I discovered Blake Shelton 15 years ago. I heard “Austin” once, and I was hooked.
And that was probably right around the same time that the majority of Saturday night’s (March 12) Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards crowd was born.
Shelton’s first single arrived in 2001, but now it’s like he’s debuted all over again. Not just as a country singer, but as a reality show sweetheart, a comedian, a chronic tweeter and an all-around nice guy.
And now, as host of the Kids’ Choice Awards. Actually, this was not Shelton’s first hosting rodeo. He co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards six years in a row,)
On Saturday night, he took over the hosting duties from Nick Jonas, who hosted in 2015. Before Jonas, a long line of stars took the reins over the years, like Rosie O’Donnell, Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Justin Timberlake, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin James, Will Smith, Josh Duhamel, and Mark Wahlberg.
Part of Shelton’s appeal was that throughout the 90-minute broadcast from The Forum in Los Angeles, he acted like a kid. Like a kid without a celebrity-sized ego. And one who was down for whatever.
First, though, he had to fight off the Stars Wars First Order to get to the stage.
Then once the show started, he spent more of his time in the audience than on the main stage. Along the way, he was hobnobbing with Adam Sandler and his family.
And with John Stamos.
Plus, Shelton shot toilet paper at stars backstage, he happily took the stage in a unicorn costume and used words like “bajillion.”
Shelton also joked that he’d recently become a victim of Throwback Thursday, when his school portrait made its way around the internet.
And when it was time for him to get slimed at the very end of the show, Shelton took that slime like an absolute champ.