Mon 26 Mar 2018, 08:55
KCA host John Cena, Shawn Mendes, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Laurie Hernandez, Jojo Siwa And Liza Koshy among celebrities doused with iconic slime.
The only live event where kids’ votes count, the Nickelodeon 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards has chosen Uganda’s performing artist Eddy Kenzo as their Favourite African Star.
The singer joined Dwayne Johnson, Demi Lovato, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Zendaya, Shawn Mendes, amongst others who won the coveted orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards that aired on Sunday, Nickelodeon South Africa (DStv channel 305) and Nick Toons (DStv channel 308).
Eddy Kenzo was chosen as the winner amongst some of Africa’s most talented artists, athletes and entertainers: Cassper Nyovest and Caster Semenya (South Africa), Davido and Emanuella (Nigeria) and Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) while BTS (Asia) received the title of Favourite Global Music Star, a category in which globally famed South African DJ, Black Coffee, was nominated.
Alex Okosi, Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) Executive Vice President and Managing Director, said: “At VIMN Africa we are committed to creating opportunities that showcase and celebrate African culture and talent across our channel brands (Nickelodeon, MTV, MTV Base, BET and Comedy Central) both in Africa and around the world. We are proud of all the African nominees at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kid’s Choice Awards who continue to shine a light on the continent.”
Eddy Kenzo said: “There are no words I can use to express my gratitude and happiness for winning the Nickelodeon 2018 Kids' Choice Award, it's a great day for us at Big Talent Records and we are glad to be part of the Nickelodeon Family. Huge thanks to all of our fans all over the world. GOD IS GREAT. Thank you Nickelodeon, 2018 will always be remembered #AfricaTOtheworld. God bless the kids worldwide.”
Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the unpredictable mess-fest was broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., where kids celebrated the best of everything they love in pop culture.
Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa said: “We are exhilarated for performing star Eddy Kenzo for winning the Favourite African Star award, as voted for by the kids, his accomplishment is a first for Uganda from the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards which is incredible. Nickelodeon is proud of all the nominees, who rallied with their fans through the nomination process”.
This year’s festivities included Cena running through the “Upslime Down Room,” Black Panther’s dressing room and the wrestling ring, before slamming onto the KCA stage. Cena then performed the hottest dances–the Swish Swish; The Rolex and Mic Drop–with social media star Backpack Kid and kid dancers.
The 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards proved to be a mega slime-fest: from Heidi Klum and Mel B getting slime-soaked on a swing set while presenting an award; to Favorite Funny YouTube Creator winner Liza Koshy getting a surprise double sliming at the podium and backstage; to Henry Danger star Jace Norman pranking Shawn Mendes with buckets of green goo after winning Favorite Male Artist; and Cena closing the show with an epic finale sliming of the audience after receiving the ultimate dousing himself.
This year’s show put the power of choice in the hands of kids at home with an interactive digital experience. Kids had the opportunity to choose what happens live during the show by casting votes to determine the outcome of multiple stunts including: black-ish star Marsai Martin wearing “Guac Socks” in a game of “Eat It or Wear It,” and social media stars Alex Wassabi and LaurDIY taking on the “Fear Box” challenge.
Additional celebrities in attendance include: Kristen Bell, Josh Brener, Nick Cannon, Echosmith, Kat Graham, Grant Gustin, Laurie Hernandez, Jiffpom, Chloe Kim, Darci Lynne & Petunia, Omar Miller, Ne-Yo, Storm Reid, Ben Schwartz, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Yara Shahidi, Brandon Mychal Smith, Jaden Smith, Hailee Steinfeld, Channing Tatum and Zendaya.
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.
Kids and families casted votes in 19 categories, including four new ones, Favorite Funny YouTube Creator, Favorite Musical YouTube Creator, Favorite Dance Trend and Favorite Instagram Pet. Fans were able to vote for their top picks across all of Nickelodeon’s digital platforms including Nick.com and the Nick app and on iPad, iPhone, Kindle, and select Android devices; along with Twitter using #KCA.
The full list of the Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards winners:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Favourite Movie Actor
Dwayne Johnson (Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
Favourite Movie Actreess
Zendaya (Anne Wheeler, The Greatest Showman & Michelle “MJ” Jones, Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Favourite Animated Movie
Favourite Music Group
Favourite Male Artist
Favourite Female Artist
Shape Of You (Ed Sheeran)
Favourite Breakout Artist
Favourite Global Music Star
Favourite TV Show
Favourite TV Actor
Jace Norman (Henry Hart, Henry Danger)
Favourite TV Actress
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Favourite Funny YouTube Creator
Favourite Musical YouTube Creator
Favourite Instagram Pet
Favourite Dance Trend
Favourite Video Game
Just Dance 2018
Favourite African Star
Eddy Kenzo (Uganda)
Catch the Nickelodeon 2018 Kids Choice Awards repeats on:
Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) on:
Thursday, 29 March at 09:55
Thursday, 29 March at 14:45
Friday, 30 March at 12:10
Saturday, 31 March at 09:00
Saturday, 31 March at 21:10
Sunday, 1 April at 12:10
Sunday, 1 April at 16:10
Saturday, 7 April at 11:45
And on Nick Toons (DStv channel 308) on:
Monday, 26 March at 15:35 CAT
Tuesday, 27 March at 11:25 CAT
Wednesday, 28 March at 12:15 CAT
Friday, 30 March at 16:25 CAT
Saturday, 32 March at 13:55 CAT
Sunday, 1 April at 11:25 CAT
Saturday, 7 April at 08:05 CAT