Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

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Kids' Choice Award
Current: 2023 Kids' Choice Awards
Kids' Choice Awards blimps.jpg
The KCA orange blimp, awarded since the 1990 ceremony, along with a silver and green variant
CountryUnited States
Presented by Nickelodeon
First awardedMarch 28, 1987;35 years ago (1987-03-28)
Television/radio coverage

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids' Choice, is an annual American children's awards ceremony show produced by Nickelodeon. Usually held on a Saturday night in March or early April, the show honors the year's biggest in television, film, music, and sports as voted by viewers worldwide of Nickelodeon networks. 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. [1]


The show features numerous celebrity guests and musical acts. Since 2002, slime stunts have been incorporated into the show. The KCAs also host live entertainment. It has also been known to cover people with the network's trademark green slime. The animated series SpongeBob SquarePants has won the most KCA awards, with twenty overall through the series' run. Individually, Selena Gomez has won the most trophies with twelve, followed by Will Smith and Adam Sandler (both with 11) as well as Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande (both with 9). Whoopi Goldberg is the only person to have won a Kids' Choice Award, alongside the prevailing "EGOT" combination of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Rosie O'Donnell has hosted the show eight times, followed by Jack Black who hosted three times, as well as Candace Cameron, Whitney Houston, and John Cena who each hosted twice.


Alan Goodman, Albie Hecht, and Fred Seibert created the awards show after Nickelodeon produced a segment called The Big Ballot [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] for the movie review show Rated K: For Kids by Kids in 1987, 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. Goodman, Hecht, and Seibert felt that the network needed a bigger, more exciting platform.

Hecht selected the awards logo from a series of network designs created by original logo designers Tom Corey and Scott Nash (Corey McPherson Nash, Boston), overseen by Goodman and Seibert (Fred/Alan, Inc., New York). [8] The award was configured into the current blimp shape/kaleidoscope in 1990. [9] The only change to the award since then has been a change to 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 finally moved from a combination of 900 number telephone voting and filling paper ballots that were either mailed or completed at Pizza Hut locations, to being conducted exclusively on the network's website, and included text messaging by 2007. During the early years of Internet voting, there were several issues, including the digital equivalent of ballot stuffing and adult voting. As a result, a new system was put into place where one vote per account is allowed (although it is probable adults still cast votes via the texting option, which is connected to a phone number only instead of a screen name, by creating an account with a false age, or by having their children vote for a chosen subject instead). In 2010, an iPhone application and mobile browser voting were also added. [10]

The 2009 Kids' Choice Awards 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 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 instead of a traditional envelope. The show sometimes uses balloons, T-shirts, models, giant letters, stickers, and even a foot.

Voting became available for Canadian people in time for the 2010 ceremony, owing to the inauguration of Nickelodeon's Canadian service in November 2009.

The 2020 ceremony was held in a virtual format in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. [11] [12] [13] [14]

International history

In June 2010, Nickelodeon Latin America announced a Kids' Choice Awards for Mexico. [15] Other countries with their own Kids' Choice Awards include Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, and Indonesia, which are either fully original local productions, or inserted as continuity during their broadcast of the U.S. ceremony. The Australian Kids' Choice Awards had its final local ceremony in 2012.

In August 2011, Nickelodeon Latin America announced a Kids' Choice Awards event for Argentina.

In June 2014, Nickelodeon Latin America announced a Kids' Choice Awards event for Colombia.


This table shows the awards from the past. An asterisk next to a category indicates an award has been presented in that particular category every year since the inception of the Kids' Choice Awards in 1988.

