If you caught the 2012 TV Land Awards, you saw host Kelly Ripa partake in 13 costume changes, from Lucille Ball to Jane Lynch’s Sue Sylvester character on Glee. You heard Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin “bring down the house,” and house band The B-52’s fire up infectious hits like “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster.” And most likely, you felt the deep sense of appreciation that imbued the show.
Indeed, Pee Wee’s Playhouse star Paul Reubens said the night’s secret word was “gratitude.” Back for its 10th anniversary, this year’s show once again paid tribute to the many classic and contemporary TV, music and movie luminaries that we’re grateful for. But it worked both ways: actors who moved on to greater stardom, reunited with cast members from shows past, took the opportunity to acknowledge their roots.
Jim Carrey, for one, reunited with the cast of In Living Color, thanked the show for starting his career. The show also honored and reunited the casts of classic shows including Laverne & Shirley, Murphy Brown and One Day at a Time.
“The ‘TV Land Awards’ 10th Anniversary was such a great night,” said Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. “Every single one of our honorees was thrilled to be reunited with their old friends and cast members.”
John Legend serenaded Aretha Franklin and presented the legendary singer with the Music Icon Award. Franklin’s performance at the show was another highlight.
“Of course, Aretha brought the house down with that amazing voice,” Jones said. “Just like John Travolta said last year, it truly is one of the coolest nights in television.”
You can hear an online exclusive from Franklin’s performance below.