Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nickelodeon Unveils Three New Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 Voting Categories [Updated]

Rob Gronkowski, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are among the nominees for the fifth annual show, while talent participants will include Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and Michael Strahan.

Nickelodeon today unveiled three new voting categories for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, giving kids the chance to vote for more of their sporting heroes!

Nick's three newly added KCS 2018 voting categories are: Biggest Kid, Most Valuable Most Valuable Player (no, that's not a typo) and Play Of The Year, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The nominees for each new category can be found below.

Hosted by Chris Paul, Houston Rockets’ point guard and former NBA All-Star MVP, Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 is the only show where kids celebrate their favorite athletes and the year’s most unforgettable sports moments in a superstar sports showdown.

The Kids' Choice Sports Awards also has a new airdate: The fifth annual ceremony will air Friday, July 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT (it will be taped live the day before from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.).

The Hollywood Reporter has also revealed that talent participants for Nickelodeon's annual sports awards will include professional snowboarder Shaun White, professional skier Lindsey Vonn, Michael Strahan, Double Dare's Liza Koshy and Marc Summers, Lip Sync Battle Shorties' JoJo Siwa, Knight Squad's Daniella Perkins and Owen Joyner are among the stars you will be able to see July 20.

Update (7/12): UFC fighter-turned-WWE Superstar Ronda Rousey, Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce are also among the sports stars confirmed to be attending Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, next week, TheWrap reports!

Other athletes and entertainment stars to set attend — and no doubt get slimed — are P.K. Subban (NHL, Nashville Predators), Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride), Antonio Brown (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers), Alex and Maia Shibutani (professional figure skaters), and Dude Perfect (The Dude Perfect Show).

Nickelodeon's Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 awards will also see professional racecar driver Danica Patrick receive the Legend Award, which honors athletes who are the ultimate role models to kids across the globe, inspiring generations year after year. Patrick, who is the fifth athlete to receive this honor, joins a prestigious list of past recipients including most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant, soccer legend David Beckham and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter.

Voting for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 is open now! Kids can visit to vote for your sporting heroes, plus find out the latest KCS 2018 news and info.

LeBron James | Credit: Getty Images.

The new categories and nominees, along with Nickelodeon's descriptions for each one, are:

Biggest Kid
The funniest, most playful athletes off the field and court

Andre Drummond, NBA Detroit Pistons
DeAndre Jordan, NBA LA Clippers
Julian Edelman, NFL New England Patriots
Kyrie Irving, NBA Boston Celtics
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
Maia Shibutani, Figure Skating
Rob Gronkowski, NFL New England Patriots
Yasiel Puig, MLB Los Angeles Dodgers

Most Valuable Most Valuable Player (Where "the MVPs from each sport are going head-to-head")
The MVPs from each sport are going head-to-head – choose your favorite!

Giancarlo Stanton, 2017 NL MVP
James Harden, 2018 NBA MVP
Jose Altuve, 2017 AL MVP
Sylvia Fowles, 2017 WNBA MVP
Taylor Hall, 2018 NHL MVP
Tom Brady, 2018 NFL MVP

Play of the Year
Celebrating the most talked about, highlight reel-worthy sports plays of the year.

Aaron Judge Hits 50th Homerun – MLB New York Yankees
Devante Smith-Pelly's Stanley Cup Final Goal –NHL Washington Capitals
George Springer World Series Homerun – MLB Houston Astros
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s Shootout Goal – U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team
Kevin Durant’s ‘Déjà Vu’ Dagger Shot – NBA Golden State Warriors
LeBron James Alley Oop To Himself – NBA Cleveland Cavaliers
Nick Foles Super Bowl “Philly Special” – NFL Philadelphia Eagles
Stefon Diggs Game-Winning “Miracle Catch” – NFL Minnesota Vikings

A list of Nickelodeon's previously announced Kids' Choice Sports 2018 award categories and nominees can be found here. serves as the official destination for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018. Starting today, kids will be able to cast their votes for their favorite athletes and all-star moments from the past year. After voting, it’s game on with all-star polls, sports-themed short-form videos, trivia, photos and more for kids to check out online. Additionally, on July 20, kids will have the chance to play along and root for their favorite athletes during the show on

“I am honored that Nickelodeon asked me to host this year’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards,” former L.A. Clippers player Paul said when it was announced that he was the new host.

“I grew up on Nickelodeon and now love watching it with my kids, and I can’t wait to share this experience with them. I promise to bring the fun, the slime and the most epic stunts in Kids’ Choice Sports history.”

Sponsors for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 include Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Crest®, milk it! Olive Garden® and Verizon.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 is produced by Done and Dusted in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers. Constance Schwartz and Michael Strahan of SMAC Entertainment will serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted, with Hamilton also serving as director of the show.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Originally published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
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