First Lady to Receive Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award but Avoid Traditional Green Slime

Mar 25, 2010 3:24pm

ABC News' Karen Travers reports:

President Obama said that when he learned the news that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the reaction of his daughters kept him grounded.

“After I received the news, Malia walked in and said, ‘Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize, and it is Bo's birthday.’ And then Sasha added, ‘Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up,’” he said at the White House last fall. “So it's — it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective.”

Maybe the First Tweens will be a little more impressed by the award that their mom, First Lady Michelle Obama, will receive on Saturday night.

Mrs. Obama will be honored at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award with the “Big Help Award” for her “Let’s Move” campaign aimed at ending childhood obesity and promoting wellness and healthy living among the nation’s youth.

Nickelodeon said the award “recognizes those who seek to better the world, and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

“Her willingness to work hard, influence others and her dedication to improving the nation is inspiring, and we are proud to honor her for her commitment to empowering kids and families to address one of the most important issues of today,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group in a statement.

Nickelodeon said it was dedicating resources and research to the First Lady’s initiative, including kid- and family-targeted public service announcements and special programming events on its channels and websites.

The First Lady will not attend this weekend’s event in Los Angeles, which Nickelodeon calls its “annual kudos/mess-fest.”

Instead she will accept her award with a taped message to be played during the event.

Mrs. Obama, known for her savvy fashion sense, may be making the right choice by opting to receive the award at a safe distance of 3000 miles away.

After receiving the customary orange blimp, Kids’ Choice winners are often drenched on stage with Nickelodeon’s trademark green slime.

Lucky for the First Lady, a spokeswoman said there will be “no slime” at the White House.

The celebrity line-up for this Saturday’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards is a who’s-who of Hollywood and sports – Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Shaun White, Apolo Anton Ohno and Jackie Chan are just a few notables who will be presented awards. Rihanna and teen pop star Justin Bieber are scheduled to perform.

-Karen Travers

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