'Tis the Season - the Awards Season, That Is

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LA's jolliest time of year may be when the trophies are presented

LOS ANGELES—No metropolis other than LA can lay claim to the concept of "Awards Season," when the best in entertainment get kudos from their peers, and the general public gets an opportunity to check out the celebs in person, whether at the ceremonies or outside on the red carpet. The good thing is that Awards Season is a lengthy one, usually spanning from Emmy Awards in the fall through the Oscars on the cusp of spring. Here's the scoop on how to mix in some red carpet with LA's legendarily blue skies. The envelope, please…

American Music Awards (Nov. 18): Unlike a lot of the ceremonies later on in the season, the American Music Awards, which take place at Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE, actually sells tickets to the public via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), with ticket prices ranging from $95 to $2,200. Folks can also apply to be a seat filler at the AMAs through www.seatfiller.com. And those who get in are in for a treat, with performing artists ranging from country star Taylor Swift to alternative heroes Linkin Park to however you want to categorize Nicki Minaj. ABC will broadcast. 818.460.7758. www.ama.abc.com

People's Choice Awards (Jan. 9): Ring in the New Year with the People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE. True to its name, the ceremony also sells tickets to the public on Ticketmaster, with prices within the relatively modest range of $60 to $170, while seat-filling opportunities through www.seatfiller.com are also available. "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco does the hosting honors, while more than 40 awards will be given out to various luminaries. CBS broadcasts. 310.461.0111. www.peopleschoice.com

Golden Globe Awards (Jan. 13): In true Hollywood fashion, the Golden Globes are an invitation-only event. And folks who want an up-close-and-personal view of those making the grand entrances can grab a seat in the bleachers outside the Beverly Hilton, but only if they book a room at the hotel. Either way, the awards are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press and are a pretty good indicator of how the Oscar race will shape up. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will co-host, while NBC broadcasts. 310.822.9300. www.goldenglobes.org

Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards (Jan. 27): More than a dozen awards to television and film performers will be given out during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which have been given out since 1985. The SAG Awards can be attended via ticket only by SAG and AFTRA members, though www.seatfiller.com gives others a chance to be a seat-filler. And folks who want to get a close-up view of the celebs can enter an auction for bleacher tickets that takes place from Jan. 3 – 13. More information can be found at sagfoundation.org. The ceremony will take place at the Shrine Auditorium and will be broadcast by TBS and TNT. 323.549.6707. www.sagawards.com

Grammy Awards (Feb. 10): The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will give music junkies and awards aficionados alike something to sing about. The ceremony is an invitation-only affair, but celebrity viewing is available in the bleacher seats outside STAPLES Center. In fact, 2012 marked the first year that the public could bid on bleacher seats through Grammy Charity Online Auctions, with proceeds benefitting MusicCares and the Grammy Foundation, though the deadline for that process was in late September. Additionally, a stone's throw away is the Grammy Museum, which provides additional opportunities for music fans to satiate their recording-history cravings. Admission to the museum is $12.95. Additionally, CBS broadcasts. 310.392.3777. www.grammy.org

Film Independent Spirit Awards (Feb. 23): LA may have a long history of awards ceremonies, but there's nothing traditional about the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which takes place under a rather lavish tent at Santa Monica Beach. Other than entertainment-industry members and sponsors, the ceremony is closed to the public, though will be broadcast on IFC. 310.432.1240. www.filmindependent.org

Academy Awards (Feb. 24): The Academy Awards have reigned as the awards-show supreme since the first Oscars ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt in 1929. Those wanting to soak up the glamour – the show itself is invitation-only – can do far worse than grabbing a bleacher seat right on Hollywood Boulevard and witness the stars before they walk into the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre and possibly into film immortality. Go to http://www.oscars.org/insider/ and sign up for the lottery where tickets for the approximately 700 bleacher seats are doled out for those who sign up between late September and mid-November (this year's deadline was Nov. 16). And for those who can't get enough of the Hollywood vibe – either in real or facsimile form – both the Hollywood Museum and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum are within a camera flash's distance of the Dolby. Seth MacFarlane hosts the 2013 Oscars, which will be broadcast by ABC. 310.247.3000. www.oscars.org

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