Kids' Choice Sports Awards: Tom Brady, Serena Williams, Katie Ledecky Among Nominees

9:00 AM 6/12/2018

by Katherine Schaffstall

NBA star Chris Paul is set to host the ceremony, airing Saturday, July 21, on Nickelodeon.

From left: Tom Brady, Serena Williams and Katie Ledecky
From left: Tom Brady, Serena Williams and Katie Ledecky
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Only one awards show combines sports stars and slime, and the fifth annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards has revealed which athletes could get covered in the green goo as nominees in several categories were unveiled Tuesday.

Athletes who scored nominations include Cristiano Ronaldo, Venus Williams, Adam Rippon, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Rob Gronkowski, Chloe Kim, Katie Ledecky and Kevin Durant.

Starting Tuesday, kids will be able to vote for their favorite athletes and sports moments of the year on KCS2018.com.

The Kids' Choice Sports Awards, set to be hosted by Houston Rockets' point guard Chris Paul and airing at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21, celebrates the best sports moments and athletes throughout the year. Athletes will be honored in a number of categories, including favorite male athlete, favorite female athlete, king of swag and queen of swag. Other categories include best cannon, which honors athletes with the best throwing arm; biggest powerhouse, which acknowledges the athlete with the most force on their respective field or court; and clutch player of the year, which honors an individual athlete’s importance to their team.

The 2018 Kids’ Choice Sports Awards is produced by Done and Dusted in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers. Constance Schwartz and Michael Strahan of SMAC Entertainment will serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted, with Hamilton also serving as director of the show.

A list of nominees announced so far, along with Nickelodeon's description of each award, follows.

  • Favorite Male Athlete

    They are, simply put, the best athletes of the year. Driving the offense or barreling through the toughest defense, they never cease to amaze fans with their athleticism, moves and mastery of the game. In short, the nominees for these two categories represent the best male and female athletes currently competing in traditional sports.

    LeBron James
    LeBron James
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    LeBron James (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers) (WINNER)

    Cristiano Ronaldo (La Liga, Real Madrid C.F., Portugal National Football team)

    James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)

    José Altuve (MLB, Houston Astros)

    Sidney Crosby (NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins)

    Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

  • Favorite Female Athlete

    They are, simply put, the best athletes of the year. Driving the offense or barreling through the toughest defense, they never cease to amaze fans with their athleticism, moves and mastery of the game. In short, the nominees for these two categories represent the best male and female athletes currently competing in traditional sports.

    Alex Morgan
    Alex Morgan
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    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team) (WINNER)

    Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

    Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

    Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer, US Team)

    Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Ski Team)

    Sloane Stephens (WTA)

    Venus Williams (WTA)

  • King of Swag

    All professional athletes do incredible things, but there are a select few who also look incredible while they’re doing it. The male and female nominees in this category are the best dressed and most stylin’ athletes off the court.

    Odell Beckham Jr.
    Odell Beckham Jr.
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    Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, New York Giants) (WINNER)

    Adam Rippon (Professional Figure Skater, US Team)

    Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

    Neymar Jr. (France Ligue 1, Brazil National Football Team, Paris Saint-Germain)

    P.K. Subban (NHL, Nashville Predators)

    Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Travis Kelce (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)

  • Queen of Swag

    All professional athletes do incredible things, but there are a select few who also look incredible while they’re doing it. The male and female nominees in this category are the best dressed and most stylin’ athletes off the court.

    Serena Williams
    Serena Williams
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    Serena Williams (WTA)

    Brighton Zeuner (Professional Skateboarder)

    Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing, US Team)

    Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder)

    Michelle Wie (LPGA)

    Skylar Diggins-Smith (WNBA, Dallas Wings)

    Sydney Leroux (NWSL, Orlando Pride)

  • Favorite Newcomer

    The excitement surrounding a new sports prospect can be incredible, especially when that prospect starts to deliver on the anticipation of greatness. The nominees in this category represent the first or second year pros who have lived up to the hype — in other words, the newbie that is most likely to succeed.

