David Beckham Honored With Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Sports Legends Award, Still Gets Slimed!
World famous soccer star David Beckham was presented with Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports’ first Legend Award on Thursday.
The former L.A. Galaxy and Manchester United player also had the honor of being the first star to be covered head-to-toe in gold slime while still holding up his gold mohawked blimp award.
The cable network's inaugural Kids' Choice Sports Awards aired live at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, and the fun-filled show was hosted by former Super Bowl champ Michael Strahan.
"When I was young my dream was to be a professional soccer player," Beckham told the audience when he accepted the award, advising the young crowd to always follow their dreams.
The father-of-four was then joined by sons Romeo and Cruz, before a torrent of gold slime doused the whole family and put a messy end to his serious speech.
The Beckhams were far from the only ones who fell victim to Nickelodeon's signature sticky stuff. Strahan was the first target before any awards had even been given out. After winning the Verizon Power Dunk Challenge, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald dunked Seattle Seahawks defensive back Earl Thomas III in a giant tank of green goo — but then got dropped himself into a vat.
Live! With Kelly and Michael host and former NFL player Strahan was also joined by Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Gabby Douglas, Dwayne Johnson and Bethany Hamilton with musical performances by Pharrell Williams and Florida Georgia Line.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Strahan on Wednesday while rehearsing for the show, where he revealed why he was excited to be on the Nick team.
"I have kids and I have always watched the show and it is fun — it’s always a good time. My kids have always watched Nickelodeon and actually my twins are going participate — they are going to be my assistants. I always think about what will make them happy and I think the biggest thing is if they get Daddy slimed," he told THR.
The 6'5" defensive end said he never dreamed his career would take such a Hail Mary when he retired from the New York Giants in 2008. "When you are playing football, there is no template or guidelines about where you can go because the only the idea you ever had was to be a player and then maybe a commentator. For me, it has been a lot different and it has surprised me every step of the way."
Just like sports, "it is all about teamwork and enjoying what you are doing, and trusting other people. Understanding the concept of a team and knowing that you have to work with good people and enjoy what you do. [Success] is about showing personality, on the football field and off the football field," he explained.
When asked how he wrote the perfect playbook for his career, he laughed: "I think maybe because I don’t care! I do it because I want to do it, I don’t have to. For me, it’s fun. I go to work and I’m excited every day, I joke and I laugh and I don’t care how serious the boss is. What are you going to do, fire me? I can finally go home and get some rest!" he quipped.
Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done + Dusted, who teamed up for the 2014 iHeartMusic Radio Awards, served as executive producers of Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, with Hamilton also serving as director of the show.
"What makes it special is that it's the kids voting rather than a group of suits giving out the awards. The balance between fun and authenticity is really important as well," Stewart told THR, adding that although the slime is iconic, "It is not as slimy as some slimy shows."
For a full list of the night's winners, click here.
Watch the time-lapse video below of the Kids' Choice Sports stadium getting ready for the big show.