Michael Strahan to Host Kids' Choice Sports Awards; Nominations Revealed

10:31 AM 6/6/2019

by Kimberly Nordyke

Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and James Harden lead the nominees for the Nickelodeon show, taping July 11 and airing Aug. 10, with four apiece.

Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan
Courtesy of Nickelodeon

Michael Strahan is returning as host of Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

The Super Bowl champion and Emmy winner (Good Morning America, Strahan and Sara, The $100,000 Pyramid, Fox NFL Sunday) previously hosted the inaugural edition of the awards show in 2014. This year's ceremony is set to tape July 11 from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica and premiere Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. 

“Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports is a one-of-a-kind awards show that brings all-star athletes, kids and of course, slime together,” Strahan said Thursday in a statement. “When I hosted the first year of the show, I loved it — the energy, stunts, kids, crowd and slime ... a lot of slime! Hosting this show has been one of my favorite things I’ve done, and this year is going to be the biggest, the baddest and the slimiest."

Nickelodeon on Thursday also unveiled the nominees for the 2019 ceremony, with Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and James Harden leading with four mentions apiece.

First-time nominees Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield and Naomi Osaka join LeBron James, Tom Brady, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd with three nominations each. 

Other first-time nominees include Mookie Betts, Nikki Bella, Stephanie Gilmore, Tori Bowie, Blake Snell, Chris Sale, Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Alex Honnold, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Trae Young.

Nine new categories have been added this year, including favorite e-sports star, featuring the top pros in competitive gaming, and favorite athlete across all sports.

The awards are voted on by fans, with voting kicking off Thursday at NickPlay.com and via the Screens Up app.

A full list of nominees follows.

  • Favorite Male Athlete

    Tiger Woods
    Tiger Woods
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
    Bryce Harper (MLB, Philadelphia Phillies)
    LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)
    Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
    Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
    Tiger Woods (Golf)
    Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)
  • Favorite Female Athlete

    Lindsey Vonn
    Lindsey Vonn
    Hans Bezard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images
    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
    Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
    Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
    Naomi Osaka (WTA)
    Serena Williams (WTA)
    Simone Biles (Gymnast)
  • King of Swag

    Lewis Hamilton
    Lewis Hamilton
    Dan Istitene/Getty Images
    James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
    Jimmy Butler (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)
    Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
    Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
    Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
    Travis Kelce (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Queen of Swag

    Serena Williams
    Serena Williams
    Julio Cortez/AP Photo

    Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing)
    Nikki Bella (WWE)
    Serena Williams (WTA)
    Sloane Stephens (WTA)
    Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
    Tori Bowie (Track & Field)

  • Best Cannon

    Tom Brady
    Tom Brady
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    Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
    Blake Snell (MLB, Tampa Bay Rays)
    Chris Sale (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
    Drew Brees (NFL, New Orleans Saints)
    Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
    Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)
  • Biggest Powerhouse

    LeBron James
    LeBron James
    Jason Miller/Getty Images

    Aaron Donald (NFL, Los Angeles Rams)
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)
    Khalil Mack (NFL, Chicago Bears)
    LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)
    Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots)
    Serena Williams (WTA)

  • Clutch Player of the Year

    Kevin Durant
    Kevin Durant
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
    Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
    Elena Delle Donne (WNBA, Washington Mystics)
    James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
    Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
    Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
    Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
  • Favorite Action Sports Star

    Alex Honnold
    Alex Honnold
    Jimmy Chin/National Geographic
    Alex Honnold (Rock Climber)
    Brighton Zeuner (Skateboarder)
    Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
    Jamie Anderson (Snowboarder)
    John John Florence (Surfer)
    Nyjah Huston (Skateboarder)
  • Favorite Breakout Player

    Naomi Osaka
    Naomi Osaka
    Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

    A’ja Wilson (WNBA, Las Vegas Aces)
    Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
    Luka Dončić (NBA, Dallas Mavericks)
    Naomi Osaka (WTA)
    Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
    Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)

  • Hands of Gold

    Julian Edelman
    Julian Edelman
    Elsa/Getty Images
    Antonio Brown (NFL, Oakland Raiders)
    Braden Holtby (NHL, Washington Capitals)
    JuJu Smith-Schuster (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
    Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
    Julio Jones (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)
    Mookie Betts (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
  • Need for Speed

    Katie Ledecky
    Katie Ledecky
    Clive Rose/Getty Images
    Joey Logano (NASCAR)
    Katie Ledecky (Swimmer)
    Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
    Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
    Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
    Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Ski Racer)
  • Sickest Moves

    Carli Lloyd
    Carli Lloyd
    Associated Press
    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
    Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
    Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
    Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)
    Trae Young (NBA, Atlanta Hawks)
    Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)
  • Nothing But Net

    Stephen Curry
    Stephen Curry
    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
    James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
    John Tavares (NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs)
    Kawhi Leonard (NBA, Toronto Raptors)
    Klay Thompson (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
    Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
    Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
  • Favorite Soccer Star

    Carlos Vela
    Carlos Vela
    Hector Vivas/Getty Images
    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
    Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
    Carlos Vela (MLS, Los Angeles FC)
    Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
    Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)
  • Favorite Golfer

    Brooks Koepka
    Brooks Koepka
    Getty Images
    Brooks Koepka
    Dustin Johnson
    Lexi Thompson
    Rickie Fowler
    Rory McIlroy
    Tiger Woods
  • Favorite Tennis Player

    Novak Djokovic
    Novak Djokovic
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    Naomi Osaka
    Novak Djokovic
    Rafael Nadal
    Roger Federer
    Serena Williams
    Sloane Stephens
  • Favorite Baseball Player

    Clayton Kershaw
    Clayton Kershaw
    Rob Tringali/Getty Images

    Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
    Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)
    Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers)
    Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
    Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
    Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)

  • Favorite Basketball Player

    LeBron James
    LeBron James
    Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
    Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
    James Harden (Houston Rockets)
    Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
    Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
    LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
    Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
  • Favorite Football Player

    Russell Wilson
    Russell Wilson
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    Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)
    Khalil Mack (Chicago Bears)
    Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
    Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
    Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
    Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
    Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

  • Favorite Hockey Player

    Braden Holtby
    Braden Holtby
    Patrick Smith/Getty Images

    Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
    Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
    Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
    Marc-André Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)
    P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators)
    Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
    Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

  • Favorite Gymnast

    Aly Raisman and Simone Biles
    Aly Raisman and Simone Biles
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    Aly Raisman
    Laurie Hernandez
    Ragan Smith
    Sam Mikulak
    Simone Biles
    Yul Moldauer
  • Favorite Esports Star

    DanTDM
    Jacksepticeye
    SonicFox
    SSSniperWolf
    TimtheTatMan
    TSM_Myth