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February 06, 2009

Duality of 'Kids' Choice Awards'


It's a world where "The Dark Knight" and Will Smith's alcoholic superhero co-exist with "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "iCarly."

It's the yin and yang of being a tween today, where these mini-adults are trying to shed the trappings of childhood and step gingerly into the teen years but, in the meantime, have a foot in both places. It's kind of schizophrenic, as any parent of kids in that age range can no doubt tell you.

For awards season proof of that, look no further than the nominations for the "Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards." Here we have some of the biggest stars in the business, no surprise there, like Smith, Jim Carrey, Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon and Adam Sandler, who certainly aren't out of their element at the Grammys or the Oscars (OK, Sandler's debatable).

821516the-fairly-odd-parents-group-posters The kids dig Anne Hathaway, just not for the same reason that she's been nominated for an Oscar this year for best actress (for the indie drama, "Rachel Getting Married"). Instead, they preferred her in "Get Smart."

And there are stars that show kids are still kids, despite the toy industry and marketing mantra that says, "Kids Are Getting Older Younger." They are, but apparently they still like the animated gem "The Fairly OddParents," the squeaky clean "Suite Life of Zack and Cody" and all-American fresh-faced singer Jesse McCartney.

They're into the purity ring-wearing Jonas Brothers (hey, judging by record sales, a lot of people are) and Miley Cyrus, despite her latest photo controversy. In fact, they show a lot of loyalty to their pop culture icons, still listing "Zoey 101" as a favorite TV show nominee even after its 16-year-old star Jamie Lynn Spears became an unwed mother.

Then we get back into split personality territory -- T-Pain, Pussycat Dolls, Linkin Park, Katy Perry's bi-curious ode "I Kissed a Girl," bong fan Michael Phelps. And there's George Lopez as a first-time contender for his voice work in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." Well, no one said they had good taste.

Sociologists, get to work on this, would you?

Go here for a full list of nominees and go ahead and fret (or not) about the psyche of the MySpace generation.


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As time passes, things and paradigms have changed! That is why I don't get surprised by these news, however, I think it is a shame to realize about those nominations.

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