‘SNL’ star Kenan Thompson to host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021

Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson

“Saturday Night Live” star Kenan Thompson will host Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021, which will air live on March 13, 2021at 7:30 p.m. ET. For the first time ever, Nickelodeon’s Orange Blimp will leave the KCA venue and take fans on a wild ride around the world and beyond.

Filled with slime and messy stunts, viewers will travel to outer space, Bikini Bottom and right into celebrities’ homes using extended reality (XR) technology. This year’s show will also feature live and interactive fan walls that bring celebrities and families at home to the main stage, second screen live voting all night long where fans stay in control and a KCA award presented by one lucky family chosen during the show.

Leading the pack at this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards nominations are Justin Bieber with five, “Stranger Things” with four and Ariana Grande, “The Croods: A New Age,” “Henry Danger,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Soul,” “Trolls World Tour” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” all tied with three nominations each. Musical performances will be announced shortly.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 is produced by Nickelodeon Productions and overseen by Nickelodeon’s Unscripted Content executive vice president Rob Bagshaw. Michael Dempsey serves as executive producer with Amy Johnson and Magda Liolis serving as co-executive producers.

Bagshaw and his fellow Unscripted Content executive Paul J. Medford also serve as executive producers. The ceremony is directed by Glenn Weiss.

Now in its 41st year, Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids and has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films.


Thompson is no stranger to Nickelodeon, having won a coveted Kids’ Choice Awards orange blimp for Favorite Male TV Star for his work in Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy hit “All That” in 2000. He was also nominated in that same category in 1998 alongside his longtime collaborator Kel Mitchell, who both serve as executive producers for the current iteration of “All That” which premiered in 2019.

Currently, Thompson is in his 18th season on “SNL” as the show’s longest-running cast member. He also stars in the new NBC comedy “Kenan,” which he executive produces.

Thompson has made numerous contributions to “SNL” with his slew of hilarious impressions that include Rev. Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, Steve Harvey and David Ortiz and memorable characters such as “Weekend Update” correspondent Jean K. Jean, “Black Jeopardy” host Darnell Hayes and Diondre Cole on “What Up With That.” In 2018, Thompson received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the SNL song “Come Back, Barack” and was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2018 and 2020.


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