2008 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards Backstage
Wow! The stars! The excitement! The slime! Nick’s Kids’ Choice 2008
Every year Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards gets better and better, with the traditional gooey green slime flowing all over the stars at the fun-filled mess-fest.
This year, the 21st annual KCA airs live March 29 from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, with Jack Black back hosting the big event. Black (of School of Rock and King Kong fame) is the perfect host for the noisy, no-holds-barred, Kids Rule! celebration. “When you’re doing a show for the kids, you can get extra crazy and loony.”
In addition to Black going wild, event highlights include Miley Cyrus (a 2007 KCA winner) and The Naked Brothers Band performing.
The hottest little girl in showbiz, Miley and her dad Billy Ray Cyrus have their own hosting gig coming up with the 2008 CMT Music Awards. It will be Monday, April 14, live from Nashville on CMT. So the triple-platinum Hannah Montana star is looking for hosting tips from wild-man Black.
As for her tastes in music, of course she’s a little bit country and rock’n’roll, but she’s said that she loves Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”
The Naked Brothers, Nat and Alex Wolff are more retro, with a strong preference for classic Beatles tunes. Lead singer-keyboards, Nat, 13, gushed, “When I was growing up, I was just such a huge Beatles fan. They’ve been a big influence in my life.”
Nat writes all of the original music for The Naked Brothers Band series on Nickelodeon, with his 10-year-old drummer brother Alex, whose lives as young rock stars are chronicled on the semi-fictitious show.
Their music is loved by all of their fans, who are easily hooked on TV musicals nowadays. Why? Nat explained, “I think it’s like a new opportunity to get music. There’s now the Internet, with iTunes and all that stuff. And seeing music on TV is part of that. It’s easier than going to a record store. And it’s like you get to see a personality, and then you get to hear the music.”
Nat added, “When you see the personality of the music, it’s twice as good. I mean, I love the Beatles. The Beatles’ music is what inspired me for everything. But also, I just love watching their movies, Help and A Hard Day’s Night.”
Who else can be seen strolling the KCA orange carpet ? Everybody! Steve Carell, Cameron Diaz, Chris Brown, Heidi Klum, Drake Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Ashlee Simpson, Miranda Cosgrove, Amy Poehler, America Ferrera, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Howie Mandel, Josh Peck and Ryan Seacrest, among many others, including the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf.
In the past, American Idol sweetheart Paul Abdul has always been a regular at KCA, but this year she's out plugging her music video "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow." It's produced by her fellow Idol judge Rand Jackson. Both Paula and Randy can be spotted hanging out together. They actually like each other, unlike Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest.
Another regular at KCA is Devon Werkheiser, the star of Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, a real gem in the Nickelodeon lineup. Devon has signed with Universal Records, and his debut album will be out later this year, packed with original songs from the talented 17-year-old.
Age doesn’t matter at Kids Choice. In fact, many famous grown-ups have been seen enjoying slime-time. Among the drenched stars from past shows have been Johnny Depp (“It’s a big honor,” he reported.), Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, and one year Robin Williams hosed down Jack Black and covered him in bright green goo.
This year exclusive backstage web cams give kids control of what they want to see on TurboNick, the interactive broadband home base for all things Kids’ Choice Awards. It gives kids an insider’s look at the entire live event: on the orange carpet, backstage, and at the after party.
Nickelodeon’s 2008 Kids’ Choice Awards is produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain productions. Saturday Night Live veteran Beth McCarthy directs, with Bob Bain and Marjorie Cohn executive producers, and Paula Kaplan co-executive producer. General Mills, Burger King, Kia Motors and Hasbro are presenting sponsors of the 2008 Kids Choice Awards, with Dixie, Sketchers and Kraft Foods serving as associate sponsors.