Top US entertainment awards shows in 2011

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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. The following are highlights of some of the biggest US awards shows of 2011.

37th People's Choice Awards
January 5
Los Angeles, California

At the start of awards 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 - People's Choice sees blockbuster movies like The Twilight Saga get honored.;

68th Golden Globes Awards
January 16, 5 pm PT/8 pm ET
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 and will be hosted by British actor and comedian Ricky Gervais.

53rd Grammy Awards
February 13
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 Grammy's 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.

83rd Academy Awards
February 27, 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 film. 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.

15th Webby Awards
May 3 winners announced/June 13 gala
New York, New York

An international prize for the best of the Internet includes websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, mobile and mobile apps. Each of the 70 categories gets a Webby, awarded by the 750-member academy, including David Bowie and Richard Branson, as well as a People's Voice award. Entries come from more than 60 countries and winners have included Google, Twitter, Flickr and iTunes.

65th Tony Awards
June 12
New York, NY

The Tony ceremony recognizes the best of Broadway theater during an annual ceremony 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 and features performances from the nominated shows.

28th MTV Video Music Awards
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. Performances are the hallmark of the event, with memorable having included Madonna's kiss with Britney Spears and Lady Gaga's meat dress. The telecast is live from Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall or a Los Angeles venue.

63rd Emmy Awards

Mid-September, 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 programming, as well as acting and writing. The live telecast is scheduled at the start of the fall season. There are also daytime, regional and international Emmys.