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People's Choice awards 2014: Jennifer Hudson's speech steals the show (Video)

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The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards aired on Jan. 8, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. 2 Broke Girls co-stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs hosted the CBS event honoring fan favorites in movies, music and television, and the evening featured musical performances by acts such as One Republic, Sara Bareilles and Brad Paisley.

People's Choice Awards 2014: Jennifer Hudson Gives Touching Speech in Amazing Dress

Before the awards show even got underway, actress Jennifer Hudson became the very first People’s Choice Awards 2014 winner. (Find a complete list of winners linked below!) Hudson took home the early prize for Favorite Humanitarian, an honor bestowed upon her for her work founding and running the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, a youth foundation she established in 2008 after the tragic murder of her young nephew. "There's healing in each and every smile. I feel so powerful making a difference in someone else's life," Hudson said of her humanitarian work in a video montage.

Hudson's acceptance speech later in the night was easily the most touching of this year's ceremony. Watch video of Jennifer Hudson's People's Choice Awards speech here. The honey-voiced singer and actress also got nods for her People's Choice dress, landing on several best dressed lists.

The two-hour awards show opened with Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs doing a star-studded skit on the 2 Broke Girls set; cameos by celebrities such as Christina Aguilera and Bryan Cranston brought applause and cheers from the Nokia Theatre audience. Next, the entire audience ended up getting served burgers at the end of the girls' semi-awkward opening bit.

Then, it was down to business. In between awards being handed out, there was banter between the presenters that often fell flat; Heidi Klum flubbed her turn so bad, we can't even remember who her co-presenter was! It was painful, but thankfully brief. If you missed any of the fun, you can find a complete list of the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards 2014 winners here.

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