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It was all innocent fun at Saturday's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, where the hot accessory was a SpongeBob watch, the star performer was "American Idol" reject William Hung, and the most titillating moment involved green slime and the Olsen twins.
The ceremony, now in its 17th year, was certainly a family event, with guests like Tony Hawk, Randy Jackson and Andre 3000 bringing their kids along to ogle such stars as Hugh Jackman, who accepted the burping contest trophy with a belch-riddled thank you. "Finally something my family can be proud of," the "X-Men" star said.
And speaking of awards, Outkast were the big winners, taking home orange blimp trophies for Favorite Group and Best Song for "Hey Ya!" Andre 3000, who opened the show with a karate-themed performance of the winning song, encouraged kids to "read and count and all that type of stuff" in his acceptance speech. "And stay away from them drugs," he added.
"SpongeBob SquarePants" was the only other multiple winner, for Favorite Cartoon and Favorite Video Game ("Battle for Bikini Bottom"). Adam Sandler, the celebrity fans most want to be like, was presented the Wannabe Award by a fan who in return was presented with the shoes off Sandler's feet. "Kangaroo Jack," meanwhile, won the coveted Favorite Fart From a Movie.
Other winners included Hilary Duff (Favorite Female Singer), Nelly (Favorite Male Singer), Jim Carrey (Favorite Movie Actor), Amanda Bynes (Favorite Movie Actress), Frankie Muniz (Favorite Male TV Actor), Raven Symone (Favorite Female TV Actor) and "Finding Nemo" (Favorite Movie).
Avril Lavigne performed, and Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz hosted the show, which began with Myers donning a cheerleading uniform to go along with his co-host's. The comedian ended the show by getting slimed, although it was the earlier sliming of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who grasped each other and screamed, that garnered the biggest gasp.
Earlier, on the orange carpet outside, Jennifer Lopez was the big attraction, smiling for photographers in a midriff-revealing outfit.
J. Lo didn't do interviews, though, so reporters settled for the closest thing — Raquel Castro, who plays her daughter in "Jersey Girl." The cute-as-a-button actress proudly showed off her SpongeBob watch and posed for pictures with other young celebrities, like "Spy Kids" star Alexa Vega and Miranda Cosgrove, who managed Jack Black's band in "School of Rock."
"American Idol" was well represented, as the nine remaining contestants posed for pictures, William Hung performed "Y.M.C.A." on an outdoor stage and Randy Jackson pretended to enjoy him.
Although they're roommates and got ready together, former "Cosby Show" kid Raven Symone beat Lindsay Lohan to the carpet by a good hour, which gave her plenty of time to sign autographs for the screaming fans in the bleachers.
Mischa Barton and Benjamin McKenzie of "The O.C." also hit the media line (although not together), both talking up the rest of the season. "Everything's going to come full circle for my character," McKenzie said.
B2K's J-Boog and Lil Fizz showed up just as the show was starting, but they managed to sneak in some interviews to introduce 4 Deep, the first group signed to their new FBI label (Fizz and Boog Inc.). J, Fizz and the group wore matching T-shirts featuring the faces of Tupac and Biggie. "It's inspiration," Boog said.