How to watch the Kids' Choice Awards 2021

Get ready for slime time (plus BTS and Bieber)

K-pop group BTS sitting in blue dining room. BTS will be performing at the Kids Choice Awards
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Here's everything you need to know about the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021, including how you can watch it, what to expect and all the performers and nominees. 

Kids' Choice Awards 2021: what to expect

This year's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards will be taking place this weekend on Saturday 13 March (the night before the Grammys) and, just like last year, the show will be held virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.  

The KCAs will be hosted by Nickelodeon legend and All That star—turned Saturday Night Live cast member—Kenan Thompson. The event will include live and interactive fan walls to bring celebrities and families at home onto the stage. 

Fans can vote for their faves on Twitter and at KidsChoiceAwards.com. During the broadcast there'll be a second screen for live voting, so voting can continue until the very last minute. There'll also be a special KCA Award presented to a lucky fan at home.

According to Nickelodeon, the show will “take fans on a wild ride around the world and beyond", with virtual travels to outer space, Bikini Bottom and right into celebrities’ homes using XR technology. 

KCA 2021 performers and presenters

As for the virtual attendees, there certainly won't be a shortage of celebrities on the night—both as performers and presenting the awards. Of all the famous faces handing out awards, one of the most talked about is Kim Kardashian. 

The reality TV star's attendance at the Kids' Choice Awards will be Kim's first public appearance since filing for divorce from husband, Kanye West, which naturally, has had many people talking. She won't be the only A-lister there—we hear Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot, will be there, as well as fellow superhero Iron Man—Robert Downey Jr. 

That's nowhere near all. Also due to pop up at the event are Millie Bobby Brown, JoJo Siwa, K-pop legends BTS, Charli D’Amelio, Hailey Bieber, Addison Rae, Sofía Vergara, David Dobrik, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tiffany Haddish, Anna Kendrick, Liza Koshy, Jennifer Garner, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Tyler Perry (recently name-checked as the Meghan and Harry benefactor), Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Marsai Martin, Joshua Bassett, Anthony Anderson, Dani & Dannah Lane, and Iain Armitage... phew! 

The cast of hit Nickelodeon show iCarly—including Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, and Nathan Kress—will also be there on the night, to present the award for Favourite Movie. 

How to watch the Kids' Choice Awards 2021

The awards are broadcast in the US, Saturday 13 March at 7:30pm ET/PT.
US viewers with access to cable can watch on Nick, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr. Alternatively, you can use one of the following services to stream KCA 2021 online:

Philo – at $20 a month and no contract, Philo is the best-value way to watch Nick—along with 60 other TV networks. It offers a 1-week free trial free trial.
FuboTV – monthly subscriptions start at $59.99. It offers a 1-week free trial.
AT&T TV Now – monthly subscriptions start at $55.
YouTube TV – monthly subscriptions start at $64

UK / Ireland viewers won't get to see the show until Monday 15 March (6pm GMT), when it airs on Nick.

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Justin Bieber at the Kids' Choice Awards

One of the most exciting performances of the night will be courtesy of Justin Bieber, who is also the most nominated artist this year with four nods. The event marks 10 years since Biebs was first nominated for an award at the show. He'll be performing his most recent hit single, 'Anybody'. 

"The Kids' Choice Awards was my first awards show and returning to share my new music is a full-circle moment," he said in a statement, E! reports. "Although the show may look different this year, the KCAs are always a ton of fun and there will definitely be no shortage of slime!"

