|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards|
The Jonas Brothers performing at the 2009 show.
|Created by||Alan Goodman
|Starring||various hosts (see below)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||Approx. 90-120 min. including commercials|
|Original run||March 1, 1988 – present|
|Preceded by||The Big Ballot|
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 nick.com/kca.
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.
|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 Male Singer||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Favorite Female Singer||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|
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, 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.
|1993||Brian Austin Green
Rosie O' Donnell
|1997||Rosie O' Donnell|
|1998||Rosie O' Donnell|
|1999||Rosie O' Donnell|
|2000||Rosie O' Donnell
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|2001||Rosie O' Donnell|
|2002||Rosie O' Donnell|
|2003||Rosie O' Donnell|
|2009||Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson|
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.
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).
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 (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.
|1994||Boyz II Men|
|1998||Tia & Tamera Mowry|
|1999||Jonathan Taylor Thomas|
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.
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. 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.
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)|
|1993||Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Zachary Ty Bryan
Taran Noah Smith
|1994||James Earl Jones|
|1998||Sean "Diddy" Combs|
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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.|
|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.|