Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards

Press Release

'Titanic,' Will Smith, Hanson and Michael Jordan Among Winners At Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards

(PR Newswire; 04/04/98)

King of Hip Hop Sean 'Puffy' Combs gets a Kids' Choice Sliming

More than five million kids voted for their favorites

LOS ANGELES, April 4 PRNewswire "Titanic," Will Smith, Hanson and Michael Jordan were among the celebrities who received coveted Kids' Choice Blimp Awards at Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids Choice Awards, hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. UCLA's Pauley Pavilion was filled with more than 8,500 cheering kids and families gathered to honor this year's winners. The evening was capped off with Nickelodeon's traditional Kids' Choice Sliming. Sean "Puffy" Combs received the honor.

More than five million kids participated in the voting this year. Nickelodeon Online received a record breaking 4.2 million votes from March 16- 23 on and Nickelodeon Online on AOL (keyword: nick).

This year's Kids' Choice Hall of Fame winners were Tia and Tamera Mowry. The Sister, Sister stars have won numerous Kids' Choice Awards in past years for Favorite Television Actress and have participated in the awards shows as presenters.

Following are Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards winners:

Favorite Movie
Favorite Movie Actress
Alicia Silverstone - "Batman & Robin"
Favorite Television Actress
Melissa Joan Hart - Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Favorite Musical Group
Favorite Singer
Sean "Puffy" Combs
Favorite Female Athlete
Kristi Yamaguchi
Favorite Cartoon
Favorite Book
Goosebumps: Deep Trouble II R.L. Stine
Wacky Category
Favorite Dresser -- Sean "Puffy" Combs
Favorite Movie Actor
Will Smith - "Men in Black"
Favorite Television Show
Kenan & Ke1
Favorite Television Actor
Jonathan Taylor Thomas - Home Improvement
Favorite Song
MMMBop (Hanson)
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Bulls
Favorite Male Athlete
Michael Jordan
Favorite Animal Star
Salem - Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Favorite Video Game
"Super Mario"
Hall of Fame
Tia & Tamera Mowry

A highlight of the evening occurred when Madonna presented the Favorite Movie Award for "Titanic," Actor Billy Zane accepted on behalf of the Oscar-winning film. She also introduced the performance of Cleopatra, a new group signed to her Maverick label. The three young British singers made their US debut, performing their hit single "Cleopatra's Theme."

The show's grand finale was Puffy's acceptance of the Favorite Dresser Award, a new category voted in by kids. As he enthusiastically thanked the kid audience, Nickelodeon's traditional green Slime rained down on the hip hop star.

Additional musical performances were given by rock superstars Aerosmith, pop sensations Hanson and Favorite Singer winner Sean "Puffy" Combs. Other celebrity presenters were Shawn Wayans, Marion Wayans, Tom Arnold, Penny Marshall, Steve Tyler, Joe Perry, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Rider Strong, Larisa Oleynik, Katie Holmes, Brandon Hammond, Alex D. Linz, Kristen Johnston, and Cammi Granato.

Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards has emerged as one of the biggest events in Hollywood, boasting a massive popular vote and sweeping audience participation. It is the only awards show that gives kids the power to vote for their favorites in movies, television, music, sports and much more and honors their opinions with a live show filled with the stars they love.

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions, a unit of Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks. Albie Hecht and Mark Offitzer are executive producers. Rosie O'Donnell is co-producer.

Nickelodeon, Kids' Choice Awards, and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

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