Ice Spice Earns Two People’s Choice Awards

Ice Spice is the people’s choice… twice!

The 24-year-old half-Dominican American rap sensation claimed the first two People’s Choice Awards trophies of her career at Sunday’s awards show.

Ice SpiceIce Spice claimed the New artist of the year award, as well as the Collaboration song of the year award alongside Nicki Minaj and Aqua for “Barbie World.”

Pedro Pascal picked up the first People’s Choice Award of his career for Male TV star of the year for his starring role in HBO’s The Last of Us.

Jenna Ortega was named Drama movie star of the year, earning her a first-ever People’s Choice Award.

America Ferrera earned the Movie performance of the year award for her acclaimed work in Barbie.

Rachel Zegler picked up her first People’s Choice award, for Action movie star of the year, for her starring role in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.

Selena Gomez picked up her fifth People’s Choice, and her third for starring in Only Murders in the Building, for Female TV star of the year.

Bad Bunny earned his second People Choice Award, this time for Male Latin artist of the year, while Shakira was named Female Latin artist of the year 

Actor and author Simu Liu hosted the show, which aired live on Sunday, February 18) on NBC, Peacock and E! from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 2024 People’s Choice Awards show were produced by Den of Thieves. Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski executive produced.

Here’s the complete list of winners:


Male artist of the year: Jung Kook
Female artist of the year:
Taylor Swift
Male country artist of the year: Jelly Roll
Female country artist of the year: Lainey Wilson
Male Latin artist of the year: Bad Bunny
Female Latin artist of the year: Shakira
Pop artist of the year: Taylor Swift
Hip-hop artist of the year: Nicki Minaj
R&B artist of the year: Beyoncé
New artist of the year: Ice Spice
Group/duo of the year: Stray Kids
Song of the year: Olivia Rodrigo, “Vampire”
Album of the year: Olivia Rodrigo, Guts
Collaboration song of the year: Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice with Aqua, “Barbie World”
Concert tour of the year: Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour


Movie of the year: Barbie
Action movie of the year: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
Comedy movie of the year: Barbie
Drama movie of the year:Oppenheimer
Male movie star of the year: Ryan Gosling, Barbie
Female movie star of the year: Margot Robbie, Barbie
Action movie star of the year: Rachel Zegler, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes
Comedy movie star of the year: Jennifer Lawrence, No Hard Feelings
Drama movie star of the year: Jenna Ortega, Scream VI
Movie performance of the year: America Ferrera, Barbie


Show of the year:Grey’s Anatomy
Comedy show of the year: Only Murders in the Building
Drama show of the year: The Last of Us
Sci-fi/fantasy show of the year: Loki
Reality show of the year: The Kardashians
Competition show of the year: The Voice
Bingeworthy show of the year: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Male TV star of the year: Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
Female TV star of the year: Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building
Comedy TV star of the year: Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
Drama TV star of the year: Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
TV performance of the year: Billie Eilish, Swarm
Reality TV star of the year: Khloé Kardashian, The Kardashians
Competition contestant of the year: Ariana Madix, Dancing With the Stars
Daytime talk show of the year:The Kelly Clarkson Show
Nighttime talk show of the year:The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Host of the year: Jimmy Fallon, That’s My Jam

Pop Culture

Social celebrity of the year: Taylor Swift
Comedy act of the year: Chris Rock, Selective Outrage
Athlete of the year: Travis Kelce

Hometown Héroe: Paducah’s Photography Star Matt Hernandez

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He’s only been shooting professionally for about a year and a half, but Matt Hernandez is well on his way to becoming the next big name in sports photographer, especially with his photo editing techniques in the landscape photography settings space.

Matt Hernandez

The 31-year-old half-Mexican photographer recently claimed the People’s Choice award at the Google+ Photographers Conference in San Francisco with one of his Sports Illustrated-worthy images. Hernandez, who saw all three of his submitted images selected for public voting from more than 200 entries, was one of 18 finalists vying for the peer-determined prize.

“After I entered my work, I didn’t really think about the fact that I could win an award from it; I went for the sole purpose of bettering my work and building my social network,” admits Hernandez. “So it was such an honor to be recognized by my peers, and also by photographers that I look up to!”

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Despite his award-winning skills behind the lens, Hernandez didn’t initially pursue a career in photography. The Paducah, Kentucky-native with a passion for art actually studied graphic design in college.

“It was a natural choice being that I always loved to draw,” says Hernandez, whose work was featured in Graphic Design USA magazine. “I started drawing at an early age, doodling superheroes and Nike shoes as a kid. I actually sent a shoe sketch to Nike and got a letter back from the company. I thought it was the coolest thing ever!”

After graduating from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art, Hernandez moved to Nashville to work as a professional designer.

“I designed print material for Sunday school curriculum, then I moved into the sports industry and began working at Athlon Sports,” recalls Hernandez, who won two consecutive design-related awards from the College Sports Information Directors of America for his work. “I almost didn’t go to my interview for Athlon because I was going to a Notre Dame football game! But I’m glad I did, because the job at Athlon helped me land jobs at IMG and the University of Kentucky Athletic Department.”

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But it wasn’t until after spending seven years working as a professional graphic designer and game-changing move back to his hometown that Hernandez discovered his true calling.

“I was actually planning to start a web design company with my best friend. I had always been interested in photography, so I decided I would take a class while we were getting things settled for our new business venture,” says Hernandez. “I took a photography class at the local community college and when I came home, my wife pointed out how excited I was about it. It was then that I found my true passion for photography.”

To fuel his passion, Hernandez started going to local sporting events and taking action photos to see where it led him.

“I had a parent of one of the football players ask me to do a session for his son and a couple of his friends, and that’s all it took for my photography business to take off,” reveals Hernandez, who now shoots local sports teams, senior and family portraits and some weddings. “I’m doing some work for the local county schools, as well as some local businesses.”

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So what separates Hernandez from other photographers? It could very well be the way he’s been able to merge his creativity behind the camera with his graphic design skills to create awe-inspiring images.

“In the beginning, my Photoshop experience definitely helped me fix errors I made when I was still learning how to work the camera properly,” admits Hernandez. “As a designer, I already had a good sense of composition. And I’m big into composites, so my design background has helped me tremendously in developing composites that are realistic and artistic.”

Since catching the attention of his peers at the Google+ Photographers Conference with his realistically artistic images, Hernandez has seen his star rise, especially on social media pages like Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

“In a sense everyone is viewing these sites, so it’s basically free advertising,” declares Hernandez, who lists Scott Kelby, Jeremy Cowart, Peter Hurley, Joel Grimes and Dean Bradshaw among his favorites photographers. “People really get a feel for your work and your personality through interactions on these sites. If people see that you are a good, down-to-earth person, they want to work with you.”

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So what’s next for Hernandez, who recently conducted one of his most memorable shoots: photographing his one-year-old niece.

“Sports is my passion, so I’m hoping to start attracting clients outside of Paducah,” says Hernandez, who says the favorite part of his job is seeing his clients’ reactions when they see their photos. “My goal is to shift to photographing college and professional athletes, as well as some corporate sports photography.”

With his crazy-cool creativity, award-winning talent and inextinguishable passion, there’s no doubt Hernandez’s work will be featured in Sports Illustrated in the near future.

To see more of Hernandez’s stellar work, visit his website.

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