Favorite Movie*YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Movie Actor*YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Movie Actress*YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite TV Show YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Male TV Star YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
Favorite Female TV Star YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
Favorite Music Group NoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Male AthleteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Favorite Female AthleteYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYes
Most Enthusiastic AthleteNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Video Game NoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Sports TeamYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Hall of Fame AwardNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Wannabe AwardNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Big Help/Big Green Help AwardNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Animal StarNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Cutest CoupleNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite BookNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
Favorite Reality ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite TV SidekickNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Animated Animal SidekickNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Cartoon NoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Animated Movie NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Voice from an Animated MovieNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite ButtkickerNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNo
Favorite Male ButtkickerNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Female ButtkickerNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Male SingerYesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Female Singer YesYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Song YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite App NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Funny StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Lifetime Achievement AwardNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Kids TV ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes
Favorite Family TV ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYes
Most Addicting Game NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite VillainNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoYesNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Talent Competition ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Male Action StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Female Action StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite New ArtistNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYes
Favorite Cooking ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite CollaborationNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Male TV Star – Kids' ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Favorite Male TV Star – Family ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Favorite Female TV Star – Kids' ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Favorite Female TV Star – Family ShowNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoYesYes
Favorite Global Music StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Favorite Social Music StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoYesYes
BFFs (Best Friends Forever)NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite FrenemiesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Most Wanted PetNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Music VideoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite DJ/EDM ArtistNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite SoundtrackNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Viral Music ArtistNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Dance TrendNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Funny YouTube CreatorNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Musical YouTube CreatorNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite Instagram PetNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNoNo
Favorite TV HostNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
Favorite TV JudgesNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Favorite SuperheroNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
Favorite GamerNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesNoNoNo
How Do You Want to Help?NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesNoNoNoNo
Favorite Social StarNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYes


Kids' Choice Awards ceremonies
1st March 28 April 18, 1987 Rated K: For Kids by Kids studio
  • Matt Nespole
  • Rebecca Schwager
  • Mark Shanahan
2nd April 18, 1988 [16] Universal Studios Hollywood
3rd June 25, 1989 [17]
4th April 23, 1990 [19]
5th April 22, 1991 [21] N/A Corin Nemec
6th November 14, 1992 [22] Universal Studios Hollywood
7th May 7, 1994 Pantages Theatre [24]
Universal Studios Florida Marc Weiner
8th May 20, 1995 Barker Hangar [25] Whitney Houston
9th May 11, 1996Universal Studios Hollywood [26]
New York Harbor cruise Rosie O'Donnell
10th April 19, 1997 Grand Olympic Auditorium
11th April 4, 1998 Pauley Pavilion
12th May 1, 1999
13th April 15, 2000 Hollywood Bowl
14th April 21, 2001Barker HangarRosie O'Donnell
15th April 20, 2002
16th April 12, 2003
17th April 3, 2004Pauley Pavilion
18th April 2, 2005 Ben Stiller
19th April 1, 2006 Jack Black
20th March 31, 2007 Justin Timberlake
21st March 29, 2008Jack Black
22nd March 28, 2009 Dwayne Johnson
23rd March 27, 2010 Kevin James
24th April 2, 2011 Galen Center Jack Black
25th March 31, 2012 Will Smith
26th March 23, 2013 Josh Duhamel
27th March 29, 2014 Mark Wahlberg
28th March 28, 2015 The Forum Nick Jonas
29th March 12, 2016 Blake Shelton
30th March 11, 2017Galen Center John Cena
31st March 24, 2018The Forum
32nd March 23, 2019Galen Center DJ Khaled
33rd May 2, 2020Virtual show [lower-alpha 1] Victoria Justice [lower-alpha 2]
34th March 13, 2021Barker Hangar [lower-alpha 3] Kenan Thompson
35th April 9, 2022
36th March 4, 2023 Microsoft Theater [28]


  1. The ceremony was originally planned to be held at The Forum, but changed to a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Chance the Rapper was originally set to host the ceremony before moving to a virtual ceremony.
  3. The main stage for the 2021 ceremony was at the Barker Hangar, while a blimp 'traveled' to different destinations during the show including Stranger Things ' Upside Down, Mars, Liza Koshy's house, and SpongeBob SquarePants ' Bikini Bottom. [27] Most presenters, winners, and performers appeared in-person, while others appeared virtually, including the audience.


Finishing up with the "Orange Carpet" for the Kids' Choice Awards outside of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA campus 2009 KCA Orange Carpet.jpg
Finishing up with the "Orange Carpet" for the Kids' Choice Awards outside of Pauley Pavilion, UCLA campus

The Kids' Choice Awards are typically held in and around Southern California. Past ceremonies have been held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, the Hollywood Bowl, the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, and Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, but mostly at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. After renovations to Pauley beginning in 2011, the show was moved to the Galen Center at USC; [29] it was expected to be a temporary home, but the network retained Galen for the 2012–2014 ceremonies due to the construction of the Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference and Guest Center, making it difficult to have the "Orange Carpet"; the smaller Kids' Choice Sports had its first ceremony in 2014 at Pauley. For the 2015 and 2016 shows, the ceremony occurred at the remodeled Forum in Inglewood, California. Between the 2017 and 2019 shows, the venue alternated between the Galen Center and The Forum. [30] The 2023 ceremony was held at the Microsoft Theater. [28]

