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Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Jonas Brothers KCA.jpg
The Jonas Brothers performing at the 2009 show.
Format Award show
Created by Alan Goodman
Albie Hecht
Fred Seibert
Starring various hosts (see below)
Country of origin United StatesUnited States
Running time Approx. 90-120 min. including commercials
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run March 1, 1988 – present
Preceded by The Big Ballot
External links
Official website

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCA's, is an annual awards show, which airs live and is usually held and telecast live (tape delayed for West Coast) on a Saturday night in late March or early April (since 2006, the former has become more of the case), that honours the year's biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by the people who watch the Nickelodeon cable channel. Winners receive an orange Nick blimp.

The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. In recent years, slime stunts have been incorporated into the show. The KCA's also host live musical entertainment. It has also been known to overwhelmingly cover people with green liquid (slime). Britney Spears has won the most KCA awards. Rosie O'Donnell has hosted the most KCA awards.



Alan Goodman, Albie Hecht and Fred Seibert started the awards show as The Big Ballot in 1986, named for the ballots kids voted with. To vote , the viewers would send in ballots and then before the show the ballots would be counted and the winners would tape a thank you video that would show during the show. In 1988, it was renamed the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, and made it to a live award show. Now, it is possible to vote online at

In 1990, the now-familiar orange nick blimp award was introduced. Previously, the Kids' Choice Award was a gold statue shaped to look like a beret-wearing kid standing up with his right leg crossed and holding up a long orange stick, with the word "Nickelodeon" inscribed on it. Now that Nickelodeon has a new logo, the orange blimp is now branded with the new logo.

The 2009 KCAs featured a new award called "The Big Green Help Award" (green version of the blimp) which goes to the celebrity who goes above and beyond to help the environment. The inaugural award was presented to Leonardo DiCaprio.

Unlike any other award show, the Kids' Choice Awards uses other things instead of envelopes. The show sometimes uses balloons, T-shirts, models, giant letters, and even a foot (2008). In contrast to the trend of declining ratings for awards shows, the Kids' Choice Awards has gone from strength to strength, setting new ratings records each of the past four years (2005-2009).

2010 marks the first time Canadian kids can vote for the award show because of the cable channel Nickelodeon being newly available in Canada.


Categories in italics indicate past awards.

1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Favorite Movie Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Favorite Movie Actor Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes
Favorite Movie Actress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Favorite TV Show No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Favorite TV Actor No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Favorite TV Actress No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Favorite Cartoon No No No No Yes No No Yes
Favorite Male Singer No Yes No No No No No No
Favorite Female Singer Yes Yes No No No No No No
Favorite Song Yes Yes No No No No No No
Favorite Male Athlete No Yes No Yes No No No No
Favorite Female Athlete No Yes No No No No No No
Favorite Video Game No No No No No No No No
Favorite Sports Team No Yes No No No No No No
Hall of Fame Award No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorite Animal Star No No No No No No No Yes


Finishing up with the "Orange Carpet" for the Kids' Choice Awards out side of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA campus

The Kids' Choice Awards are typically held in Los Angeles, California. They have been held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, the Hollywood Bowl, the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, and Universal Studios in Universal City, California, but mostly at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. The 2009 show telecasted live (tape delayed for West Coast) from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00 PM (ET) to 9:30 PM. After that, it was followed by the debut of The Penguins of Madagascar.

The 2010 awards will be telecast live (tape delayed for West Coast) from the Pauley Pavilion at UCLA on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 8:00-9:30 PM/ET[1], followed by the debut of the sitcom Victorious. Kevin James has been named the host of the telecast.



There was no host in 1986. By this time, it was The Big Ballot when there was no show in 1987.

