SANTA MONICA, Calif. – As other red carpets were canceled because of the fires continuing to rage in California, the People's Choice Awards show went on as planned Sunday night. Beauty influencers, podcasters, TV personalities and only a few big stars walked the carpet at the smoky, tented Barker Hangar to salute fans' favorites on E!'s live telecast. (More A-listers would pop up at the show later.)
"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, one of the more recognizable names seen before the award show, explained why he showed up for the event, which took place less than 40 miles from where the Woolsey Fire burned and a dozen people were killed in country-music bar shooting just days prior.
"People need entertainment and that’s our jobs," Fallon told USA TODAY on the PCA red carpet. "And so we’re here to put on a show and entertain people. If I can just for one second get your mind off your problems and make you laugh a little bit, then I’m doing my job."
. @jimmyfallon was one of the few big stars on the #PCAs carpet. He talked about why he was there (aside from the fact that it’s an NBC show). pic.twitter.com/Z9AFbjWanF
— Carly Mallenbaum (@ThatGirlCarly) November 12, 2018 He talked about how some of his friends living in Malibu have lost their homes because of the fires.
"It’s heartbreaking," he said. "Thankfully, they’re safe and thank God for these firefighters."
"GLOW" star Betty Gilpin, who presented an award with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" veteran Terry Crews, called the fire "a disaster of staggering magnitude," adding, "Thanks to all the firefighters and first responders who are on the front lines."
During her acceptance speech for the People's Icon Award, Melissa McCarthy also took the time out to recognize the people affected by the flames.
"Please keep the victims, volunteers and firefighters in your hearts and any donations to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation ... will be put to good use and will make a difference," McCarthy said.
Victoria Beckham began her Fashion Icon Award acceptance speech by showing love to the first responders, saying she wanted to "add my admiration for the firefighters who are doing such an incredible job."
Danai Gurira, star of "Black Panther" and "The Walking Dead," recognized people who have lost their homes in the fire as well as the people fighting it: "The devastation that people are going through right now out there, we are with you. To the first responders, your courage your bravery what you do to serve those out there who need you, thank you for what you do."
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The stars come out to shine at the 2018 People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Jimmy Fallon takes over the shot while Christina Hendricks, (back L-R),Retta and Mae Whitman stand amused on the red carpet. Click ahead to see more celebs. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Mila Kunis Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen "Crazy Rich Asians'" Harry Shum Jr., nominee for The Male TV Star of 2018, and his wife Shelby Rabara pose with their baby bump! JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Elle Ferguson Steve Granitz/WireImage Fullscreen Erin Lim Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen "The Real's" Jeannie Mai Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Kat Graham Steve Granitz/WireImage Fullscreen Mila Kunis Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Victoria Beckham Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen Rita Ora Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Amber Stevens West and Damon Wayans, Jr. JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Johnny Galecki and guest. 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Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Olympian Aly Raisman Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen TV personality Becca Tilley, left, and radio personality Tanya Rad Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen Katie Maloney and Tom Schwartz Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen Tyga Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Siri Pinter and hubby Carson Daly Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Bárbara Evans Steve Granitz/WireImage Fullscreen Rita Ora Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen Luke Baines Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Shay Mitchell JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Christian Acosta Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Ariana Madix Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen James Kennedy Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen "Big Brother" alums Jessica Graf, Cody Nickson and their baby bump Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen "Vanderpump Rules'" Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Fullscreen Camila Mendes Steve Granitz/WireImage Fullscreen Alberto Rosende Steve Granitz/WireImage Fullscreen Twins Brie Bella, left, and Nikki Bella Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca King-Crews Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Fullscreen Maddie Poppe JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Lala Kent JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Busy Philipps JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Amber Valletta JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Katherine McNamara Jon Kopaloff, FilmMagic Fullscreen Nikki Bella Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Christian Acosta Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Busy Philipps JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX, AFP/Getty Images Fullscreen Ryan Eggold Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Tim Rozon Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Bailey McKnight and Brooklyn McKnight Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Sabrina Carpenter Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Isaiah Mustafa Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Nikki Bella Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Jessica Graf and baby bump Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Renee Bargh Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Tyler Henry Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Danai Gurira Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Manu Gavassi Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Dominic Sherwood Steve Granitz, WireImage, Fullscreen Erin Lim Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images Fullscreen Katherine Barrell, left, Emily Andras, Tim Rozon, and Melanie Scrofano, of "Wynonna Earp" hit the red carpet. 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