Sunday, March 30, 2008

Kid-ding Around

Yesteday afternoon stars like Hayden Panettiere, Rihanna, America Ferrera and Ashlee Simpson glammed it up on the red orange carpet at the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, CA for the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards .. while stars like Shia LaBeouf and Emile Hirsch showed off their poor attempts at facial hair on said orange carpet. The artist formerly known as Destiny Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Drake Bell were the big winners at yesterday's awards show (they each picked up two awards) but a great, slimey time was had by all ... here are a few pics from the orange carpet arrivals yesterday:

Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin

It was the best of both worlds at Saturday's Kids Choice Awards for Miley Cyrus, who took home trophies for favorite female singer and TV actress and rocked the show with a spirited performance of her hit song, "GNO — Girls Night Out." It was also a slime spectacle for the Nickelodeon children's television network, which broadcast the 21st annual show live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in front of 10,000 screaming fans, almost all of them teens and preteens. Akon crashed a dune buggy into giant containers of Nickelodeon's trademark green slime, Usher blasted a sumo wrestler with slime fired from a cannon and supermodel Heidi Klum, attached to a bungee cord and wearing a specially equipped "butt spike belt," flung herself into a wall covered with slime-filled balloons. "Don't try this at home," boxer Laila Ali said as Usher turned the cannon on the sumo wrestler. The slime stunts and other assorted foolishness — which included a soundtrack of celebrities burping as an instrumental version of the Village People song "YMCA" played in the background — took up so much time that presenters never got around to announcing three awards. In the categories that were announced, teen heartthrob Drake Bell was another double winner, collecting his third consecutive orange blimp-shaped trophy for favorite TV actor and another for favorite TV show for Drake and Josh. Drake and Josh upset Cyrus' hit program Hannah Montana in the TV show category. Other winners were Eddie Murphy for favorite voice from an animated movie for Shrek the Third, American Idol for favorite reality show and, one of the biggest crowd favorites of the night, the Jonas Brothers for favorite music group. The ever-polite Jonas Brothers each offered brief thank-yous. Chris Brown won for favorite male singer. Ryan Seacrest accepted the reality show award saying he looked forward to presenting it to "two of the three" of the show's judges. Cyrus, in a black dress with silver spangles, thanked several people, including her mother, father, agent, manager "and my lord and savior Jesus Christ."

Oh, Miley ... hang on to that down home innocence that you wear so well ... I'm sure it will serve you well as your career continues to blossom and expand. It wasn't that along ago that another teen popstress was peddling the same persona at events like these back in the late '90s. [Source]

As always, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards is a big, fun awards event that is geared for kids and always manages to put some of the biggest celebs in very compromising positions ...

Photo credit: Wireimage

And really ... who wouldn't want to see Orlando Bloom covered in slime. I love that the Kid's Choice Awards even exists ... that celebs take note of the kid market and show up year after year to court that market says a lot about the power of kids. Of all the perennial awards shows that keep churning themselves out, this is one of the ones I look forward to most. I can't think of another show that so proudly puts poorly grown porn 'staches on display ... and not even in a dirty way. Love it. Click HERE to see a full list of 2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award winners.