The 2020 awards, previously scheduled for March 22, were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the ceremony was later moved to May 2 to be held virtually. [13] [14] The 2020 show was originally planned to serve as a tie-in with Nickelodeon's Slimefest event. [11]

Multiple year hosts

The ceremony has been hosted multiple times by five individuals: Candace Cameron who hosted in 1990 and 1994, Whitney Houston who hosted consecutively in 1995 and 1996, Rosie O'Donnell who hosted consecutively from 1996 through 2003 (co-hosted with Houston in 1996 and with four co-hosts in 2000), Jack Black who hosted in 2006, 2008 and 2011, and John Cena who hosted consecutively in 2017 and 2018.

Special awards

Recipients of these special awards do not win orange blimps like for the regular awards.

The Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award was a gold version of the blimp award from 1991–2000, and 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.

1991 Paula Abdul [31] [32]
1992 Arnold Schwarzenegger
1994 Michael Jordan
1995 Boyz II Men [33] [25] [34]
1996 Tim Allen
1997 Will Smith
1998 Tia & Tamera Mowry
1999 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
2000 Rosie O'Donnell

The Wannabe Award

The Wannabe Award was a silver version of the blimp award from 2001–2008, and was presented to the best celebrity role model or inspiration (or the person whom the kids want to be like). The winner was determined prior to the awards without voter input. The only person to have won the Wannabe award and the Hall of Fame award is Will Smith.

2001 Tom Cruise
2002 Janet Jackson
2003 Will Smith
2004 Adam Sandler
2005 Queen Latifah
2006 Chris Rock
2007 Ben Stiller
2008 Cameron Diaz

The Big Help Award

The Big Green Help Award (later titled as The Big Help Award) was an award presented to a person who goes above and beyond to help the environment. [35] It is based on Nickelodeon's The Big Help initiative. The award was originally green when first awarded in 2009, but later changed to silver along with a name change of the award the following years.

2009 Leonardo DiCaprio
2010 Michelle Obama
2011 Justin Timberlake
2012 Taylor Swift

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Nickelodeon Lifetime Achievement Award is a golden version of the blimp award. In 2023, a normal orange-colored blimp award was used.

In 2014, the award was given to television producer Dan Schneider, who created multiple shows at Nickelodeon. [36] During the presentation of his award, Schneider was joined onstage by cast members of his shows including Kenan & Kel , Drake & Josh , Zoey 101 , iCarly , Victorious , and Sam & Cat . [37] In 2023, the award was given to Transformers character Optimus Prime. [38] In his acceptance speech, Prime proclaimed for the award to, "...seal the bond between humans, Maximals, and Autobots, as we fight together to protect the planet." [39]

2014 Dan Schneider
2023 Optimus Prime

Generation Change Award

The Generation Change Award is presented to those who have worked to bring positive changes for the new generation of kids. The award was originally introduced in the 2019 Kids' Choice Sports ceremony, but has since carried over to the main ceremony.

2019 Megan Rapinoe [40]
2020 LeBron James [41]
2021 Kamala Harris [42] [43] [44]

King of Comedy

2023 Adam Sandler

Kids' Choice Sports

In July 2014, Nickelodeon presented the first annual Kids' Choice Sports, honoring kids' favorite athletes, teams, and sports moments from the year. Michael Strahan produced and hosted the inaugural ceremony. [45]


2014 Michael Strahan Pauley Pavilion
2015 Russell Wilson
2018 Chris Paul Barker Hangar
2019 Michael Strahan

Slimed celebrities

The final slime at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards Final Slime a.jpg
The final slime at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards

During a ceremony, sometimes a celebrity presenter or award winner might not know when they are going to be slimed onstage or offstage, though as the years went on, getting slimed became more of an honor, and less of a comedic humiliation akin to the early Nickelodeon series You Can't Do That on Television , from whence the concept originated. Hosts of the show have also been slimed, and occasionally celebrities not attending the awards have been slimed via video segment, such as when Rosie O'Donnell tricked Melissa Joan Hart into getting slimed on the set of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in 2001, or when Amanda Seyfried and Josh Hutcherson were slimed at a KCA watch party in 2013. Celebrities sitting in the audience are also fair game for being slimed, as Mandy Moore first learned in 2007, and Halle Berry later found out in 2012.

Below is a list of all the celebrities that have been slimed over the past years at the Kids' Choice Awards.

YearSlimed Celebrity(ies)
1988 Les Lye [46]
1989 Bill Kirchenbauer [47]
1990 Wil Wheaton [47] [48]
1991 Corin Nemec
Bart Simpson (animated segment)
1992 Jonathan Taylor Thomas [49]
Zachery Ty Bryan [49]
Taran Noah Smith [49]
1994 James Earl Jones [47] [24] [50]
1995 Mark Curry [47] [51] [52] [53]
1996 Queen Latifah [51] [52] [54]
1997 Rosie O'Donnell [55]
1998 Sean "Diddy" Combs [47]
1999 Randy Savage
Stephanie Bellars
2000 Will Smith
2001 Melissa Joan Hart
Tom Cruise
Rosie O'Donnell
2002 Pink
Adam Sandler
2003 Jim Carrey
Rosie O'Donnell
2004 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Mike Myers
2005 Will Ferrell
Johnny Depp
Ben Stiller
2006 Robin Williams
Jack Black
2007 Chris Tucker
Jackie Chan
Mandy Moore
Steve Carell
Tobey Maguire
Vince Vaughn
Justin Timberlake
2008 Harrison Ford
Brendan Fraser
Orlando Bloom
Jack Black
2009 Jesse McCartney
Hugh Jackman
Sandra Bullock
Jonas Brothers
Dwayne Johnson
2010 Jackson Rathbone
Jerry Trainor
Katy Perry
Fred Figglehorn
Tina Fey
Steve Carell
Kevin James
2011 Russell Brand
Rico Rodriguez
Snoop Dogg
Kaley Cuoco
Heidi Klum
Jason Segel
Josh Duhamel
Jim Carrey
Jack Black
Po (animated segment)
Jewel and Blu (animated segment)
2012 Halle Berry
Chris Colfer
Taylor Lautner
The Miz
The Big Show
Jeff Sutphen
Santino Marella
Justin Bieber
Will Smith
2013 Pitbull
Dwight Howard
Neil Patrick Harris
Sandra Bullock
Amanda Seyfried
Josh Hutcherson
Nick Cannon
Josh Duhamel
2014 Pharrell Williams
Kaley Cuoco
Jack Reynor
Austin Mahone
Cody Simpson
David Blaine
Shaun White
Jukka Hildén
Dave England
Mark Wahlberg
2015 Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Sarah Hyland
Ariel Winter
Nolan Gould
Rico Rodriguez
Shawn Mendes
Cast of The Thundermans
Josh Gad
Nick Jonas
5 Seconds of Summer
2016 John Stamos
Fifth Harmony
Jason Sudeikis
Josh Gad
Cameron Dallas
Blake Shelton
2017 Demi Lovato
Chris Pratt
Kevin Hart
John Cena
2018 Liza Koshy
Heidi Klum
Mel B
JoJo Siwa
Laurie Hernandez
Barbie (animated segment)
Shawn Mendes
John Cena
2019Chris Pratt
Will Smith
David Dobrik
Josh Peck
Janelle Monáe
Adam Sandler
DJ Khaled
2020JoJo Siwa
David Dobrik
Victoria Justice
2021 Charli D'Amelio
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Robert Downey Jr.
Liza Koshy
Kenan Thompson
2022 MrBeast
Jack Harlow
Charlie Puth
Dixie D'Amelio
Kid Cudi
Cast of Danger Force
Cast of Warped!
Miranda Cosgrove
Rob Gronkowski
2023 Bebe Rexha
Chris Pine
Michelle Rodriguez
Dwayne Johnson
Adam Sandler
Melissa McCarthy
Lil Uzi Vert
Landon Barker
Cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
Dixie D'Amelio
Heidi D'Amelio
Marc D'Amelio
Charli D'Amelio
Mia Burleson
Nate Burleson

Slime stunts

Beginning in 2002, the show began its annual World Record Slime Stunts. Olympians, extreme sports stars and daredevils participated in special stunts performed live on national television—often landing into the trademark green slime.

