SpongeBob Leads Kids' Choice Awards
Los Angeles, CA -- Mega-stars including Katy Perry, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Kristen Stewart, Dwayne Johnson, LeBron James and Johnny Depp reigned as this year’s favorites, winning top honors at the live telecast of Nickelodeon’s 26th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Saturday, March 23, 8 - 9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast). Hosted by the biggest kid in Hollywood, Josh Duhamel, the awards were broadcast from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles where kids honored their favorites from the worlds of film, music, sports and television. This year, a record-breaking 387 million votes were cast around the world in 22 categories.
"Nothing was off-limits for first-time Kids' Choice Awards host Josh Duhamel, from ziplining across the arena to donning a milkshake costume and SpongeBob’s square pants. This year’s host took funny to an entirely new level,” said Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production, Nickelodeon.
In the spirit of the star-studded slimefest, Duhamel kicked off the celebration by singing a special Kids’ Choice Awards version of Pitbull’s smash hit “Don't Stop the Party,” as he made his way from the dressing room to the main stage. Experiencing a series of random celebrity encounters along the way, Duhamel thumb wrestled with Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, was tackled by Jerry Trainor dressed as a Yeti, wore the same dress as Fergie, scatted with Steven Tyler and played an elaborate game of Rock Paper Scissors with Megan Fox, only to be transformed into Pitbull himself at the end.
For the first time ever, a special camera gave the fans a 360-degree view of all the action on stage. Also a first for the messfest, Nickelodeon debuted the “Kids’ Choice Mustache Cam,” a take on the popular “kissing cam,” which featured kids and celebs including Miranda Cosgrove, Debby Ryan and Bridgit Mendler wearing fake funny mustaches, with Duhamel singling out Judd Apatow for having the best real mustache. In a display of his athletic prowess, Duhamel hit the stage wearing Dwight Howard’s LA Lakers uniform and challenged Howard to a “Slime Dunk” contest with the winner, Howard, getting a face full of the green goo.
With the wave of a magic wand, Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris attempted to create a slime-free zone, but their plan backfired and the two were honored with a dual sliming at the presenters podium. Duhamel teamed up with Nick Cannon for the Tandem Buttkicking Zipline Sumo Spectacular in a slime-tastic finale thanks to blimp recipient Dwayne Johnson, but Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried took the prize for the most epic sliming on the show.
In addition to “Don’t Stop the Party,” global superstar Pitbull performed his explosive hit “Feel This Moment” with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Christina Aguilera and a crew of mini lookalike dancers, and found himself drenched by a massive slime fountain triggered by Aguilera at the end of the song. International music sensation Ke$ha rocked the stage amid confetti and disco balls, with a medley of “We R Who We R” and her new single “C’Mon.” Not to be outdone, Duhamel, decked out in a milkshake costume, got his groove on with Jaden Smith and kids in the audience during a special impromptu “Kids’ Choice Shake” dance party.