LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - They came, they saw, they got slimed!
From start to finish, the gooey green stuff poured onto fans in the front rows of the Nickelodeon television network’s Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday as stars ranging from Miley Cyrus to the Black Eyed Peas came away winners.
The Kids’ Choice Awards annually draws some of Hollywood’s biggest stars of music, movies and TV shows who are promoting upcoming films, TV shows or music to young fans.
The 2011 ceremony got off to a monstrous start as host Jack Black, whose “Kung Fu Panda 2” hits theaters in May, drove a 10 foot tall (3-meter-tall) monster truck over the top of two fancy limousines, then performed a song with the Black Eyed Peas.
The first winner was Johnny Depp, who was named favorite movie actor for his role as the Mad Hatter in “Alice In Wonderland,” and after collecting his orange blimp Kids’ Choice trophy, he pulled out a hose and dowsed the kids with slime.
Russell Brand got the green stuff flung at him while giving the award for favorite animated movie voice to Eddie Murphy in “Shrek Forever After.” Model Heidi Klum took a face full of the stuff when she handed out the blimp for favorite TV actress to Selena Gomez of Disney show “Wizards of Waverly Place.”
Two of the few performers who didn’t get the slime — widely considered an honor at the Kids’ Choice — were Miley Cyrus, who was named favorite movie actress for drama “The Last Song,” and Jaden Smith, who scooped up a blimp for his film, “The Karate Kid,” the remake that won best movie.
The Black Eyed Peas were named best group and Willow Smith, Jaden Smith’s sister, performed her hit song, “Whip My Hair.
Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn scored a blimp for favorite female athlete, and topping off the night was the cast of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” collecting a trophy for top TV show.
Along with winners of Kids Choice Awards, who were picked through online voting, singer Justin Timberlake was given a special silver blimp called The Big Help Award for his efforts in raising money for the Shriners Hospital for Children.
The show ended with comedian Jim Carrey floating over the crowd in a hot air balloon and, of course, getting the biggest honor of them all at the Kids Choice Awards — the slime.
Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Will Dunham