YearCelebrity (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" skydiving 14,000 feet in a lakefull of green slime.
2005 Donald Trump/David Spitz Jr.From New York, The Apprentice host "fired" human cannonball David Spitz Jr. into the air, where he landed 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
Orlando Bloom
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 referred to throughout as the "Slime Meter". The slime was used later on at the end of the show, in what was 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 made a remark about how the grand total of 27 tons of slime 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 him in 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 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 wrestler John Cena.
Jerry Trainor
Jackson Rathbone
Nicola Peltz
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 is a "water-bender", she bent the slime towards Trainor and Rathbone.
2011Kelvin Ramer [56] Ramer's monster truck, rebodied and relivered for the event, jumps over a 50-foot Nickelodeon blimp award into a pool of slime. It was hosted by Paul "The Big Show" Wight who said that it was the most dangerous Kids' Choice slime stunt ever.
2012 Big Show and The Miz A slime themed wrestling match between Big Show and The Miz. When either The Big Show or The Miz hits the special cannons on each corner of the ring, slime shoots out and covers the audience. The Big Show defeated The Miz when he threw him over the ring and into a pool of slime. Afterwards, The Big Show was slimed for his ultimate reward.
2014 Dave England & Jukka Hilden Kids got to pick between three slime stunts and the one with the highest number of votes would win. It was between an Ultimate Slime Rodeo, a High Speed Bathtub Race, or a Slippery Obstacle Course. The Ultimate Slime Rodeo won as both Dave and Jukka rode on electronic riding horses that had slime hoses in their mouths and whoever held on the longest would win. Dave eventually held on the longest and won.
2015Cast of The Thundermans An online vote was held during the show, in which kids chose between The Thundermans , Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn , and Bella and the Bulldogs . The cast of the show with the most votes would go through a car wash with slime being fired at every direction.
2016 Bethany Mota & Cameron Dallas As part of the ceremony's website/app voting system set up for the show, kids voted for the best internet personality. They had to choose between YouTuber Bethany Mota and YouTuber, Vine star, TikTok star, and Netflix actor Cameron Dallas. Both of them went on to partake in the Slime Soakers stunt but only one of them was to get slimed, which the kids had to vote for on and in the Nick app. Towards the end of the show, the winner, Cameron Dallas, was revealed and proceeded to get slimed.
2020Astronauts ESA Astronaut Col. Luca Parmitano and NASA Astronaut Christina Koch opened and played with the first ever slime in space inside the International Space Station.

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The 1st Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as The Big Ballot, was presented over four episodes of Nickelodeon's movie review program Rated K: For Kids by Kids which aired in 1987. Unlike its successor, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, the show was less of a televised live event, and more of a pre-produced program. The trophy in this show was a golden teleidoscope. The in-studio hosts for the show were Matt Nespole, Rebecca Schwager, and Mark Shanahan.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1988 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 1988

The 2nd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on April 18, 1988, from the Conan Sword and Sorcery Spectacular Arena at Universal Studios Hollywood. This was the first event held under this title, and first to feature a live audience, as well as celebrity hosts and attendees, while the first ceremony occurred the previous year in 1987 as The Big Ballot, and only featured taped segments linked together by its studio hosts. The show also featured the first "KCA trophy", which was created by original logo designers Tom Corey and Scott Nash.

The 4th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on April 23, 1990, at Universal Studios Hollywood. The show was hosted by Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron and David Faustino. The now-familiar orange blimp-shaped trophy was first awarded at this show.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2008 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2008

The 21st Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on March 29, 2008, at the Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, California. The show was the first live-action/animated Kids Choice Awards show. The event was hosted by Jack Black. Voting began March 3 on and Nicktropolis. A "Bring on the Nominees" special hosted by Lil' JJ aired also. The Naked Brothers Band and Miley Cyrus were musical performances for the show. A sweepstakes was announced to promote the show. The number of votes cast broke the record previously set in 2007. 86,708,020 kids cast 88,254,272 votes between March 3–29 in 18 categories, to honor and vote for their favorites. Votes were cast via, Nicktropolis, TurboNick, and for the first time via Nick's new mobile website ( The award show attracted 7.7 million viewers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1995 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 1995

The 8th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on May 20, 1995, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Whitney Houston was the host. Over twenty-six million kids participated in the voting.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1996 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 1996

The 9th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on May 11, 1996, at Universal Studios Hollywood. Whitney Houston hosted the ceremony with Rosie O'Donnell co-hosting via satellite from a New York Harbor cruise, and Mark Curry served as a guest announcer. Houston became the first celebrity to host more than one Kids' Choice Awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2009 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2009

