Monday, February 20 2012 13:08

Kids' Choice Awards 2012 - Looking at the music nominees...

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Since I've never covered Nickelodeon's KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS before (in any of my past writing gigs), I have to make the somewhat obvious statement that it looks more like the ''Tween Choice Awards.'' We tend to be a Sprout house (though Nickjr. does have a few good shows), and I like to remember Nickelodeon as being the place for shows like PINWHEEL, MR. WIZARD'S WORLD, TODAY'S SPECIAL, and FINDERS KEEPERS. But, that was 30 years ago and Nick is a different game these days. With the announcement of the nominees for their 2012 Kids' Choice Awards last week, let's take a look at a few of the music-centric categories.


The Rock Father™ predicts: BIG TIME RUSH. Aside from having their own show on Nick, the boy band is also the most kid-friendly in the bunch. 


The Rock Father™ predicts: Is there any doubt that JUSTIN BIEBER will be the winner here? 


The Rock Father™ predicts: TAYLOR SWIFT... though SELENA GOMEZ could pull it off.

Born this Way - LADY GAGA
Firework - KATY PERRY
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
Sparks Fly - TAYLOR SWIFT 

The Rock Father™ predicts: This one is a tough call, but I'll go with GAGA for the simple fact that she encourages all of her little monsters to embrace their inner beauty.

There's two glaring omissions here - that being rock and hip-hop. Sure, you could say that BLACK EYED PEAS fit the latter bill, but let's be honest - they moved well into the pop realm years ago.  Surely the kids like some true rock bands and rap artists, right? I certainly hope so. It seems that these nominees were selected by dart board.

For the full list of Nominees in all categories, visit http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/2012/nominees 

The Kids' Choice Awards 2012 airs LIVE on Saturday March 31, at 8/c on Nickelodeon.
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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