Los Angeles – Mega-stars Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Jim Carrey, Black Eyed Peas and Jay-Z reigned as this year’s favorites, winning top honors at Nickelodeon’s 23rd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards live telecast.
Hosted by funnyman Kevin James and broadcast from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, the evening got off to a slime-filled start as James and Adam Sandler opened the show with their own rendition of “Get Slimed Tonight” while soaking the audience with the green goo.
Nickelodeon stars and music group Big Time Rush introduced international superstar Rihanna who was joined onstage by a giant dancing robot as she rocked the house with a medley of her hits “Hard,” “Rude Boy” and “Please Don’t Stop the Music.”
Orange blimps were presented to Taylor Lautner for Favorite Movie Actor, Miley Cyrus for Favorite Movie Actress. Jim Carrey won top honors for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie and in the television categories, Favorite Reality Show went to “American Idol,” and Favorite Cartoon to “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
In music, top honors went to Taylor Swift for Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song for “You Belong With Me,” Jay-Z for Favorite Male Singer and Black Eyed Peas for Favorite Music Group.
In a special honor, The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama accepted the first-ever Nickelodeon Big Help Award for inspiring families to be healthy and active through her recently launched Let’s Move! Initiative. In a taped acceptance speech, she acknowledged it was an honor to receive the award and encouraged kids to take control of their lives and health.
Pictures by Kevin Winter