While a number of major events have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards charged ahead Saturday night. The hour-long ceremony, initially scheduled for March 22, was “virtually produced” — conducted via video conferencing to accommodate social distancing — offering up a possible blueprint for other awards ceremonies as the wait for a COVID-19 vaccine continues.
Victoria Justice, star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and “Victorious,” hosted. The night’s first big winner was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who took the award for a favorite movie actor. (Coincidentally, The Rock celebrated his 48th birthday Saturday.)
He was nominated for roles in two movies: “Fast & Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw” and “Jumanji: The Next Level.”
Kids’ Choice Awards: See who took home top honors in major categories “I want you to stay positive, to stay happy, to stay healthy, to go to bed feeling good tonight,” Johnson told viewers while holding his award, which had been mailed to him.
Music power couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello took top honors for favorite music collaboration for “Señorita.” Mendes also got the win for a favorite male artist.
“I love you guys and I miss you so much,” Mendes said. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think how incredible my fans are,” Cabello promised the two would celebrate by making some organic slime and sliming themselves later.
“I’ve always felt it was the perfect show for kids,” she said. “I mean, where else do you get to see adults blasted in the face with pudding?”
DeGeneres took the time to offer words of encouragement to children — and their parents — who are both adjusting to these unprecedented times, including holding classes at home.
“A real teacher has got to be better than your mom in old pajamas,” she kidded. “Even though this is a hard time, remember it won’t last forever.”
Voters cast online ballots in about 30 categories, including favorite music artists, family TV shows as well as movies and actresses and actors from TV and film.
Josh Gad shared the award for a favorite animated movie with his “Frozen 2” castmates, joking that the Kids’ Choice Awards blimp in his hands was “the closest I’m going to get to air transportation right now.” In conjunction with the show, Nickelodeon said it plans to donate $1 million to No Kid Hungry, an organization that fights childhood hunger.