The Big Ballot

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
2013 Kids' Choice Awards
Jonas Brothers performing at the 2009 show
Country United States
Presented by Nickelodeon
Reward KCA Blimp
First awarded April 18, 1988
Official website http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards
Television coverage
Network Nickelodeon
Runtime Approx. 90–120 min. including commercials

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.[1]

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. Will Smith has won the most KCA awards (10), along with SpongeBob SquarePants, followed by Miley Cyrus, Amanda Bynes and Selena Gomez (6), Britney Spears (5), Hilary Duff (4), and Drake Bell (3).[2] 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 show the most times.

History

Alan Goodman, Albie Hecht and Fred Seibert started the awards show as The Big Ballot[3][4][5][6][7] 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.[8]

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's Canadian service in November 2009.

In June 2010, Nickelodeon Latin America announced a Kids' Choice Awards for Mexico.[9] Other countries with their own Kids' Choice Awards: Brazil, United Kingdom, Australia, and Indonesia.

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

Awards

This table shows the awards from the past.

1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Favorite Movie Yes Yes 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 Movie Actor Yes Yes 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 Movie Actress Yes Yes 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 Show No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorite TV Actor Yes Yes 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 Actress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes 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 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 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 Yes Yes
Favorite Video Game No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 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 No No
Wannabe Award No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 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 Yes No
Favorite Animal Star No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No No No No No No No No
Cutest Couple No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No No
Favorite Book No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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 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 Yes No
Favorite Cartoon Yes Yes 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 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 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 Yes Yes
Favorite Buttkicker No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No No No 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 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 Yes Yes
Favorite Song Yes No No No No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Favorite App No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes

Locations

The 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 and 2012, the show was held at the Galen Center at USC,[10] and remained at that venue for the 2013 show.

Timeslot and lead-out programming

Typically the program airs for 90 minutes from 8:00 PM (ET/PT) to 9:30 PM. Since 1996, either a high-profile episode of an already existing series, or a 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 the 9:30 PM timeslot:

Year Program
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 (series premiere)
2010 Victorious (series premiere)
2011 Victorious (season premiere)
2012 How to Rock (new episode)
2013 Monsters vs. Aliens (series premiere)

Hosts

There was no host in 1987 because by this time, it was The Big Ballot.

Year Host(s)
1988[11] Tony Danza
Debbie Gibson
Brian Robbins
Dan Schneider
1989[12] Nicole Eggert
Wil Wheaton[13]
1990[14] Dave Coulier
Candace Cameron[15]
David Faustino
1991[16] Corin Nemec
1992[17] Paula Abdul
1993 Brian Austin Green
Holly Robinson
Tori Spelling[18]
1994 Joey Lawrence
Candace Cameron[19]
Marc Weiner
1995 Whitney Houston
Rick Adams
1996 Whitney Houston
Rosie O'Donnell
1997 Rosie O'Donnell
1998
1999[20]
2000[21] Rosie O'Donnell
David Arquette
LL Cool J
Mandy Moore
Frankie Muniz
2001[22] Rosie O'Donnell
2002[23]
2003[24]
2004[25] Cameron Diaz
Mike Myers
2005[26] Ben Stiller
2006[27] Jack Black
2007[28] Justin Timberlake
2008[29] Jack Black
2009[30][31] Dwayne Johnson
2010[31][32] Kevin James[33]
2011[34] Jack Black[35]
2012 Will Smith[36]
2013 Josh Duhamel[37]

Hosts after 2003

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. Will Smith hosted the 2012 ceremony ahead of the May 25 release of Men in Black 3. The 2013 ceremony was hosted by Josh Duhamel, who starred in the Transformers film series, which was produced by Nickelodeon's sister studio Paramount Pictures. Duhamel is the first host since O'Donnell, to host the show not to coincide with the release of a child-friendly film release the same year.

To host twice or more

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 awards

These blimps are not orange like the regular blimps and the winners are chosen by the Nickelodeon staff, not the viewers. 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 Award

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 winners

Year Winner(s)
1991 Paula Abdul
1992 Arnold Schwarzenegger
1993 Robin Williams
1994 Boyz II Men
1995 Whitney Houston
1996 Tim Allen
1997 Will Smith
1998 Tia & Tamera Mowry
1999 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
2000 Rosie O'Donnell

The Wannabe Award

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 winners

Year Winner
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 (The Big Help) Award (a green version of the Blimp award, a silver blimp in 2012 ) 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.[38] 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 winners

Year Winner
2009 Leonardo DiCaprio
2010 Michelle Obama, First Lady
2011 Justin Timberlake
2012 Taylor Swift

Slimed celebrities

During 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)
1988 Les Lye
1989 Bill Kirchenbauer
1990 Dave Coulier
Wil Wheaton
1991 Corin Nemec
Bart Simpson
1993 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Zachary Ty Bryan
Taran Noah Smith
1994 James Earl Jones
1995 Mark Curry
1996 Queen Latifah
1997 Rosie O'Donnell
1998 Sean "Diddy" Combs
1999 Randy Savage
Chilli
2000 Will Smith
2001 Tom Cruise
*NSYNC
Melissa Joan Hart
Rosie O'Donnell
2002 Adam Sandler
Pink
Ashanti
2003 Jim Carrey
Rosie O'Donnell
2004 Mike Myers
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen
2005 Will Ferrell
Johnny Depp
Ben Stiller
2006 Robin Williams
Jack Black
2007 Chris Tucker
Jackie Chan
Mandy Moore
Nicole Kidman
Steve Carell
Tobey Maguire
Vince Vaughn
Justin Timberlake
2008 Orlando Bloom
Brendan Fraser
Harrison Ford
Jack Black
2009 Jesse McCartney
Hugh Jackman
Sandra Bullock
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Jonas Brothers
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
2012 Halle Berry
Chris Colfer
Heidi Klum
Taylor Lautner
Justin Bieber
Will Smith
The Miz
The Big Show
Jeff Sutphen
Santino Marella
2013 Pitbull
Dwight Howard
Neil Patrick Harris
Sandra Bullock
Amanda Seyfried
Josh Hutcherson
Josh Duhamel
Nick Cannon

Slime stunts

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
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 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 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 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
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.
2011 Kelvin Ramer 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.[39]
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.

References

External links

  • Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards – Official Site
  • KCA Fun Facts
  • Indonesian Kids' Choice Awards – Official Site
  • Internet Movie Database
  • TV.com
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