Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, One Direction, Selena Gomez, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony, The Voice and Austin & Ally were among this year’s fan favourites, winning orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA), on Saturday 28 March. Hosted by recording artist/actor and kids’ pick for Favourite Male Singer Nick Jonas, the awards took place at Los Angeles’ legendary “Fabulous” Forum, where kids celebrated their favourites from the worlds of film, music, television and more. Kids from around the world cast more than 500 million votes, a record-breaking tally.
African stars got their chance to shine at the KCAs too, with Metro FM’s Bonang Matheba winning Favourite Radio DJ (South Africa), and Cool FM DJ Mannie triumphing in Favourite On-Air Personality (Nigeria).
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards premieres on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nicktoons (DStv channel 308) on Wednesday 1 April at 16:00 (encore performances on Friday 3 April at 17:00, Saturday 4 April at 08:55 and Sunday 5 April at 13:10.
Multi-talented host Jonas opened the show with a stunning performance of his Billboard Top 10 smash, “Chains” and number-one radio hit, “Jealous”. Backed by tween metal trio Unlocking the Truth, his theatrical set also featured a celeb-filled video montage, 3D elements and aerialists. Hip-hop phenomenon Iggy Azalea was joined by Academy Award- and Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson onstage in a bold and dynamic rendition of their hit “Trouble”, which continued the storyline of their popular music video. In an epic finale, Aussie pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer’s powerful performance of “What I Like About You” literally blew out the slime-filled speakers, flooding the stage with thousands of gallons of slime.
This year’s Kids’ Choice Awards proved to be as messy as ever, from Jennifer Lopez presenting Jonas with his award and a surprise sliming; to the Favourite Family TV Show stars of Modern Family getting doused in goo; Jonas chugging a mug of slime in a “Dare or Dare” slime challenge; and a backstage pie fight between Chris Pratt and the cast of Henry Danger.
The stars of The Thundermans cleaned up the special live vote during the show, which garnered over 7 million votes. They beat out the casts of Bella and the Bulldogs and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and received the deluxe treatment from the first-ever human slime car wash complete with conveyer, spinning brushes, swinging flaps, spraying nozzles and, of course, tons of slime.
Kids and families paid tribute to their favourites by casting votes in more than 20 categories, from 20 February-28 March, including the newly introduced Favourite Talent Competition Show, Favourite Family TV Show, Most Addicting Game and Favourite New Artist.
The star-studded telecast featured additional celebrity participants, including: Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Rock, Zendaya, Echosmith, Josh Gad, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Grant Gustin, Debby Ryan, Chloe Bennet, Fifth Harmony, Joe Jonas, Nick Cannon, Shawn Mendes, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin James, Mo’ne Davis, Skylar Diggins, Ross Lynch, Quvenzhané Wallis, Meghan Trainor, Jennette McCurdy, Laura Marano, Katherine Herzer, Jennette McCurdy and Bethany Mota, plus cast members from The Haunted Hathaways, Instant Mom, SpongeBob SquarePants, and many others.
The Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards winners:
Favourite Radio DJ (South Africa)
Favourite On-Air Personality (Nigeria)
Favourite Reality Show
Favourite Talent Competition Show
Favourite Family TV Show
Favourite Kids TV Show
Austin & Ally
Favourite TV Actor
Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally)
Favourite TV Actress
Laura Marano (Austin & Ally)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Angelina Jolie Pitt (Maleficent)
Favourite Movie Actor
Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb)
Favourite Movie Actress
Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Favourite Animated Movie
Big Hero 6
Favourite Male Action Star
Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1)
Favourite Female Action Star
Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and X-Men: Days of Future Past)
Favourite Music Group
Favourite Male Singer
Favourite Female Singer
Favourite Song Of The Year
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
Favourite New Artist
Most Addicting Game
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series