Pop superstar Christina Aguilera has kicked off the new year with a new award for her trophy case. "The Voice" mentor was presented with the 2013 "People's Voice" award at Wednesday's People's Choice Awards, which recognized her outstanding achievements in the music industry. (In case you've been texting under a rock, the five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 40 million albums, spawning a bevy of hit singles and making her one of the hottest stars on the planet.)
During her acceptance speech, Aguilera gave a special shout out to "The Voice" executive producer Mark Burnett, whom she said introduced her to "a new chapter" in her life.
"Mark Burnett, you are truly a class act," she said. "You mean so much to me, I so look up to you and appreciate you in my life."
But while XTina may have been the belle of the ball (not only did she win a majorly coveted award, but she performed during the show, as well), one of her "The Voice" cohorts also got a PCA nod. Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5, took home their own blingy Waterford crystal trophy for Favorite Band, beating out heavy hitters like Green Day, Linkin Park, No Doubt, and Train.
It raises the question, does being a reality show judge give a performer an edge on an awards show that is voted for entirely by fans? Because let's face it, reality TV exposure puts a star in fans' faces in a big way -- sometimes multiple times a week. Freshman "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj was even recently quoted as saying she's afraid of becoming "too famous…being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week," as she gets set to appear on "Idol's" multiple weekly episodes. (Whoops, too late: Minaj won the PCA for Best Hip Hop Artist and an "Idol" episode hasn't even aired yet!)
And then there's Ellen DeGeneres. This year, the onetime "American Idol" judge earned her 13th PCA for Favorite Daytime TV Host. Sure, most people know and love her from her daily talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" -- which is what she won for, of course -- but did her short "Idol" reign garner her a following of new fans? It definitely didn't hurt.
And let's not forget Blake Shelton. Also a "Voice" mentor, the country star definitely has his own voice, but his newfound reality TV fame hasn't hurt his record sales or his fan base. At the 39th People's Choice Awards, Shelton found himself among some unusual competition in the Favorite Male Artist category. The county music star was sandwiched amid Chris Brown, Jason Mraz, Justin Bieber, and Usher. Mraz took home the gold, but it's a testament to Shelton's popularity that he was even up against Mr. Mraz and the Beliebers.
Okay, with that said, maybe the reality TV judge theory isn't foolproof. "The X Factor" judge Demi Lovato fell short of nabbing the Favorite Music Fan Following category, as well. That honor went to Katy Perry. Oh well, guess you can't mess with those Katycats.