The 22nd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on March 28, 2009, on the Nell and John Wooden Court of Pauley Pavilion, with Dwayne Johnson as host. Voting commenced on March 2, 2009. Performers and presenters have been listed at the official site. The show marks the last time that the Nickelodeon Orange Blimp was used on the Kids' Choice Awards logo for 4 years. The blimp was not used on the Kids' Choice Awards logo again until the 2013 show.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2010 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2010

The 23rd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on March 27, 2010, on the Nell and John Wooden Court of Pauley Pavilion, on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, California with Kevin James as host. With the launch of Nickelodeon Canada in late 2009, Canada broadcast the awards live as it aired in the Eastern, Central, and Mountain time zones of the United States and the awards was rebroadcast on YTV on April 2, 2010, at 7 p.m. ET. As a result, Canadian kids were able to vote on candidates for the first time. Nickelodeon's sister channels TeenNick and Nicktoons suspended regular programming during the 90-minute duration of the award show to allow viewers to see the awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">1992 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 1992

The 6th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on November 14, 1992, at Universal Studios Hollywood. Holly Robinson, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling hosted the show. This would be the last KCA broadcast until the 1994 show, as the network didn't air a show in 1993.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2011 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2011

The 24th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on April 2, 2011, at the Galen Center at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, US's University Park neighborhood due to renovations disallowing use of traditional venue Pauley Pavilion until at least 2013. Jack Black returned as host for the third time since 2006. The 2011 telecast was the first Kids' Choice Awards to take place in the month of April since 2006, as the previous four Kids' Choice telecasts from 2007 to 2010 were held on the last Saturday in March. Nominees were announced on February 10, 2011, for twenty categories. During the show, the Big Green Help Award was presented to Justin Timberlake, an honor given each year. More than 200 million record-breaking votes were cast for this year's 20-category awards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2012 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2012

The 25th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on March 31, 2012, at 8 p.m. ET in Los Angeles, California, in the United States, where the winners received an orange-colored blimp trophy. Big Help Award winner Taylor Swift received a special silver-colored blimp from First Lady Michelle Obama. The complete list of nominees for the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards was released on January 11, 2012, leading up to the release of Men in Black 3 on May 25, 2012. The event was hosted by MIB 3 star Will Smith, who with ten KCA blimps has won the most awards in previous telecasts. A record-breaking 223 million votes for favorites in 20 categories were cast during this year's voting period, up 11% over last year's votes.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2013 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2013

The 26th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards was held on March 23, 2013, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Actor Josh Duhamel hosted the ceremony. The "Orange Carpet" was set up in front of Galen Center on the sidewalks of Jefferson Boulevard. Voting on the 22 categories began on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Nickelodeon Mexico Kids' Choice Awards</span>

The Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Mexico is an annual awards show that awards entertainers with a blimp trophy, as voted by children on the Internet. The show is usually held in September and televised days later through Nickelodeon.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2019 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2019

The 32nd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony was held on March 23, 2019, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California with DJ Khaled serving as host. It aired live on Nickelodeon, and was broadcast live or tape delayed across all of Nickelodeon's international networks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2020 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2020

The 33rd Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony was held virtually on May 2, 2020, with Victoria Justice serving as host. It aired on Nickelodeon and in a domestic simulcast with several other ViacomCBS cable networks, and also aired across all of Nickelodeon's international networks.

<i>Rated K: For Kids by Kids</i> American TV series or program

Rated K: For Kids by Kids is an American movie review television program that ran on the cable network Nickelodeon from 1986–1988.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2021 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2021

The 34th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony was held on March 13, 2021, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California with Kenan Thompson serving as host. It aired live on Nickelodeon and in a domestic simulcast with several other ViacomCBS cable networks, and was broadcast live or tape delayed across all of Nickelodeon's international networks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2022 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2022

The 35th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony was held on April 9, 2022, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California with Miranda Cosgrove and Rob Gronkowski serving as hosts. It aired live on Nickelodeon and in a domestic simulcast with several other Paramount Global cable networks, and was broadcast live or tape delayed across all of Nickelodeon's international networks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2023 Kids' Choice Awards</span> Childrens television awards show program broadcast in 2023

The 36th Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards ceremony was held on March 4, 2023, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California with Nate Burleson and Charli D'Amelio serving as hosts. It aired live on Nickelodeon and in a domestic simulcast with several other Paramount Global cable networks, and was broadcast live or tape delayed across all of Nickelodeon's international networks. Prior to the ceremony, a nominations special aired on Nickelodeon on March 2.


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