    Allisha Gray
    Allisha Gray
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    Allisha Gray (WNBA, Dallas Wings) (WINNER)

    Aaron Judge (MLB, New York Yankees)

    Ben Simmons (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)

    Deshaun Watson (NFL, Houston Texans)

    Donovan Mitchell (NBA, Utah Jazz)

    Lonzo Ball (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)

    Red Gerard (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

  • Best Cannon

    Some of the most incredible arms in sports belong to athletes from the worlds of baseball and football. This category honors pitchers and quarterbacks with the strongest arms in the game.

    Russell Wilson
    Russell Wilson
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    Russell Wilson (NFL, Seattle Seahawks) (WINNER)

    Aaron Rodgers (NFL, Green Bay Packers)

    Clayton Kershaw (MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers)

    Corey Kluber (MLB, Cleveland Indians)

    Dak Prescott (NFL, Dallas Cowboys)

    Justin Verlander (MLB, Houston Astros)

  • Biggest Powerhouse

    This award honors those players that are an undeniable force on the field, court and in the ring. Like a freight train or a Mack Truck, these athletes have so much power in their play that they cannot be stopped. They are the power forwards that slam dunk with such force they can shatter a backboard, the football players that move with such power that it takes an entire team to stop them and the MMA fighter that is unstoppable in the ring.

    Rob Gronkowski
    Rob Gronkowski
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    Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots) (WINNER)

    Anthony Davis (NBA, New Orleans Pelicans)

    Draymond Green (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)

    Joel Embiid (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)

    Rose Namajunas (MMA)

    Von Miller (NFL, Denver Broncos)

  • Clutch Player of the Year

    Teammates rely on these athletes to make the plays when it counts the most. Their participation is clutch to the success of their teams, and the fans know it. The nominees in this category come from a variety of sports and alter the game just by being on the field.

    Kevin Durant
    Kevin Durant
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    Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors) (WINNER)

    Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC, US Women’s National Team)

    Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

    Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer, US Team)

    Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona, Argentina National Football Team)

    Nick Foles (NFL, Philadelphia Eagles)

  • Don't Try This At Home

    Chloe Kim
    Chloe Kim
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    Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, U.S. Team) (WINNER)

    Colton Walker (BMX)

    Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing, U.S. Team)

    Lakey Peterson (World Surf League)

    Mirai Nagasu (Professional Figure Skaters, U.S. Team)

    Nyjah Huston (Professional Skateboarder)

    Shaun White (Professional Snowboarder, U.S. Team)

  • Need for Speed

    This award honors those players that live life in the fast lane. Whether it’s skiing, skating, driving or sledding, these athletes bring the fast and furious to the race. They are the lightning quick speed demons that won’t stop until they’re in first, and the rest of the competition eats their dust.

    Lindsey Vonn
    Lindsey Vonn
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    Lindsey Vonn (Skiing, US Team) (WINNER)

    Chris Mazdzer (Luge, US Team)

    Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)

    John-Henry Krueger (Speed Skating, US Team)

    Kyle Busch (NASCAR)

    Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Team)

  • Sickest Moves

    Professional athletes make it look so easy that sometimes fans forget the sheer agility required to play with the best of the best--until they see the nominees of this category do their thing. They’re the soccer players with the mind-blowing dribble, the hockey players who can do amazing things on skates, the football players who dazzle us with their fancy footwork, or the basketball players with the best ball handling skills.

    Stephen Curry
    Stephen Curry
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    Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors) (WINNER)

    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team)

    Alex Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)

    Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)

    Le’Veon Bell (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)

    Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)

    Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)

  • Heavy Hitter

    This award celebrates the power hitter athletes with the biggest swings and strongest shots on the baseball field, tennis court, ice rink and golf course. These athletes have unbeatable strength and it shows with their impressive, game-winning hits.

    Venus Williams
    Venus Williams
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    Venus Williams (WTA) (WINNER)

    Aaron Judge (MLB, New York Yankees)

    Alex Ovechkin (NHL, Washington Capitals)

    Bryce Harper (MLB, Washington Nationals)

    Dustin Johnson (Golf)

    Giancarlo Stanton (MLB, New York Yankees)

    Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team)

  • Clutch Player of the Year

    Teammates rely on these athletes to make the plays when it counts the most. Their participation is clutch to the success of their teams, and the fans know it. The nominees in this category come from a variety of sports and alter the game just by being on the field.