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KCA 2021 – TV nominations

FAVORITE KIDS TV SHOW

Alexa & Katie

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Danger Force

Henry Danger

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Raven's Home

FAVORITE FAMILY TV SHOW

black-ish

Cobra Kai

Fuller House

The Mandalorian

Stranger Things

Young Sheldon 

FAVORITE REALITY SHOW

America's Got Talent

American Idol

American Ninja Warrior Junior

LEGO Masters

The Masked Singer

The Voice

FAVORITE ANIMATED SERIES

Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks

The Boss Baby: Back in Business

LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar

The Loud House

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

FAVORITE FEMALE TV STAR

Ella Anderson (Piper Hart, Henry Danger)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)

Camila Mendes (Veronica Lodge, Riverdale)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven's Home)

Sofia Wylie (Gina, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)

FAVORITE MALE TV STAR

Iain Armitage (Sheldon Cooper, Young Sheldon)

Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical Series)

Dylan Gilmer (Young Dylan, Tyler Perry's Young Dylan)

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Jace Norman (Henry Hart/Kid Danger, Henry Danger and Danger Force)

Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler, Stranger Things)

KCA 2021 – movie nominations

FAVORITE MOVIE

Dolittle

Hamilton

Hubie Halloween

Mulan

Sonic the Hedgehog

Wonder Woman 1984 

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS

Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes, Enola Holmes)

Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 1984)

Anne Hathaway (Grand High Witch, The Witches)

Vanessa Hudgens (Princesses, The Princess Switch: Switched Again)

Yifei Liu (Mulan, Mulan)

Melissa McCarthy (Carol Peters, Superintelligence)

FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR

Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog)

Robert Downey Jr. (Dr. John Dolittle, Dolittle)

Will Ferrell (Lars Erickssong, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton)

Chris Pine (Steve Trevor, Wonder Woman 1984)

Adam Sandler (Hubie Dubois, Hubie Halloween)

FAVORITE ANIMATED MOVIE

Onward

The Croods: A New Age

Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe

Trolls World Tour

Scoob!

Soul 

FAVORITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE

Tina Fey (22, Soul)

Jamie Foxx (Joe Gardner, Soul)

Anna Kendrick (Poppy, Trolls World Tour)

Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot, Onward)

Ryan Reynolds (Guy, The Croods: A New Age)

Emma Stone (Eep, The Croods: A New Age)

Justin Timberlake (Branch, Trolls World Tour)

KCA 2021 – music nominations

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST

Ariana Grande

Beyoncé

Billie Eilish

Katy Perry

Selena Gomez

Taylor Swift

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST

Drake

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Post Malone

Shawn Mendes

The Weeknd

FAVORITE MUSIC GROUP

Black Eyed Peas

BLACKPINK

BTS

Jonas Brothers

Maroon 5

OneRepublic 

FAVORITE MUSIC COLLABORATION

"Be Kind" – Marshmello & Halsey

"Holy" – Justin Bieber ft. Chance the Rapper

"Ice Cream" – BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez

"Lonely" – Justin Bieber & benny blanco

"Rain on Me" – Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande

"Stuck with U" – Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber

FAVORITE SONG

"Blinding Lights" by The Weeknd

"Cardigan" by Taylor Swift

"Dynamite" by BTS

"Toosie Slide" by Drake

"Wonder" by Shawn Mendes

"Yummy" by Justin Bieber

FAVORITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR

BTS (Asia)

Savannah Clarke (Australia)

David Guetta (Europe)

Master KG (Africa)

Taylor Swift (North America)

Sebastián Yatra (Latin America)

KCA 2021 – additional categories

FAVORITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR

Emma Chamberlain

Charli D'Amelio

GamerGirl

Addison Rae

JoJo Siwa

Maddie Ziegler 

FAVORITE MALE SOCIAL STAR

James Charles

Jason Derulo

David Dobrik

MrBeast

Ninja

Ryan's World

FAVORITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR

Simone Biles

Alex Morgan

Naomi Osaka

Candace Parker

Megan Rapinoe

Serena Williams 

FAVORITE MALE SPORTS STAR

Tom Brady

Stephen Curry

LeBron James

Patrick Mahomes

Lionel Messi

Russell Wilson

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME

Among Us

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Fortnite

Minecraft

Pokémon GO

Roblox