ADAM SANDLER, HILARY DUFF, WILL SMITH, USHER, AVRIL LAVIGNE, ROMEO, RAVEN, "SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS," TONY HAWK, GREEN DAY, "LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS" AND MORE GRAB TOP HONORS AT NICKELODEON'S 18TH ANNUAL KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS
Kids Cast Over 15 Million Votes for Their Favorites in 15 Categories
Queen Latifah Captures Wannabe Award
Jamie Foxx Nabs First Celebrity Hidden Talent Award
Johnny Depp Doused in Spectacular Superstar Sliming
Will Ferrell and Host Ben Stiller Get the Goo, Too
Donald Trump's Declaration "You're fired!" Triggers World Record-Setting Human Cannonball Stunt; Nick Cannon Fires off Colorful Commentary
Los Angeles, Calif. – April 2, 2005 – Adam Sandler, Hilary Duff, Will Smith, Usher, Avril Lavigne, Romeo, Raven, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and Tony Hawk are among those who clinched coveted Kids' Choice Blimp Awards at Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, in a live telecast featuring the hottest stars of TV, movies, music and sports, Saturday, April 2 (8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT). Kids honored their favorites at this year's no-holds-barred kudos/mess-slime fest hosted for the first time by Ben Stiller at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Over 15 million kids voted in a total of 15 categories on Nick.com and via cell phones by wireless text messaging, March 7-April 2, and for their Favorite Athlete, Favorite Book and Favorite Video Game through a mail-in ballot offered exclusively in Nickelodeon Magazine's March issue.
Tally yielded Favorite Movie Actress for last year's Favorite Singer, Hilary Duff (A Cinderella Story); and Favorite Movie Actor for last year's Wannabe Award winner Adam Sandler (50 First Dates) who won a pair of Blimps in 2003, too, for Mr. Deeds and 8 Crazy Nights. The Incredibles nabbed Favorite Movie while Will Smith scored his fourth Blimp, this year as Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie (Shark Tale). SpongeBob SquarePants absorbed honors for the third consecutive year as Favorite Cartoon. Top TV awards went to American Idol as Favorite Show and to Romeo (Romeo!) and last year's winner Raven (That's So Raven) as Favorite Actor and Actress. Tony Hawk notched his third consecutive Blimp for Favorite Athlete. In music, Usher clinched Favorite Male Singer and Favorite Song (Burn), while Avril Lavigne was Favorite Female Singer. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events took Favorite Book honors.
In a show highlight, The Wannabe Award, an annual honor bestowed on a celebrity role model who kids most "want to be," was presented to Queen Latifah by Halle Berry. Upon accepting the award, Queen Latifah thanked Nickelodeon, kids of America -- and her parents for, "setting such a good example... I wanna be like my mom and dad," she said, and she urged parents to "raise your kids right."
And in a breathtaking Kids' Choice stunt, Donald Trump triggered a World Record-setting human cannonball with his oft-dreaded declaration, "You're fired!" And Nick Cannon fired off colorful commentary, as the skyward soaring daredevil wowed the crowd and stayed true to Kids' Choice tradition with the never-before-attempted slimy feat -- ultimately landing in a net that exploded into Nickelodeon's signature green slime.
Jamie Foxx astounded all with his "eye-robics" rotating his eyeballs in different directions and took home a Blimp in a brand-new category emceed by Justin Timberlake this year: "Celebrity Hidden Talent." He revealed the singular skill on the orange carpet, competing with other stars' jaw-dropping demonstrations, including Cameron Diaz's "A Speak," her special language, and Jessica Alba's double-jointed backwards thumb. During the show kids voted for their favorite in real time on nick.com.
In a climactic moment of mess, slime showers splashed down on a surprised Johnny Depp, drenching him from head to toe, spreading goo to host Ben Stiller. Craving a sliming, Stiller dove into a puddle of slime eliciting additional shrieks of delight from the crowd. Not ready for slime time Will Ferrell gleefully weathered slime showers too, courtesy of Mia Hamm. This year's stars sloshed in the footsteps of previous years' wearers of the green, including Mike Myers, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen and Rosie O'Donnell.
The star-studded telecast featured celebrity participants including Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Chris Rock, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Adam Brody, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Jamie Lynn Spears, Lil' Romeo, George Lopez, Haden Christiansen and the cast of Star Wars, Amber Tamblyn, Ice Cube, Alyssa Milano, Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, Hilary Duff, the cast of American Idol – Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson -- Mia Hamm, Jessica Alba, Drake Bell, Josh Peck, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jesse McCartney, Devon Werkheiser, and the cast of All That.
Four-time Kids' Choice Award winner Will Smith marked his first award show musical performance in three years with the debut of Switch from his upcoming album Lost and Found, in a lavish production number replete with a panoply of clowns, drummers and dancers sambaing around a magnificent cotton candy machine. Playing a key part in the grand plan, multi-platinum selling punk-pop quintet Simple Plan rocked the house -- and got the slime flowing -- by performing Shut Up!, their latest single off their current sophomore album "Still Not Getting Any," from the middle of the mosh pit.
Furthermore, U-Pick Live's Brent Popolizio, Candace Bailey and Pick Boy kicked off the night with a unique live two-hour pre-show, Countdown to Kids' Choice (6-7:30 p.m. ET/PT), featuring celebrity interviews on the orange carpet, preceding the Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. A special episode premiere of The Fairly OddParents (7:30 p.m. ET/PT) led directly into the awards telecast. The entire awards telecast will encore Sunday, April 3 at 4p.m.; Tuesday, April 5 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. (all times ET/PT).
Following are Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards winners:
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Hilary Duff (A Cinderella Story)
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Adam Sandler (50 First Dates)
FAVORITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Will Smith (Shark Tale)
FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP
FAVORITE FEMALE SINGER
FAVORITE MALE SINGER
FAVORITE TV SHOW
FAVORITE TV ACTRESS
Raven (That's So Raven)
FAVORITE TV ACTOR
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
CELEBRITY HIDDEN TALENT AWARD:
Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards was seen in more than 150 million households on Nickelodeon's international channels in the U.K., Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, Latin America and Brazil, as well as the U.S.
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