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People's Choice Awards: 2006 Wins Big At 2008 Ceremony Celebrating 2007's Music

January 9, 2008 11:22 AM ET

The people have spoken, and they've decided a song from 2006 is the best song of 2007. At last night's People's Choice Awards, which was essentially Queen Latifah standing among an army of HDTVs on a sound stage (thank you writer's strike), Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around ... Comes Around" won Favorite Pop Song, even though the song's album FutureSex/LoveSounds was released back in September 2006. Timberlake beat out Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" (off of 2006's The Dutchess) and Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" (off 2006's B-Day) to win the award. Three songs in the category; the people really had a choice. Timberlake also brought home the Favorite Male Singer trophy, while other winners included Gwen Stefani (Favorite Female Singer), Timbaland's "Give It To Me" (Favorite Hip-Hop Song) and the Police, who edged Van Halen and Genesis in the much-lusted-over Favorite Reunion category. In other PCA news, Rihanna is looking more comfortable talking on camera, as evidenced in her lightning-quick acceptance speech following her Favorite R&B Song for "Shut Up & Drive," which you can watch above.

It's hard to put much stock in the People's Choice Awards, or its voters. This is the same awards show that has a category for both Favorite Leading Man and Favorite Male Movie Star. This is also an award show that handed Robin Williams 2007's Favorite Male Funny Star, even though Williams hasn't been funny since 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, and named Pirates of the Caribbean 3 both Favorite Movie and Favorite Threequel, despite already winning Peter Travers' trophy for The Michael Bay Award For Worst Soul-Sucking, Dumb-Ass Bottom Feeder. Three cheers to our current Rolling Stone cover boy Johnny Depp, who was named Favorite Male Movie Star for his work on the aforementioned Pirates and the much-more-acclaimed Sweeney Todd.

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