Jack Black to Host Kids’ Choice Awards Show

Actor, comedian Jack Black returns to host Nickelodeon‘s 2011 Kids’ Choice Awards (KCA), premiering live on Saturday, April 2. 

Back by popular demand, Black, who will star in the upcoming film Kung Fu Panda 2, returns for the third time (2006 and 2008) to host the show from the new venue, the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles. The show is to honor the hottest celebrities from music, TV, sports and film.

“Jack Black is the perfect mix of comedy, rock and star-power that will set the tone for an amazing show,” said Marjorie Cohn, executive producer of the show. “Jack is always an exciting host because of his unpredictability, incredible comedic timing and ability to connect with our audience.”

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This year, first-time nominees rule the categories as Nickelodeon’s very own Big Time Rush nabbed two – one for Favorite TV Show (up against iCarly, The Suite Life on Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place), the other in the Favorite Music Group category (against Black Eyed Peas, Jonas Brothers and first-time nominee Lady Antebellum).

Recording artist Train (nominated for “Hey, Soul Sister” in the Favorite Song category,) Bruno Mars (nominated for Favorite Male Singer) and Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks (nominated for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for Toy Story 3) also scored first-time nominations.

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Gold medal Olympian Lindsey Vonn made her debut in the Favorite Female Athlete category against Danica Patrick, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Viewers will also vote on who kicked the most butt in film this year as Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid), Steve Carell (Despicable Me), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 2 and first-time nominee) and Will Ferrell (Megamind) compete for the Favorite Butt-Kicker award.

The animated movie categories are filled with star power as Cameron Diaz (Shrek Forever After), Eddie Murphy (Shrek Forever After), Tom Hanks (Toy Story 3) and Tim Allen (Toy Story 3) all received nominations for Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie.

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In television, American Idol returns for its seventh nomination in Favorite Reality Show, up against America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Got Talent and Wipeout, while TV sidekicks battle it out as David Henrie, Jennette McCurdy, Noah Munck and Brenda Song compete for the Funniest Sidekick Category.

Kids will be able to cast their votes online at http://www.nick.com/kca11 beginning March 7 in a total of 20 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

Kids also will be able to vote via the Nick mobile website http://m.nick.com/kca11 and through a new iPhone application.

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For the first time, KCA voting will be extended to an iPad-optimized site, TeenNick.com, and the Nickelodeon Facebook page, facebook.com/nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards will be available on Video On Demand beginning April 3.  KCA clips and shorts will also be available on Nickelodeon’s mobile VOD and online syndication partners.

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Rakesh Raman