    Kevin Durant
    Kevin Durant
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    Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors) (WINNER)

    Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC, US Women’s National Team)

    Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets)

    Katie Ledecky (Competitive Swimmer, US Team)

    Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona, Argentina National Football Team)

    Nick Foles (NFL, Philadelphia Eagles)

  • Nothing But Net

    You need to score to win, and these nominees are the ones scoring the shots! This category honors the most accurate scorers in the game. These are the players who maneuver through the most striking defensive plays and still make the shot, who can come out of a foul and still make the goal, and who work hard at every practice to play an amazingly accurate game.

    Chris Paul
    Chris Paul
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    Chris Paul (NBA, Houston Rockets) (WINNER)

    Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team)

    James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)

    J.J. Redick (NBA Philadelphia 76ers)

    Klay Thompson (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

    Kyle Korver (NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers)

    Patrick Kane (NHL, Chicago Blackhawks)

    Patrik Laine (NHL, Winnipeg Jets)

  • Winter Wonders

    These athletes dominate the cold. Their unparalleled strength, grace and agility turn into wins on the slopes and on the ice, proving that these elite winter athletes are the best in the world.

    Shaun White
    Shaun White
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    Shaun White (Professional Snowboarder, US Team) (WINNER)

    Adam Rippon (Professional Figure Skater, US Team)

    Alex and Maia Shibutani (Professional Figure Skaters, US Team)

    Chloe Kim (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

    Jamie Anderson (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

    Mikaela Shiffrin (Skiing, US Team)

    Red Gerard (Professional Snowboarder, US Team)

  • Hands of Gold

    Every season has its most-talked-about, spectacular or awe-inspiring catches and saves. The nominees in this category represent athletes from the MLB, NFL, NHL and U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team. These athletes have made the most unbelievable, highlight reel-worthy catches and incredible saves of the year.

    Antonio Brown
    Antonio Brown
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    Antonio Brown (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers) (WINNER)

    Danny Amendola (NFL, Miami Dolphins)

    Julio Jones (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)

    Maddie Rooney (U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team)

    Nolan Arenado (MLB, Colorado Rockies)

    Pekka Rinne (NHL, Nashville Predators)

  • Biggest Kid

    The funniest, most playful athletes off the field and court.

    Kyrie Irving
    Kyrie Irving
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    Andre Drummond, NBA Detroit Pistons 

    DeAndre Jordan, NBA LA Clippers 

    Julian Edelman, NFL New England Patriots 

    Kyrie Irving, NBA Boston Celtics 

    Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics 

    Maia Shibutani, Figure Skating  

    Rob Gronkowski, NFL New England Patriots 

    Yasiel Puig, MLB Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Most Valuable Most Valuable Player

    The MVPs from each sport are going head-to-head.

    Tom Brady
    Tom Brady
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    Giancarlo Stanton, 2017 NL MVP 

    James Harden, 2018 NBA MVP 

    Jose Altuve, 2017 AL MVP 

    Sylvia Fowles, 2017 WNBA MVP  

    Taylor Hall, 2018 NHL MVP 

    Tom Brady, 2018 NFL MVP

  • Play of the Year

    Celebrating the most talked about, highlight reel-worthy sports plays of the year.

    LeBron James
    LeBron James
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    Aaron Judge Hits 50th Homerun – MLB New York Yankees

    Devante Smith-Pelly's Stanley Cup Final Goal –NHL Washington Capitals

    George Springer World Series Homerun – MLB Houston Astros

    Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson’s Shootout Goal – U.S. Women’s National Ice Hockey Team

    Kevin Durant’s ‘Déjà Vu’ Dagger Shot – NBA Golden State Warriors  

    LeBron James Alley Oop To Himself – NBA Cleveland Cavaliers

    Nick Foles Super Bowl “Philly Special” – NFL Philadelphia Eagles

    Stefon Diggs Game-Winning “Miracle Catch” – NFL Minnesota Vikings