Thursday, 18 March 2021
Nickelodeon’s Orange Blimp took fans on a virtual ride around the world and beyond at this year’s Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021. Hosted by Kenan Thompson (Kenan, Saturday Night Live), the KCAs featured show-stopping performances by Grammy® Award-winning global superstar Justin Bieber, celebrity appearances, exciting surprises and the net’s signature green slime, and revealed kids’ favourite tv shows, movies, music and more. The show broadcasted on NickToons (DStv Channel 308) Monday, 15 March 2021 at 17:30 CAT and rebroadcasted on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) on Wednesday, 17 March at 15:05 CAT.
Nigeria’s comedian Emanuella and Egypt's Liverpool Football Club soccer star Mo Salah scooped the 2021 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for the Favourite African Star and Favourite African Social Media Star respectively. Vanessa Nakate honoured with the Together for Good Africa Award for her efforts in educating society about the effects of climate change.
Nigeria’s comedy star, Emanuella Samuel, known as Emanuella has - by public voting - emerged the winner of the "Favourite African Social Media Star" category at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021. Emanuella was nominated alongside Nigerian comedy group - Ikorodu bois, South African Magician - Wian Van Den Berg; Ugandan Youth Dance Group - Ghetto Kids, Kenyan social media sensation - Elsa Majimbo and South African media personality - Bonang Matheba.
In the Favourite African Star category, Egyptian footballer and Liverpool Football Club foward, Mo Salah was nominated alongside his team-mate , Senegal's Sadio Mane Liverpool midfielder, Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, South Africa actress Thuso Mbedu (South Africa), philanthropist and South Africa Springbok Rugby Captain Siya Kolisi and Uganda's Sheebah Karungi leading dancer and songstress.
Speaking on this year’s African talents who emerged as winners, Monde Twala, Senior Vice President & GM ViacomCBS networks Africa commented, “Africa is indisputably brimming with talent, and it is such a huge feat to witness two young, talented and inspiring female winners from Nigeria and Uganda emerge triumphantly at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021. At ViacomCBS Networks Africa, we are deeply vested in showcasing African talent on the world stage across our platforms. The youth generation contribute significantly to bringing kids hope, enthusiasm and courage to kids across the continent,” he concluded.
The ecstatic Favourite African Star winner Mo Salah commented, “It is great to be nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and it’s more amazing to have won the Favourite African Star Award, thank you everyone for voting for me and remember to stay safe."
Expressing her delight at receiving the Award, Emanuella said, “I am so happy to be a winner, thank you! To all my fans out there, [I say] thank you. To all those who voted for me, I love you so much, this win would not have been possible without you”. The young star also took the opportunity to urge viewers not to “forget to stay safe”. “Always stay at home and remember to clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitisers. We love you so much”, she added.
The African Together for Good winner, Vanessa Nakate commented, "It is really awesome to have been selected for the Together For Good Award, it is so amazing to see my efforts for climate justice being recognised, we will continue to educate the society about the effects of climate change."
Nigerian comedian, Emanuella
Other major highlights from Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 include:
Special remarks from Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, introduced by actress Jennifer Garner, as part of the show’s Generation Change presentation, which recognized kids’ strength and courage to create a better world for future generations;
Performances by Grammy® Award-winning global superstar Justin Bieber of his chart-topping hit “Intentions,” joined by Quavo and introduced by Hailey Bieber; and a medley of his latest singles, “Hold On” and “Anyone;”
The Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous slimings
The winning Baby category – Baby Shark
The reunion of Nickelodeon’s iCarly cast members Miranda Cosgrove (Carly Shay), Jerry Trainor (Spencer Shay) and Nathan Kress (Freddie Benson) as they presented the KCA for “Favorite Movie;”
An exclusive sneak peek clip of PAW Patrol: The Movie, teased by members of the voice cast, Kim Kardashian, Tyler Perry, Yara Shahidi and Marsai Martin;
Outrageous and epic slimings of Robert Downey Jr., Charli D’Amelio, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Liza Koshy, as well as KCA host, Kenan Thompson;
Setting a Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous slimings;
Live and interactive fan walls showcasing families at home, with a special KCA award presented to one lucky family that was chosen during the show;
And celebrity appearances from Gal Gadot, Millie Bobby Brown, BTS, Addison Rae, Sofía Vergara, David Dobrik, Tiffany Haddish, Anna Kendrick, Dove Cameron, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Dixie D’Amelio, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Joshua Bassett, Anthony Anderson, Dani & Dannah Lane and Iain Armitage; as well as Nickelodeon stars: JoJo Siwa; That Girl Lay Lay; Jules LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels (Side Hustle); Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Darci Lynne (Unfiltered); and Young Dylan (Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan).
Egypt's Liverpool Football Club soccer star, Mo Salah
The following are Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021:
FAVOURITE AFRICAN SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
TOGETHER FOR GOOD (AFRICA)
FAVOURITE AFRICAN STAR
FAVOURITE KIDS TV SHOW
Alexa & Katie
FAVOURITE FAMILY TV SHOW
FAVOURITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent
FAVOURITE ANIMATED SERIES
FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR
Millie Bobby Brown
FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR
Wonder Woman 1984
FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Millie Bobby Brown
FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTOR
Robert Downey Jr.
FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE
FAVOURITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST
FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST
FAVOURITE MUSIC GROUP
FAVOURITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“Stuck with U” – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber
“Dynamite” – BTS
FAVOURITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
FAVOURITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
FAVOURITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
FAVOURITE MALE SPORTS STAR
FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME