Ellen DeGeneres, Fifth Harmony, The Ghostbusters, Kevin Hart, Chris Hemsworth, Jace Norman, Zendaya and more were among those who won coveted orange blimps at Harlem fave Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 11, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast).
Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the unpredictable celebrity mess-fest was broadcast live from USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles, where kids celebrated the best of everything they love in pop culture.
This year’s festivities kicked off with Henry Danger star Jace Norman transporting himself from the set of Henry Danger to the orange carpet, where he ran into Kel Mitchell, JoJo Siwa, and Black-ish cast members Miles Brown and Marsai Martin, before spotting Cena. Cena then made his way to the show stage through a maze of cheering kids, slime and music.
During the show, musical performers Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello took the KCA stage to perform their platinum-selling number-one single, “Bad Things,” against the backdrop of a lighting and projection spectacle. International music sensation Little Mix performed a medley of their hit singles, “Touch” and “Shout Out to My Ex,” right before taking home the blimp for Favorite Global Music Star.
The 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards proved to be a mega slime fest: from Demi Lovato being slime-soaked by a Smurfy set piece; to Chris Pratt getting a surprise sliming in the Kids’ Choice control room; to Kevin Hart getting doused with the coveted green goo after his triple win for Favorite Villain, Most Wanted Pet and BFFs; to the Power Rangers (Becky G., Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Dacre Montgomery) sliming the audience; and Cena receiving the ultimate green surprise while elevated above the stage at the end of the show.
This year’s show put the power of choice in the hands of kids at home with an interactive digital experience like never before. Kids had the opportunity to choose what happens live during the show by casting votes to determine the outcome of multiple stunts including: Jack Griffo and Kira Kosarin competing in the “chubby bunny” challenge; Big Sean and Bethany Mota tossing t-shirts into the audience; DJ Khaled putting the cast of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Mace Coronel, Lizzy Greene, Casey Simpson) against Cena in an epically messy arm wrestle; and Cena and Nick Cannon competing in a hip-hop dance battle.
Additional celebrities who appeared at the show include: Nikki Bella; Dove Cameron; Miranda Cosgrove; Noah Cyrus; Ellen DeGeneres; the Fuller House cast; Gal Gadot; Heidi Klum; Isabela Moner; Chris Pine; Zoe Saldana; John Stamos; Gwen Stefani; Nat Wolff; Maddie Ziegler; and Zendaya, plus stars from Nick’s hit series Game Shakers (Cree Cicchino, Thomas Kuc, Madisyn Shipman); and School of Rock (Lance Lim, Aidan Miner, Ricardo Hurtado, Jade Pettyjohn, Breanna Yde).
In addition to the live votes, Nick’s digital platforms offered a second screen experience that included real-time play alongs, interactive polls that paid off within the show and exclusive real-time updates with photos and videos from the orange carpet and backstage. From Facebook to Snapchat and everything in between, Nickelodeon’s social channels captured all of the best snaps, memes, GIFs, videos and pics from the night. Fans can go to Nick.com or the Nick App to relive all of their favorite show moments by watching video highlights from the live show and flipping through live event pictures.
Nickelodeon’s 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards will encore tonight at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Sunday, March 12, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Replays of the awards will also air on TeenNick Monday March 13, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and on Nicktoons Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will also be available on Nickelodeon On Demand March 12, 2017.
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Photo credit: 1) Zendaya. 2) John Cena and Nikki Bella. 3) Kevin Hart and kids 4) Girl group Little Mix. 5) Gwen Stefani. 6) Machine Gun Kelly and Casie Colson Baker. 7) Kira Kosarin. 8) Actor John Stamos. 9) Elaine 10) Bethany Mota tosses a t-shirt onstage. 11) Demi Lovato. 12) Ellen DeGeneres. 13) Power Rangers. 14) Zoe Saldana. 15) Hiedi Klum. Photo Getty Images.