The annual exciting and fun green goo-fest, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (KCA) which celebrates fan-favorite stars across the worlds of film, television, music, sports, and more, announced its picks for the 2021 ceremony this week ahead of the live award show.
Leading the pack with the most nods are Justin Bieber with five and Stranger Things with four. Ariana Grande, The Croods: A New Age, Henry Danger, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Soul, Trolls World Tour, and Wonder Woman 1984, are all tied with three nominations each.
The 2021 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards nominees list includes Zozibini Tunzi, Elsa Majimbo, Bonang, Siya Kolisi, Thuso Mbedu, Master KG and more African stars. The nominees include Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Elsa Majimbo, Bonang Matheba, Thuso Mbedu, Siya Kolisi, Master KG and more. This year’s nominee list is competitive with emerging African acts amplifying the hype and garnering attention from around the world.
African celebrities and their fans have their eyes set on the most coveted categories for “Favorite African Act” and “Favorite African Social Media Star”. South African stars dominate the “Favorite Africa Act” category, this according to News24. South African national rugby team captain Siya Kolisi, Zozibini Tunzi and Emmy-nominated South African actress Thuso Mbedu have bagged half the nominee spots. Other notable nominees are football sports stars Mo Salah from Egypt and Liverpool player Sadio Mane from Senegal. Ugandan singer Sheebah closes of the highly contested category. Eddy Kenzo is the only Ugandan to have won this award back in 2018 after defeating Davido, Diamond Platnumz, Casper Nyovest, Comedian Emanuela in the highly competitive ‘Best African Entertainer’. Rapper Sho Madjozi currently holds the title of “Favorite African Act” after winning the virtual awards last year.
According to YNaija, breakout social media star Elsa Majimbo from Kenya has made the nominations list for “Favorite African Social Media Star”. Nigerian actress Emmanuella known for her comical sketches will also be vying in the same category. International media personality Bonang Matheba and social media magician Wian Van den Berg have also bagged nominations for South Africa. Sensational Ugandan dance group Ghetto Kids and Nigerian social media comedy group Ikorodu Bois (young boys, who are known for recreating and mimicking multi-million-dollar music videos, Hollywood film trailers and epic pictures) complete the category list.
“Jerusalema” hitmaker Master KG from South Africa is the only African nominee in the “Global Music Star” category. He will have to win against notable global stars, Korean pop group BTS, French DJ David Guetta, Savannah Clarke representing Australia, American singer Taylor Swift and Sebastian Yatra from Latin America.
According to the network, for the first time ever, Nickelodeon’s Orange Blimp will leave the KCA venue and take fans on a wild ride filled with slime and messy stunts, where viewers will travel to outer space, Bikini Bottom, and right into celebrities’ homes using XR technology. This year’s show will also feature live and interactive fan walls that bring celebrities and families at home to the main stage; second screen live voting all night long where fans stay in control; and a KCA award presented by one lucky family chosen during the show. Musical performances will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2021 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards will be hosted by Actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member, Kenan Thompson.
See the full list of nominees below.
FAVORITE KIDS TV SHOW
Alexa & Katie
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
FAVORITE FAMILY TV SHOW
FAVORITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior Junior
The Masked Singer
FAVORITE ANIMATED SERIES
Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks
The Boss Baby: Back in Business
LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar
The Loud House
Teen Titans Go!
FAVORITE FEMALE TV STAR
Ella Anderson (Piper Hart, Henry Danger)
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)
Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge, Riverdale)
Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)
Sofia Wylie (Gina, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
FAVORITE MALE TV STAR
Iain Armitage (Sheldon Cooper, Young Sheldon)
Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical Series)
Dylan Gilmer (Young Dylan, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan)
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)
Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger and Danger Force)
Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler, Stranger Things)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Wonder Woman 1984
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes, Enola Holmes)
Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984)
Anne Hathaway (Grand High Witch, The Witches)
Vanessa Hudgens (Princesses, The Princess Switch: Switched Again)
Yifei Liu (Mulan, Mulan)
Melissa McCarthy (Carol Peters, Superintelligence)
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR
Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog)
Robert Downey Jr. (Dr. John Dolittle, Dolittle)
Will Ferrell (Lars Erickssong, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton)
Chris Pine (Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman 1984)
Adam Sandler (Hubie Dubois, Hubie Halloween)
FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE
The Croods: A New Age
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe
Trolls World Tour
FAVORITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Tina Fey (22, Soul)
Jamie Foxx (Joe Gardner, Soul)
Anna Kendrick (Poppy, Trolls World Tour)
Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot, Onward)
Ryan Reynolds (Guy, The Croods: A New Age)
Emma Stone (Eep, The Croods: A New Age)
Justin Timberlake (Branch, Trolls World Tour)
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST
FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP
Black Eyed Peas
FAVORITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“Be Kind” – Marshmello & Halsey
“Holy” – Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper
“Ice Cream” – BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez
“Lonely” – Justin Bieber & benny blanco
“Rain on Me” – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande
“Stuck with U” – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
“Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd
“Cardigan” by Taylor Swift
“Dynamite” by BTS
“Toosie Slide” by Drake
“Wonder” by Shawn Mendes
“Yummy” by Justin Bieber
FAVORITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
Savannah Clarke (Australia)
David Guetta (Europe)
Master KG (Africa)
Taylor Swift (North America)
Sebastián Yatra (Latin America)
FAVORITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
FAVORITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
FAVORITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
FAVORITE MALE SPORTS STAR
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The award show will take place on the 15th of March and will simulcast on NikToons (DStv Channel 308) and the show repeat will broadcasted on the 17th of March on Nickelodeon (DStv Channel 305), Nick Jr, Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Fans can vote for their favorites on the official Kids’ Choice Awards website, KidsChoiceAwards.com, Screens Up app on supported iPad, iPhone, and Android devices (U.S), International fans can cast votes through the Nick Play app and on Twitter with the hashtags #(followed by the name of the person/group you are voting for) & #KCA.