The inaugural Nickelodeon 2014 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards became the top rated sports telecast this week, besting the ESPYs with 2.3 million viewers. The event allowed kids to cast votes for their favorite athletes, teams and sports moments from the year.
Among the many superstar athletes on the first-ever ballot were Carmelo Anthony, Tom Brady, Gabby Douglas, Kevin Durant, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Gracie Gold, LeBron James, Derek Jeter, Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning, Candace Parker, Danica Patrick, Chris Paul, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lindsey Vonn, Dwyane Wade, Abby Wambach, Tiger Woods and many more!
Legendary Super Bowl Champion and Fox NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan, who is also the co-host of the top-rated morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael, hosted the telecast.
The show included honors such as the Kids’ Choice Sports’ first Legend Award, a gold mohawked blimp, going to David Beckham for his outstanding sportsmanship on the field. Beckham also received the first-ever gold sliming with his sons Romeo and Cruz!
The awards featured a halftime show by Florida Georgia Line, who performed a medley of their smash hits including “Cruise” and “This is How We Roll.” Also during the halftime show, 15-year-old Los Angeles-resident Ricardo Jacobo Jr. sunk the shot of a lifetime winning an amazing $50,000 on live television as his idol Kevin Durant (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder) cheered him on from the front row. Jacobo qualified for the opportunity at an open call held earlier this month at the Westfield Century City mall.
Additional highlights from the celebration include: Super Bowl XLVIII champion Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks) running an epic football play into a pool of slime with a KCS trophy; Will Arnett (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie) and New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist going head to head in a hockey shoot-out; a cross-arena football pass by sports trick shot group Dude Perfect; and an exhilarating grand finale featuring multi-Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams who performed his chart-topping hit “Happy.”
And who could forget the live vote during the show in which kids decided on the contents–maple syrup, whipped cream or slime–of the giant dunk tanks in the “Verizon Power Dunk” competition. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald prevailed, dunking Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas III in a giant tank of green goo, only to be dunked himself by Strahan!
The awards presenters included: Super Bowl XLVIII champion Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), NBA MVP superstar Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Will Arnett and Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), Victor Cruz (New York Giants), Metta World Peace (New York Knicks), George Lopez (Lopez Tonight), pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) and Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family).
The event was sponsored by Verizon and SUBWAY® restaurants with associate sponsorships from Air Hogs and Mattel’s BOOMco. The telecast was produced by Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done + Dusted (London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014), with Hamilton also serving as director of the show. Constance Schwartz of SMAC Entertainment also served as executive producer.
Check out our PHOTO GALLERY from the red carpet.