cameo on the CBS hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother."

She was up for seven awards, spanning music, film and TV, but canceled ( in a tweet) two days before the ceremony. It would've been her first public appearance since the announcement of her divorce from actor and comedian Russell Brand and possibly could have helped the star in her quest to score her sixth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Meanwhile, Bruno Mars was honored with favorite male artist, besting Justin Bieber and Blake Shelton, among others.

Early on Demi Lovato, in a shock red dress and surrounded by a Cheap Trick-inspired checkerboard set, delivered a rousing performance of her single "Give Your Heart a Break." She then won favorite pop artist, in a surprise, besting music royalty Beyonce, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Lovato was the only nominee who attended (free pass, Beyonce).

Almost immediately a Twitter hashtag emerged -- "Congrats Demi" -- to toast the singer. "Demi just beat Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Beyonce ..... Is she irrelevant now …?" asked @ibeliebnmemi.

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" went on to win the favorite album of the year nod at the bash, held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Other genre favorites included Eminem, for hip-hop and Taylor Swift, for country. Fellow country superstar Faith Hill was one of the few musical performers of the night and she delivered a moving performance of her current single, "Come Home."

Rihanna, who just announced her next single will be "Talk That Talk," was deemed favorite R&B artist by voters, topping her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown in a bit of unintentional justice. It was a good day for the Barbados-born singer: her "We Found Love" notched its ninth week atop the Hot 100.

Maroon 5 took home favorite band. Lead singer Adam Levine, who is prone to controversial statements on Twitter, kept it simple in his acceptance speech. "This is incredible," he said. "Our fans are the greatest on Earth."

Film and TV categories garnered the majority of attention throughout the night, as is normally the case with the People's Choice Awards, but like previous years there was some crossover among the winners.

"Glee" star Lea Michele bubbled over when she was awarded favorite TV comedy actress, giving all the "Rachel Barrys" of the world a shoutout. "I want to dedicate this to my amazing cast -- my glee club. I'm an only child, and now I have 11 other siblings," she said. "This is for our fans. 'Glee' would be nothing without you guys. This is thanks to you. We're all Rachel Barrys out there, so this ones for you."

Jane Lynch was also up for the award, but the FOX series, about a glee club called New Directions, failed to take home additional hardware throughout the night.

In the favorite TV competition category, the newly revamped "American Idol" outdid "Dancing With the Stars" and "The Voice."

Head on over to The Hollywood Reporter for a full rundown of the non-music winners.

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