The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards hit Los Angeles on Saturday (March 27) with plenty of performances, surprises and, of course, slime.
Kevin James opened the show in a sketch with Nick stars Big Time Rush, who gave the host some pointers on how to make the show cool. Their biggest hint: Make sure someone gets slimed. When James hit the stage, “angel” Adam Sandler descended from the ceiling to remind his “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” co-star that he could do it. James then took off the tux and started dancing while Sandler sang a little ditty to the tune of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “Get Down Tonight,” with slime released from the floor.
Rosario Dawson and Shaun White gave out the first award for Favorite Movie Actor to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” star Taylor Lautner. “Is this happening? I have to admit, I have always dreamt of winning one of these orange blimps,” Lautner told the crowd. “Seriously. And I can’t believe I’m finally holding one.”
James made sure the show was “beyond awesome.” How? By firing free stuff out of a canon. Ladies and gentlemen, this isn’t the Grammys. He told the crowd there were more than 115 million votes, adding that it was a new world record for awards-show fan votes.
“Karate Kid” stars Jayden Smith and Jackie Chan showed off some martial-arts moves then handed out the Favorite TV Show award to “iCarly.” Miranda Cosgrove eagerly accepted the award, saying, “Wow, this is amazing. Most of all, I want to say thank you to the fans.”
George Lopez and Tyra Banks hit the stage to present Favorite TV Actress. Banks praised the ladies for “chasing their dreams,” and the blimp went to “Wizards of Waverly Place” star Selena Gomez. “I’m so nervous,” she told the crowd. “I know it’s because of you guys I get to live my dream out every day. I’m the luckiest girl in the whole world.”
Big Time Rush introduced Rihanna, who took the stage and sang her hit “Hard” in a sparkly black hat and a gray and hot-pink dress. The stage was complete with a band, a tank and military-inspired backup dancers. The medley also included “Rude Boy, with the risqué lyrics toned down, and “Don’t Stop the Music.”
The awards show included quite a few slimings. “The Last Airbender” and “Twilight” star Jackson Rathbone was one of the many celebrities who ended up green by the end of the night. Jonah Hill and Katy Perry, in a neon-blue wig and yellow dress, presented the award for Favorite Movie Actress. But first, Hill pulled a fast one on Perry, tricking her into opening a box that covered her in slime .
That award went to Miley Cyrus, who ran away from a slime-covered Perry. “Thank you, Katy, for not sliming me,” she said. “It really got you, but good thing we both wear wigs. … Thank you guys so much!”
After Perry got slimed, the stage needed to be cleaned up before Victoria Justice and Dev Patel introduced Justin Bieber. The teen sensation sang his hit “Baby” with backup dancers and a full band. His performance included some smooth moves and a lot of fan interaction with the girls near the stage. He also displayed his rap skills, tackling Ludacris’ part in the song. It wasn’t just his young fans singing along with the tune; a shot of the crowd also showed Tyra Banks singing along.
Keke Palmer and Miranda Cosgrove presented the Big Help Award to first lady Michelle Obama for her efforts to prevent childhood obesity. “Nickelodeon has big fans in the White House,” she said, accepting her award via video. “I’m always so impressed by the passion and energy you put into everything you do. You guys have to make smart and healthy choices in your own lives. It’s not always easy, but I know you can do it.”
“Where was that speech when I was 6?” James joked.
Zoe Saldana and Robert Downey Jr. presented the award for Favorite Movie. “I thought you’d be bluer,” he joked to the actress. Surprisingly, “New Moon” was beat out by “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Stars Jesse McCartney, Anna Faris and Zachary Levi accepted the blimp. “You probably don’t recognize me. I’m usually a lot shorter and hairier,” McCartney joked. Levi added: “And to ‘Twilight,’ sorry!”
“Date Night” stars Steve Carell and Tina Fey thought they were going to get an award. “Maybe it’s a lifetime-achievement award,” Carell joked before they won a slime-time achievement award and got covered in the green goo. “This is better than winning any award!” they agreed.
The show ended with James taking the show “beyond awesome” by getting slimed with “Angel” Adam Sandler making his return and with Apolo Anton Ohno setting a new slime world record by catapulting himself into a small pool of slime.
Other wins included Favorite Reality Show for “American Idol,” Favorite Male Singer for Jay-Z, and Taylor Swift taking home Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song (“You Belong With Me”).
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