Year Host(s)
1988 Tony Danza
Debbie Gibson
Brian Robbins
Dan Schneider
1989 Nicole Eggert
Wil Wheaton
1990 Dave Coulier
Candace Cameron
David Faustino
1991 Corin Nemec
1992 Paula Abdul
1993 Brian Austin Green
Holly Robinson
Tori Spelling
1994 Joey Lawrence
Candace Cameron
Marc Weiner
1995 Whitney Houston
Rick Adams
1996 Whitney Houston
Rosie O' Donnell
1997 Rosie O' Donnell
1998 Rosie O' Donnell
1999[2] Rosie O' Donnell
2000[3] Rosie O' Donnell
David Arquette
LL Cool J
Mandy Moore
Frankie Muniz
2001 Rosie O' Donnell
2002[4] Rosie O' Donnell
2003[5] Rosie O' Donnell
2004[6] Cameron Diaz
Mike Myers
2005[7] Ben Stiller
2006[8] Jack Black
2007[9] Justin Timberlake
2008[10] Jack Black
2009[11] Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
2010[11] Kevin James[12]

Hosts after 2003

After Rosie O' Donnell's final show as host in 2003, Nickelodeon started picking other celebrities to host, based on their upcoming movies, in 2004. Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz hosted the KCAs in 2004, coinciding with their upcoming movie, Shrek 2. In 2005, Ben Stiller was the host to promote Madagascar. Justin Timberlake hosted in 2007 promoting Shrek the Third. In 2008, Jack Black hosted the show to tie in with Kung Fu Panda, Black hosted the first time in 2006 to promote Nacho Libre. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosted the 2009 ceremony, presumably to promote Race to Witch Mountain. Kevin James will host the 2010 show, assumably to promote Grown Ups.

To host twice or more

Jack Black hosted in 2006 and 2008, and so far the first host after Rosie O'Donnell to host the show at least twice. Candace Cameron and Whitney Houston were the first hosts before O'Donnell to host at least twice (Cameron 1990 and 1994, Houston 1995 and 1996).

Special colored awards

These blimps are not orange like the regular blimps and the winners are chosen by the Nickelodeon staff. There is the gold Hall of Fame Award (1991-2000), the silver Wannabe Award (2001-2008) and the green Big Green Help Award (2009-present).

The Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award (a gold version of the Blimp award) was presented to those whose accomplishments, fame and popularity set them above everyone else. Initially, the award was chosen by the kids from a slate of nominees. Actors, athletes and singers were all eligible for the award, with ballots containing nominees from multiple categories.

Hall of Fame Award winners

Year Winner(s)
1991 Paula Abdul
1992 Michael Jordan
1993 Robin Williams
1994 Boyz II Men
1995 Whitney Houston
1996 Tim Allen
1997 Will Smith
1998 Tia & Tamera Mowry
1999 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
2000 Rosie O'Donnell

The Wannabe Award

The Wannabe Award (a silver version of the Blimp award) is presented to the best celebrity role model or inspiration (or the person whom the kids want to be like). The winner is determined prior to the awards, and is not voted upon by the kids. As of 2009, the only person to have won the Wannabe award and the Hall of Fame award is Will Smith. These awards replaced the Hall of Fame awards following the show in 2000.

Wannabe Award winners

Year Winner
2001 Tom Cruise
2002 Janet Jackson
2003 Will Smith
2004 Adam Sandler
2005 Queen Latifah
2006 Chris Rock
2007 Ben Stiller
2008 Cameron Diaz

The Big Green Help Award

The Big Green Help Award (a green version of the Blimp award) is presented to the celebrity who goes above and beyond to help the environment. This blimp was first featured on a KCA update promo with Lily Collins announcing the new award.[13] Originally, Cameron Diaz's award was supposed to be a Big Green Help award because she was to have received hers for helping the environment. Instead it was postponed until the following year when this award replaced it and Diaz presented the first award to Leonardo DiCaprio.

Big Green Help Award winners

Year Winner
2009 Leonardo Dicaprio

Mystery slimed celebrities

During a Kids' Choice Awards, sometimes a celebrity might not know when they are going to be slimed onstage or offstage. Hosts have also been slimed, mostly in the finale of the show. Below is a list of all the Celebrities that have been slimed over the past years from the Kids' Choice Awards. It does not mention any celebrities in 1992 because the audience was slimed instead.

In 2006, it almost didn't happen. The idea was that whoever could guess the secret slime phrase would get slimed, and no one could guess it. Toward the end of the event, Robin Williams was able to guess the answer, allowing the sliming to proceed.

