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Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards
Jonas Brothers KCA.jpg
The Jonas Brothers performing at the 2009 show.
Created by Alan Goodman
Albie Hecht
Fred Seibert
Starring various stars (see below)
Country of origin United States
Running time Approx. 90-120 min. including commercials
Original network Nickelodeon
Original release March 1, 1988 – present
Preceded by The Big Ballot

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, also known as the KCA's, is an annual awards show that shows on Nickelodeon.


2009 KCA Orange Carpet
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. Previous 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; it was expected to be a temporary home, but the network retained Galen for the 2012–14 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.

The 2020 ceremony was the first ceremony to be held in a virtual format, a change that was necessary in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Year Location
1988 Universal Studios Hollywood
1991 Pauley Pavilion
1992 Universal Studios Hollywood
1994 Pantages Theatre
Universal Studios Florida
1995 Barker Hangar
1996 Universal Studios Hollywood
1997 Grand Olympic Auditorium
1998 Pauley Pavilion
2000 Hollywood Bowl
2001 Barker Hangar
2004 Pauley Pavilion
2011 Galen Center
2015 The Forum
2017 Galen Center
2018 The Forum
2019 Galen Center
2020 Virtual show
2021 Barker Hangar


Ceremony hosts

Year Host(s)
1987 Matt Nespole
Rebecca Schwager
Mark Shanahan
1988 Tony Danza
Debbie Gibson
Brian Robbins
Dan Schneider
1989 Nicole Eggert
Wil Wheaton
1990 Dave Coulier
Candace Cameron
David Faustino
1991 Corin Nemec
1992 Holly Robinson
Brian Austin Green
Tori Spelling
1994 Joey Lawrence
Candace Cameron
Marc Weiner
1995 Whitney Houston
1996 Whitney Houston
Rosie O'Donnell
1997 Rosie O'Donnell
2000 Rosie O'Donnell
LL Cool J
David Arquette
Mandy Moore
Frankie Muniz
2001 Rosie O'Donnell
2004 Cameron Diaz
Mike Myers
2005 Ben Stiller
2006 Jack Black
2007 Justin Timberlake
2008 Jack Black
2009 Dwayne Johnson
2010 Kevin James
2011 Jack Black
2012 Will Smith
2013 Josh Duhamel
2014 Mark Wahlberg
2015 Nick Jonas
2016 Blake Shelton
2017 John Cena
2019 DJ Khaled
2020 Victoria Justice
2021 Kenan Thompson


Multiple year hosts

The ceremony has been hosted multiple times by four individuals, with Candace Cameron Bure hosting in 1990 and 1994, Whitney Houston consecutively in 1995 and 1996, then Rosie O'Donnell (who co-hosted with Houston in 1996) alone from 1997 until 2003 (with four other hosts in 2000). This was followed by Jack Black in 2006, 2008 and 2011, and then John Cena, who hosted consecutively for 2017 and 2018.

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), the silver glitter Big Help Award (2010–2012), and the Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

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
1994 Michael Jordan
1995 Boyz II Men
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 without voter input. 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 (originally a green-colored trophy, silver in 2012) is presented to a person who goes above and beyond to help the environment. It is based on Nickelodeon's The Big Help initiative.

Big Green Help (The Big Help) Award winners

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

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Nickelodeon Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a network employee on or off camera that has contributed heavily to the network's success and entertained children with their work.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Year Winner
2014 Dan Schneider

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.


Year Host(s) Location
2014 Michael Strahan Pauley Pavilion
2015 Russell Wilson
2018 Chris Paul Barker Hangar
2019 Michael Strahan

Slimed celebrities

Final Slime a
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.

Although Les Lye was the only celebrity to be slimed at the 1988 awards, a video was shown during the show of then Nickelodeon president Geraldine Laybourne saying the magic words and getting slimed with the original YCDTOTV recipe, much to her dismay, proving that not even the network president was safe from the slime.

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

Year Slimed Celebrity(ies)
1988 Les Lye
1989 Bill Kirchenbauer
1990 Wil Wheaton
1991 Corin Nemec
Bart Simpson (animated segment)
1992 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Zachery 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
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 & 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
Jack Griffo
Kira Kosarin
Diego Velazquez
Addison Riecke
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
2019 Chris Pratt
Will Smith
David Dobrik
Josh Peck
Janelle Monáe
Adam Sandler
DJ Khaled
2020 JoJo Siwa
David Dobrik
Victoria Justice
2021 Charli D'Amelio
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Robert Downey Jr.
Liza Koshy
Kenan Thompson

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.

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" 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.
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.
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.
2015 Cast 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.
2020 Astronauts European Space Agency 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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