In keeping with tradition, the Kids’ Choice Awards ceremony Saturday night in Inglewood, California was a glorious slime-filled affair. Starting with the Orange Carpet, we saw celebs such as Meghan Trainor, Will Ferrell, and Amy Poehler basking in the thrill of feeling like a kid again. Social media influencers Sophia Grace, Carson Leuders, and Johnny Orlando were out and about to promote the KCAs and the new Nickelodeon show, School of Rock. Even Boo the Dog got a chance to strut his paws on the Orange Carpet, wearing a dapper tuxedo with a lime green tie.
Host Blake Shelton kicked off the KCAs with a hilarious Star-Wars themed intro, including a guest appearance by Selena Gomez (who told Shelton he still couldn’t be part of her squad).
The KCAs went viral early in the night with an epic Snapchat led by Ellen DeGeneres as she presented Adam Sandler with the first award of the night for favorite animated movie.
“We’re going to create the biggest Snapchat,” said the TV personality. “I’ll Snapchat you (the audience) while you Snapchat me.” Overall #KCA was a fantastic night for social media, trending across popular platforms for four hours straight in the US and around the world. The KCAs were the number one social program that Saturday night according to Nielsen Social Guide in all television across all categories and demos (with 457,000 tweets, and 18 million impressions).
Despite the multitude of celebrity appearances, the biggest stars at the KCAs were the kids watching from home. Their live-voting set the stage for hilarious antics throughout the night. Vine star Cameron Dallas always wanted to get slimed, and viewers at home helped make his wish come true. They voted to cover Cameron in green goo instead of video blogger Bethany Mota. This live vote was one of the most popular for the night, with over 18 million votes garnered for Cameron and Bethany’s challenge.
Later on, Shelton and Nickelodeon star Jace Norman let the viewers live vote to decide what the weapon of choice would be for their sneak attack on the members of DNCE waiting backstage. A toilet paper launcher was chosen over a confetti cannon as the best way to prank the stars.
Clever movie and video game integrations were also a huge part of the evening. Fans delighted in seeing their favorite characters come to “life” at the KCAs. The cast of Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers completed a Mario-world themed obstacle course (with help from Nintendo’s Mario and Luigi).
Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows was well represented with Shredder and the Foot Clan attempting to take over the awards ceremony. Luckily, they were thwarted by the Turtles and Casey Jones. After the showdown, Will Arnett took the stage to bring fans to the world premiere of the Shredder escape scene from the movie.
Sony’s Angry Birds was brought to life by its stars Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad. They brought fans an exclusive look at the film and received a slime surprise from a giant slingshot when they tried to fly like Angry Birds.
For Marvel and Disney’s Captain America: Civil War, there was an in-show stunt with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. The stars faced-off before introducing a look at their new movie. To promote Warner Brothers’ Storks, Andy Samberg went backstage to show fans that storks are responsible for delivering many things, including the shiny orange bundles of joy…aka the KCA blimps.
Speaking of the KCA blimps, here are some memorable winners. Fifth Harmony won favorite musical group. Vocalist Ally Brook proclaimed, “We love our fans so much, always go for your dreams!” The girls, especially Brook, were promptly slimed.
The Thundermans actress Kira Kosarin made a touching acceptance speech as she and her fellow cast members took the Orange Blimp for favorite TV show.
“This is insane,” she said. “I’ve been watching the Kids Choice Awards since I was seven, so to even be here, let alone winning a blimp…” Kosarin went on to tearfully thank her fans for motivating her and her cast members to succeed.
Shelton made sure to keep the audience laughing in between awards. In one segment, he let the crowd know that he recently became a victim of “Throwback Thursday.” He shared a photo of his younger self with a mullet and glasses. Fuller House star John Stamos was deemed culprit for worst #TBT, as Shelton shared a photo of Stamos with a mullet of his own.
His prize? A bucket of slime, tossed on his head by Jace Norman as Shelton tricked him into leaning in for a selfie. “Welcome to the slime club, Stamos,” yelled Shelton. Stamos made sure Norman was included in the club, as he rubbed his slime-covered head all over the Nickelodeon star.
The crowd waved cell phones and sang along to Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s live performance of their no. 1 hit, “See You Again.” At the end of the show, DNCE performed their chart-topping, upbeat single “Cake by the Ocean.” Host Blake Shelton gave the audience a final surprise—slime of their very own. “Slime for you,” he shouted, as the audience got doused with the green goo. Not one to be left out of the fun, Shelton ended the show by—how else—getting slimed.
Relive the night on Nick.com and the Nick app.