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Before the Kids’ Choice Awards filled with slime March 24, host John Cena opened the show by praising thousands of students who marched for gun reform earlier Saturday morning.
“All over the world, kids made their voices heard with the incredible March for Our Lives and it all happened because you want to make the world a better place,” said the returning host. “You see, change is only possible when you all work together and it’s inspiring to see kids take charge.”
As Stranger Things star Millie Bobbie Brown accepted her award for favorite TV actress, her outfit brimmed with activism. With the words “Never Again” on the front and the Parkland shooting victims’ names on the back, she saluted the generations standing up to gun violence and dedicated her award to “the angels among us.”
The movement continued to take center stage throughout the night, as winners Zendaya and Camila Cabello also used their voices to focus on empowering children and teens to not let their age dissuade them from entering the conversation.
The evening’s favorite movie actress, Zendaya, who marched earlier in the day at a demonstration in Los Angeles, said: “Everyone that I marched beside this morning and everybody out there, thank you for what you’re doing. Continue to know that your voice is a real thing, and it’s a powerful thing, and it’s a beautiful thing, and you should never let anybody tell you that your age should limit you from actually feeling and doing whatever you think you need to do in the world.”
Cabello, who also attended the March for Our Lives rally in Los Angeles, told the audience, “I felt so inspired by you guys, seeing all these kids there, these young people being brave and being kind and compassionate for each other and speaking up. And I just want to tell you guys, every kid in this room and every kid watching at home, the future is yours!”
Beyond the show’s gun-reform activism, Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez teamed up with Barbie to inspire children that they can be anything to the tune of Demi Lovato’s song “Confident.”
Performances from Dance Moms turned Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa, and N.E.R.D had the crowd roaring at the Forum in Inglewood.
N.E.R.D performed its popular hit “Lemon,” which was nominated for favorite dance trend, to close the night.
Among the stars slimed were America’s Got Talent judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, singer Shawn Mendes and Hernandez.
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