The family-friendly slime-fest that is Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards lit up Nickelodeon, TeenNick, and Nicktoons for millions of fans on Sunday, July 17. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson again hosted the event, which celebrated some of the biggest stars in sports and included appearances from two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, Cy Young Award-winning Major League Baseball pitcher CC Sabathia, legendary skater Tony Hawk and many others.
But even with this powerhouse lineup springing onto the stage at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, the real stars remained the kids—from the thousands in attendance to the many more watching from home. Their online votes determined the winners, with voting on Nick.com and the Nickelodeon App increasing by 40 percent over last year.
Check out these incredible moments below, and then visit the website for more slime, sports, and surprises.
The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson competed in the Big Slime Ballers Challenge.
Curry and Thompson faced off by lofting giant, inflatable basketballs toward a pair of oversized hoops. Each shot triggered torrents of slime onto a brave group of kids stationed beneath the nets.
One young fan took home $50,000 in the Triple Shot Challenge.
Nickelodeon representatives scoured the nation for the past year, searching for the most precocious young athletes to compete in the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards Triple Shot Challenge. After careful consideration, Reynaldo Fernandez of Los Angeles, California; Jake Lombardo of Wayne, New Jersey; and Oliver Callanan, of Portland, Oregon were chosen for this year’s challenge.
Fernandez teamed up with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who coached him in the art of the half-court basketball shot. NFL quarterback and defending league MVP Cam Newton helped Lombardo attempt a touchdown on a miniature football field.
But it was U.S. soccer midfielder and Olympic Gold Medal winner Brandi Chastain who proved to be the best coach—she trained Callanan, who made a 30-yard kick on the soccer field, hitting the goal’s crossbar on his first try:
NBA legend Kobe Bryant was drowned in a cascade of gold slime.
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who recently retired after a 20-year career headlined by five championships and 18 All-Star appearances, won the Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award. After stepping off the stage, he looked more like his gold trophy than a celebrity.
Bryant delivered an inspiring speech. “It seems like it was yesterday I was about your age,” said Bryant. “I had ambitions of being one of the best basketball players of all time. Through hard work and dedication, that dream came true…I challenge you to go after your dream with everything you have. Be legendary in your own right.”
The crowd cheered, and Bryant was doused in gold goo. “That’s like winning the championship,” shouted the legend.
Who’s got the best moves, a seasoned R&B dancer or a Super Bowl champion?
Triple-threat model, dancer, and singer Ciara – who has appeared on Nick’s hit show Ricky, Nicky, Dicky and Dawn, and New England Patriots tight end Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski – host of Nick’s hilarious new Crashletes – faced off in a classic hip-hop dance battle. Ciara and her all-girl crew busted spunky moves to the beat of Meghan Trainor’s Me Too.
Next up: Gronk and his backup dancers grooved to Flo Rida’s My House. His squad of boys and girls had no problem staying in sync with the NFL champion.
Ciara was not impressed. Her team followed up with some feisty swagger, dancing to Rihanna’s Work.
But Gronk wasn’t finished. He capped off his routine with a shocking blitz, bringing host Russell Wilson (who happens to be Ciara’s husband) out to help finish the battle—dressed in drag as an old woman. The host wore a prim housedress, cardigan, thick glasses and a gray wig.
Grandma Wilson grinded to Rihanna’s hit song with the help of a walker. The audience erupted in laughter and applause. Even Ciara’s team looked impressed.
“It looks like Granny and Gronk won that competition,” pantomimed Wilson in a squeaky voice. It was a throwback to last year’s joint Ciara/Wilson performance, in which the duo set the audience off with a swaggering duel of Silentó’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).
It was a moment that crystalized the spirit of the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards—everyone can be a kid at a Nickelodeon party.
Watch the full dance-off here.
2016 has been a tremendous year for Viacom award shows so far, with record-setting ratings and torrid social media engagement. The CMT Music Awards attracted a record of nearly 4 million viewers. Logo’s Trailblazer Honors was the largest LGBT Pride event ever to be televised. And the BET Awards attracted over 7 million viewers, making it the top cable awards show this broadcast season for the 18-46 age demographic.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards followed this trend, with 2.5 million viewers fueled by those in the K2-11 and K6-11 age demographics, who watched the show in greater numbers than they did the week’s other major sports-themed programming, including ESPN’s Home Run Derby, Fox’s MLB All-Star Game, and the 2016 ESPY Awards. It was a slam dunk for a network that clearly knows its fans.
Here’s the full list of winners, as chosen by our fans: