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Ben Stiller to host Kids’ Choice Awards

Nickelodeon awards show to air on April 2
/ Source: The Associated Press

Ben Stiller may end up looking a little slimy as host of Nickelodeon’s 18th annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

The freewheeling ceremony, in which children pick their favorites in entertainment and sports, includes trademark green slime dumped on an unlucky participant.

Stiller, whose latest film is “Meet the Fockers,” will host the awards for the first time. The ceremony is set for April 2, showing on Nickelodeon and internationally.

Nominees announced Tuesday include “Shrek 2,” which received a leading five bids including favorite movie and favorite video game.

Hilary Duff received three nominations, including favorite movie actress (“A Cinderella Story”), TV actress (“Lizzie McGuire”) and female singer.

Usher also got three nods, one for favorite male singer and two for favorite songs (“Burn” and, with Alicia Keys, “My Boo”).

Voting begins March 7 on, through wireless text messaging on cell phones and by mail with ballots included in the March issue of Nickelodeon magazine.