NBC & Dick Clark Productions Announces PEOPLE MAGAZINE AWARDS Best of 2014

Time Inc.'s PEOPLE, the world's most popular magazine and celebrity brand reaching more than 59 million consumers each week, is teaming up with NBC and dick clark productions, the world's largest producer and proprietor of live television events, for "The PEOPLE Magazine Awards," a star-studded event special and snapshot of the year in pop culture.

The two-hour special will broadcast live on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 9 P.M. ET/PT, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The night will include performances from 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5.

Celebrities scheduled to appear include Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton and Jennifer Lopez. Additional talent will be announced soon.

5 Seconds of Summer released their self-titled debut album in July 2014. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and logged the biggest first-week U.S. sales of any new artist debut of 2014. It has topped the iTunes charts in 76 countries and, in five short months, has sold more than two million units worldwide. The band have just announced their upcoming live album "LIVESOS" to be released December 15. The band received five awards at the 2014 MTV European Music Awards, including Best New Artists, and took home the MTV Video Music Award for Best Lyric Video for "Don't Stop."

Selling more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5's releases have gone gold and platinum in more than 35 countries. The band quickly won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, "Songs About Jane," and their double platinum release, "It Won't be Soon Before Long." In 2010, the band debuted their third studio album, "Hands All Over," which featured the group's anthemic chart-topping smash single "Moves Like Jagger." The song has since gone on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time. Maroon 5's last album, "Overexposed," reinforced the group's status as a powerhouse in popular music with all of its singles rising to the top of the charts and setting an all-time record for the most #1s (six in total) by a group in the Top 40 chart's 20-year history. The group's latest release, "V," debuted at #1 on Billboard's TOP 200 chart and features the hit singles "Maps" and "Animals," which just hit #1 on the Top 40 chart.

Viewers and readers across the country will have the opportunity to participate in the fan-voted award, Best PEOPLE Magazine Cover of the Year. Tweet your pick with the hashtag #PEOPLEMagazineAwards. Voting has begun, and will continue through week of show.

"The PEOPLE Magazine Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Barry Adelman from dick clark productions are Executive Producers, along with Carol Donovan and Michael Dempsey.

"The PEOPLE Magazine Awards" are sponsored by L'Oréal Paris and Kohl's.

"The PEOPLE Magazine Awards" homepage can be found at: http://www.dickclark.com/shows/people-magazine-awards/

For the latest "PEOPLE Magazine Awards" news, exclusive content and more, be sure to follow PEOPLE Magazine on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #PEOPLEMAGAZINEAwards.

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About PEOPLE

Time Inc.'s PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism in 1974. Each week, the PEOPLE brand brings more than 59 million consumers the latest news, exclusive interviews and in-depth reporting on the most compelling people of our time. In addition to unparalleled access to the entertainment community, the stories of real-life "Heroes Among Us" remain an essential component of PEOPLE's editorial approach. PEOPLE.com is the premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style and entertainment coverage. With reporters across the globe, PEOPLE is headquartered in New York City. For more information visit www.PEOPLE.com.

About dick clark productions

dick clark productions (dcp) is among the world's largest producers and proprietors of televised live event programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the "American Music Awards," "Golden Globe Awards," "Academy of Country Music Awards," "Billboard Music Awards," and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." Weekly television programming, includes "So You Think You Can Dance" from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dick clark productions; as well as "Rising Star" and the upcoming "Boom!" from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dick clark productions (dcp). In 2014, dcp will debut the "American Country Countdown Awards" (FOX), "Hollywood Film Awards (CBS) and "The PEOPLE Magazine Awards" (NBC). dcp also owns one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of dcp's award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances, and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

About NBC Entertainment

NBC Entertainment develops and schedules programming for the network's primetime, late-night, and daytime schedules. NBC's quality programs and balanced lineup have earned the network critical acclaim, numerous awards and ratings success. The network finished the 2013-14 season as No. 1 in the 18-49 demo for the first time in 10 years. NBC has earned more Emmy Awards than any network in television history. NBC's roster of popular scripted comedies includes the critically acclaimed "Parks and Recreation" and "About a Boy," as well as new comedies "A to Z," "Bad Judge" and "Marry Me." NBC's drama slate is highlighted by "The Blacklist," veteran series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," fan favorites "Parenthood," "Grimm," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D.," as well as its new fall series "Constantine," "The Mysteries of Laura" and "State of Affairs." Unscripted series for NBC include the Emmy Award-winning musical competition hit "The Voice" as well as "The Biggest Loser," "Hollywood Game Night" and the perennial #1 most-watched summer series, "America's Got Talent."



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