Year Slimed Celebrity (ies)
1988 Les Lye
1989 Bill Kirchenbauer
1990 Dave Coulier
Wil Wheaton
1991 Corin Nemec
1993 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Zachary Ty Bryan
Taran Noah Smith
1994 James Earl Jones
1995 Mark Curry
1996 Queen Latifah
1997 Rosie O'Donnell
1998 Sean "Diddy" Combs
1999 Randy Savage
2000 Will Smith
2001 Tom Cruise
2002 Adam Sandler
2003 Jim Carrey
2004 Mike Myers
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
2005 Will Ferrell
Johnny Depp
Ben Stiller
2006 Robin Williams
Jack Black
2007 Chris Tucker
Jackie Chan
Mandy Moore
Nicole Kidman
Steve Carell
Tobey Maguire
Vince Vaughn
Justin Timberlake
2008 Orlando Bloom
Brendan Fraser
Harrison Ford
Jack Black
2009 Jesse McCartney
Hugh Jackman
Sandra Bullock
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Jonas Brothers

Slime stunts

Started in 2002, the show began its annual World Record Slime Stunts. Olympians, extreme sports superstars and daredevils participate in special stunts performed live on national television—often involving landing into the trademark green slime.

Year Celebrity (ies) Stunt Synopsis
2002 Dave Mirra The BMX pro-biker broke his own record for a double back flip on a BMX bike and landed in a 5,000 gallon tank of green slime.
2003 Tony Hawk The skateboarding champion skateboarded into an 11,000 gallon tank of green slime.
2004 Mat Hoffman The BMX pro performed the "World Record Skydiving Bike Jump" landing in a lakefull of green slime.
2005 Donald Trump The billionaire at the time enjoying a resurgence of popularity with his TV series The Apprentice "fired" a human canonball into the air, landing in a net laced with green slime.
2006 Ryan St. Onge In a live remote from the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, the U.S. Olympic Freestyle Aerial Skier skied into 10,000 gallons of green slime.
2007 Ron Jones Bungee jumping into a pool of slime.
2008a Jack Black
Orlando Bloom
Kids Choice 2008 had many slime stunts all hosted by professional boxer Laila Ali. Depending on the outcome of the stunt, a certain amount of green slime was added to a slime vat backstage which was called throughout as the "Slime Meter". The slime was used later on at the end of the show, in supposedly the "World's Longest Celebrity Sliming," in which Orlando Bloom joined host Jack Black to be slimed for one solid minute. Host Black even remarked about how 27 tons of slime (the grand total) could fit in a vat that only held 25 tons.
2008b Akon In the first stunt, affectionately called the "Slime-o-Lition Derby", the pop star had 45 seconds to ride the Kids' Choice Bobble Head Kart. The choices were the shark-themed "Jaws Jalopy", a hot dog-shaped "Weiner Wagon" and the winner, the Jack Black Bobble Head Kart which was essentially a go-kart with a giant Jack Black head on the top. Akon successfully completed the course adding 10 tons of slime to the vat, "plus 5 for finishing" bringing the total to 15 tons.
2008c Usher The famous hip hop singer performed the second stunt manning a "slime hose," firing at a sumo wrestler and propelling the poor guy in the costume along a long platform. The amount of slime added to the vat was determined by how far the "human target" was propelled by the spray of slime. Viewers voting online picked the sumo wrestler over his competitor, the Scuba diver. The "human taget" was launched all the way to the 5-ton mark bringing the total of slime in the vat to 20 tons.
2008d Heidi Klum The last stunt was performed by the German supermodel or as host Black called her "Heidi the Human Dart". Klum was attached by a harness to a long cable, allowing her to swing freely in which she did. Armed with a pad of spikes, she swung between her platform and what was a trampoline-like wall covered in slime balloons. For every slime balloon Klum popped in 30 seconds, one more ton of slime was added to the vat. Kids voted online to determine exactly what type of spike pad Klum would use to pop the balloons. The choices were the hand-worn "mittens" and the winner the "butt pad" which unanimously beat out the mittens. Klum popped 7 balloons on the wall, adding 7 more tons of slime to the vat and bringing the total of slime in the vat to 27 tons.
2009 Will Ferrell The comedian-actor slid down a slime-covered slide that was placed on top of Janss Steps on the UCLA campus, on a luge head first into a pool of slime.

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