“Glee” star Cory Monteith and Olympic star Gabby Douglas presented the award for favorite male athlete at the Kids’ Choice Awards. The winner? NBA star LeBron James.

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Adam Sandler accepts the award for favorite voice in an animated movie for ìHotel Transylvaniaî at the 26th annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)


Kids Choice Awards bring back the slime

  • March 24, 2013 - 7:29 PM

Johnny Depp and Kristen Stewart avoided slime — mostly — while picking up blimp-shaped trophies at the Kids Choice Awards. The “Dark Shadows” star won as favorite movie actor at the 26th annual awards extravaganza, while the “Twilight” leading lady was selected as favorite movie actress and female butt-kicker.

Pitbull and Christina Aguilera kicked off the silly show Saturday with their song “Feel This Moment” and were joined by young backup dancers resembling the smooth-headed rapper and blonde diva. At the end of their performance, Aguilera smashed a button, ­covering Pitbull and the dancers in the show’s ­signature green goo. That was just the beginning of the celebrity sliming.

In one of his first acts as show host, “Transformers” star Josh Duhamel dumped the goop on Los Angeles Lakers player Dwight Howard. “I guess that’s what we call a slime dunk!” Duhamel said.

Other winners included “Victorious” as favorite TV show, Katy Perry as favorite female singer, Adam Sandler as favorite voice from an animated movie for “Hotel Transylvania,” race car driver Danica Patrick as favorite female athlete, and “The Hunger Games” as favorite movie and book. “Always be nice to your parents,” Sandler told the crowd of screaming kids. “Always be nice to your teachers.”

Checking those Powerball tickets in N.J.

A lone winning ticket for the $338.3 million Powerball drawing was sold in New Jersey. Details on where and when the winning ticket was purchased were not disclosed Sunday by New Jersey Lottery officials, who also would not say if anyone claiming to hold the ticket had contacted them. They said information on the ticket would be released at a news conference on Monday at the lottery’s headquarters in Lawrenceville. It’s the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. A lump sum payout would be $221 million. Lottery officials said 13 tickets worth $1 million apiece matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball, including one in Minnesota.


passed on: Renowned Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes, a composer and bandleader who recorded with Nat “King” Cole, was musical director at Havana’s legendary Tropicana Club and a key participant in the golden age of Cuban music, has died in Sweden at age 94. Valdes studied piano and later taught it to Chucho (Jesus Dionisio Valdes), who went on to become a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Cuban-based jazz band Irakere.

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