'Avengers', Adam Levine lead People's Choice nominations

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Reuters) - "The Avengers" led the movie

nominations for the annual People's Choice Awards on Thursday in

a field packed with action films, while Maroon 5 and frontman

Adam Levine won six nods in music and television categories.

Justin Bieber, Channing Tatum - People magazine's latest

"sexiest man alive" - and actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Emma

Stone also received multiple nominations for the only Hollywood

awards show covering film, music and television that is voted on

entirely by the public.

The People's Choice Awards ceremony, set for Jan. 9, is the

first in the busy Hollywood awards season, which culminates with

the coveted Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

Summer blockbuster "The Avengers" won eight nominations

including favorite movie, favorite action movie, and multiple

nods for its stars Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway, Scarlett

Johansson and Chris Hemsworth.

It will compete with superhero movies "The Amazing

Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises", fantasy film "Snow

White and the Huntsman" and futuristic thriller "The Hunger

Games" for favorite movie.

The last of the popular "Twilight" films - "Breaking

Dawn-Part 2" - released this week, did not fall within the

eligibility period for the People's Choice Awards.

But its avid "Twi-hards" picked up a nomination for favorite

movie fan following, along with those of "Harry Potter", "The

Lord of the Rings", "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Hunger

Games".

In music, Adam Levine leapt to the top of the pile on the

back of his stint as a judge on TV singing contest "The Voice".

Maroon 5 won nominations for favorite band, song, album, and

music video, while Levine was nominated for celebrity judge -

along with Christina Aguilera and new "X Factor" judges Britney

Spears and Demi Lovato. "The Voice" was among the contenders for

competition TV show.

On the small screen, network comedies "The Big Bang Theory"

and "Glee" face off against "Modern Family", while "Gossip

Girl", "Grey's Anatomy" and "Grimm" are among the TV drama

nominees.

The nominees were chosen by the votes of more than 93

million fans. Voting for the winners in all 48 categories begins

on Thursday on website www.PeoplesChoice.com, where a complete

list of nominations can be found.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Patricia Reaney and

Dale Hudson)

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