The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids Choice Awards, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel, which airs live and is usually held and telecast live (though with a three-hour time delay for those watching in the Pacific Time Zone or on the Nick 2 feed on digital cable that simulcasts the Pacific time zone feed) on a Saturday night in late March or early April, that honors the year's biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers. Winners receive a hollow orange blimp figurine, a logo outline for much of the network's 1984-2009 era, which also functions as a kaleidoscope.
The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. In recent years, slime stunts have been incorporated into the show. The KCAs also host live entertainment. It has also been known to overwhelmingly cover people with the network's trademark green slime. SpongeBob SquarePants has won the most KCA awards (8), followed by Will Smith (7), Miley Cyrus (6), Britney Spears (5) and Hilary Duff (4). Whoopi Goldberg is the only person to have won a Kids' Choice Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Rosie O'Donnell (8) and Jack Black (3) have hosted the most KCAs.
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 be shown during the program.
The award was configured into the current blimp shape/kaleidoscope in 1990. The only change to the award since that time has been to change the embossed logotype on the side of the trophy for 2010 to fit the network's new logo typeface.
As the Internet came into widespread use, the voting eventually moved from a combination of 900 number telephone voting and ballots either mailed or completed at Pizza Hut locations, to moving exclusively online to the network's website and by 2007, text messaging. Early years of Internet voting had the early adoption complications of ballot stuffing and even adults voting before a new system where only one vote per Nick.com account became the procedure for voting on the awards (although it is probable adults still cast votes via the texting option, which is connected to a phone number only rather than a screenname, or by creating an account with a false age or having their children vote for a chosen subject instead). In 2010, an iPhone application and mobile browser voting was also added.
The 2009 KCAs featured a new award called "The Big Green Help Award" which goes to the celebrity who goes above and beyond to help the Earth. The inaugural award was presented to Leonardo DiCaprio. For the 2010 awards, the "The Big Green Help" award was renamed "The Big Help" award, with First Lady Michelle Obama winning the first award under the rename.
Unlike traditional awards shows, the Kids' Choice Awards uses other items to announce an award winner rather than a traditional envelope. The show sometimes uses balloons, T-shirts, models, giant letters, stickers (1999, where Amanda put a "Kick Me!" sticky on the model's back and somebody else put a sticker showing the winner's name). 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).
Voting for Canadians became available for the 2010 ceremony with the inauguration of Nickelodeon Canada in November 2009.
This table shows the awards from the past.
|Favorite Movie Actor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Movie Actress||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite TV Show||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite TV Actor||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite TV Actress||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Music Group||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Male Athlete||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Female Athlete||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Video Game||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Sports Team||No||Yes||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Hall of Fame Award||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Big Help/Big Green Help Award||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Animal Star||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|Favorite Reality Show||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite TV Sidekick||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Favorite Animated Movie||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Male Singer||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Favorite Female Singer||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Finishing up with the "Orange Carpet" for the Kids' Choice Awards outside of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA campusThe 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. Due to renovations at Pauley, in 2011, the show was held at the Galen Center at USC on April 2.
Timeslot and use to launch new seriesEdit
Typically the program airs for 90 minutes from 8:00 PM (ET/PT) to 9:30 PM. Since 1996, either a high-profile program or series premiere takes place after the KCA broadcast (9:30 PM (ET/PT)), the network's equivalent to the post-Super Bowl time slot. Both SpongeBob SquarePants and Victorious are the only series to air on this timeslot twice. Victorious is the only series to air on this timeslot for two consecutive years.
The following are list of programs that have aired at this timeslot:
|1996||All That (rerun)|
|1997||The Angry Beavers (series premiere)|
|1998||CatDog (series premiere)|
|1999||SpongeBob SquarePants (series premiere)|
|2000||Caitlin's Way (new episode)|
|2001||The Brothers García (new episode)|
|2002||The Nick Cannon Show (new episode)|
|2003||All Grown Up! (series premiere)|
|2004||Danny Phantom (series premiere)|
|2005||Drake & Josh (season premiere)|
|2006||Romeo! (season premiere)|
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants (season premiere)|
|2008||Dance on Sunset (series premiere)|
|2009||The Penguins of Madagascar (new episode)|
|2010||Victorious (series premiere)|
|2011||Victorious (season premiere)|
There was no host in 1987 because by this time, it was The Big Ballot.
Hosts after 2003Edit
After Rosie O' Donnell's final show as host in 2003, Nickelodeon started picking other celebrities to host, mainly based on child appeal and upcoming film projects targeted at a younger audience. Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz hosted the show in 2004, coinciding with their upcoming film, Shrek 2. In 2005, Ben Stiller was the host, as Madagascar was released a month later. Justin Timberlake hosted in 2007 to promote Shrek the Third. In 2006, Jack Black hosted the show to promote Nacho Libre and once again in 2008 to tie in with Kung Fu Panda, then in 2011 for the latter film's sequel. Dwayne Johnson hosted the 2009 ceremony, ahead of the release of Race to Witch Mountain. Kevin James hosted the 2010 show to promote Grown Ups.
To host twice or moreEdit
Jack Black hosted in 2006, 2008, and the 2011 shows 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).
Special colored awardsEdit
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), the green Big Green Help Award (2009) and the silver glitter Big Help Award (2010–present). The blimps sported a new Nickelodeon logo, which was shown to viewers late 2009.
The Hall of Fame AwardEdit
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.
Hall of Fame Award winnersEdit
|1994||Boyz II Men|
|1998||Tia & Tamera Mowry|
|1999||Jonathan Taylor Thomas|
The Wannabe AwardEdit
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.
Wannabe Award winnersEdit
The Big Help AwardEdit
The Big Green Help (The Big 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.
Big Green Help (The Big Help) Award winnersEdit
|2010||Michelle Obama, First Lady|
The final slime at the 2010 Kids' Choice AwardsDuring 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 at the Kids' Choice Awards. It does not mention any celebrities in 1992 because the audience was slimed instead. Regardless, "Sliming Is An Honor" and never used as a penalty.
|Year||Slimed Celebrity (ies)|
|1993||Jonathan Taylor Thomas|
|1994||James Earl Jones|
|1998||Sean "Diddy" Combs|
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 cannonball 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.|
|2008||Jack Black||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.|
|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.|
|Usher||The famous R&B 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 target" was launched all the way to the 5-ton mark bringing the total of slime in the vat to 20 tons.|
|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.|
|2010||Apolo Anton Ohno||Two stunts were featured at the 2010 awards. First, eight-time Olympic medalist Ohno was catapulted into slime by sling shot with the help of WWE Superstar John Cena.|
|Jerry Trainor||For the second stunt, to promote The Last Airbender stars Peltz and Rathbone along with iCarly star Trainor were featured in a bending-slime event. Since Peltz's character can bend water, she decided to bend slime and slimed Trainor|