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One Direction wins top honor Grande, Gomez pick Kids’ Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 30, (Agencies): The green slime flowed freely at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, where boy band One Direction and actress-singer Ariana Grande took home orange blimps handed out by youth cable channel Nickelodeon. Shot from canons, bursting forth from geysers and babbling in a river across the stage, everything and everyone, even “un-slimable” host Mark Wahlberg, were soaked by the green stuff. The British-Irish vocal group, who won favorite music group and favorite song for “Story of My Life,” avoided the slime, accepting the awards from London where they are preparing for an upcoming tour. Grande, a 20-year-old pop singer and star of Nickelodeon series “Sam & Cat” won for favorite TV actress and “Sam & Cat” was voted favorite TV show. Viewers were able to cast votes online in more than 20 categories, spanning film, television, books, music and sport for the stunt-filled annual award show on the Viacom Inc-owned network.

The show, in its 27th year, is an annual stop for Hollywood stars who are popular among teenage and young viewers. It featured performances by singer Aloe Blacc and indie rock band American Authors, who closed with the hit “Best Day of My Life.” Singer-actress Selena Gomez won an orange blimp for the sixth consecutive year. The 21-year-old former Disney actress was voted favorite female singer. She had won favorite TV actress from 2009 to 2013. “I just have to say that you guys have been the most loyal, dedicated people in my life because you continuously every year bless me with the opportunity to do what I love,” Gomez said accepting the award. A running gag throughout the stunt-filled show was how “Transformers” star Wahlberg could not be doused in slime. At the show’s end, the actor was distracted by his kids and comedian Kevin Hart until the slime rained down Wahlberg, who crossed himself and huddled to withstand the deluge. “Iron Man” film series star Robert Downey Jr. won the favorite male “buttkicker” award for last year’s blockbuster “Iron Man 3.”
“I wasn’t always a buttkicker. In fact, life has kicked my proverbial butt countless times in many ways through many years until I decided one day to start kicking back,” the 48-year-old actor who struggled with addiction early in his career. “To all the kids around this wonderful blue planet, thank you for this awesome statue, and remember: when life is kicking your butt, never forget to kick it back right in the face,” Downey added. Actor-comedian Adam Sandler, 47, made it rain orange balls on the crowd with a garbled magic spell while accepting his blimp for favorite movie actor. Other winners included sci-fi adventure film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as favorite movie, and its star, Jennifer Lawrence, won for favorite movie actress and favorite female buttkicker, but was not on hand to accept the awards.
Disney’s Oscar-winning film “Frozen” won for favorite animated movie, while comedian Hart won for favorite funny star and the youth fiction series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” won favorite book.
Dan Schneider, an executive producer of popular Nickelodeon shows over the past two decades such as “Kenan & Kel,” “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat,” won a lifetime achievement award.
Robert Downey Jr turned inspirational speaker at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally caught up with Mark Wahlberg — thanks to some unlikely slimers.
Nickelodeon’s 27th annual awards show was among its more entertaining, opening with a sprawling and colorful Todrick Hall-choreographed performance and closing with Wahlberg’s eventual sliming on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Along the way One Direction won two awards, producer Dan Schneider won the show’s first lifetime achievement award and Robert Downey Jr got real after winning best male buttkicker.
“This is the highest honor yet bestowed on me — I’m grateful, humble, the whole deal,” the “Iron Man” star said. “You know I wasn’t always a buttkicker. In fact, life has kicked my proverbial butt countless times in many ways for many years, until I decided one day to start kicking back. Now look at me!” He slipped in a plug for new movie “Avengers 2” before advising, “Remember when life is kicking your butt, never forget to kick it back right in the face.” More than a dozen former and current teen stars joined on stage to salute Schneider, the creator of several of the network’s most popular shows, including “iCarly,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Sam & Cat,” a current Nickelodeon hit that won favorite TV show and favorite TV actress for star Ariana Grande. “You’ve made more milk come out of kids’ noses than anyone else,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson said in a video message.
One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for “Story of My Life,” Lawrence won favorite movie actress and favorite female buttkicker, Selena Gomez was named favorite female singer, Adam Sandler was named favorite male actor at the fan-voted awards and Kevin Hart took favorite funny star. The awards show isn’t much more than an excuse to slime some of today’s top stars, and first-time host Wahlberg executed several slimings as he successfully escaped the green goo for the show’s first 80 minutes. His first victims were actress Kaley Cuoco and Pharrell, who chose fortuitously to wear a pair of bright yellow SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas instead of his now-trademark poofy fedora. It was Hart who eventually tricked Wahlberg into the goo, with an assist from the actor’s three young children. “I can’t believe my own kids turned on me,” Wahlberg shouted.

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