Pitbull, Aguilera kick off Kids Choice Awards

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By DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pitbull felt the slime at the Kids Choice Awards.

The rapper and Christina Aguilera launched the 26th annual awards extravaganza Saturday with their duet "Feel This Moment." The pair was joined by young backup dancers resembling the smooth-headed rapper and blonde diva. At the end of the performance, Aguilera smashed a button, covering Pitbull and the dancers in the show's signature green goo.

Early winners at the viewer-voted ceremony honoring kids' favorites in film, music, sports and TV included Adam Sandler as favorite voice from an animated movie for "Hotel Transylvania," race car driver Danica Patrick as favorite female athlete and "The Hunger Games" as favorite movie and book.

"Always be nice to your parents," Sandler told the crowd of screaming kids. "Always be nice to your teachers."

"Transformers" star Josh Duhamel is serving as host of the slime-filled ceremony at University of Southern California's Galen Center. One of his first acts as host was dumping goop on Los Angeles Lakers player Dwight Howard.

"I guess that's what we call a slime dunk!" Duhamel said.

Duhamel said a record-breaking 350 million votes had been cast for the show.

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