LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Award-winning country stars Florida Georgia Line will make their debut appearance on Nickelodeon at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion as they perform a medley of songs at Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kids’ Choice Sports Awards. The duo will perform their 7X Platinum, #1 smash single “Cruise,” and Platinum-certified hit “This is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan). Additionally, a powerhouse line-up of athletes and celebrities have been confirmed to join host Michael Strahan live on Thursday, July 17 (8 p.m. ET/PT) to announce the inaugural group of honorees: Super Bowl XLVIII champion Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), NBA MVP superstar Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Will Arnett and Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers), Victor Cruz (New York Giants), Metta World Peace (New York Knicks), George Lopez (Lopez Tonight), pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark, pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, Anna Faris (Mom), Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney, Debby Ryan (Jessie), Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally) and Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family). Kids can cast their votes in 14 categories on Nick.com/sports.
“We are so pumped to be a part of this fun night!” said Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. “Both of us grew up playing sports and to be a part of celebrating kids' favorite players is awesome!”
“I played baseball up through college and my coaches, teammates and pro- players were some of the most influential role models in my life,” adds Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley. “To be able to applaud these athletes and perform for all those sports fans out there is amazing!”
Florida Georgia Line has skyrocketed since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the U.S. and Canada with the Platinum-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here” and 7X Platinum “Cruise,” making Tyler Hubbard (Monroe, Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Ormond Beach, Florida) the only artists in history to join Brooks & Dunn in achieving this accolade. Breaking the record for longest #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart, “Cruise” has sold over 7 million downloads and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). Amassing international appeal, the duo has tallied over 14.5 million tracks sold worldwide from their chart-topping, Platinum-certified debut album Here’s to the Good Times (Republic Nashville), produced by Joey Moi. FGL penned over half of the tracks on the project, including the BMI Pop Award-winning "Cruise" remix and the Platinum-certified smash “This Is How We Roll” featuring Luke Bryan, whose recently released remix also features Jason Derulo. Previously taking home ACA, AMA, ACM, Billboard, CMA and CMT Music Awards, the superstar duo is currently in the studio working on their sophomore album, expected for release this fall. The ACM Vocal Duo of the Year is on the road for their headline run – THIS IS HOW WE ROLL SUMMER SERIES 2014 – featuring special guest Nelly and opener Chris Lane, in addition to direct support for Jason Aldean. For tour dates and more, check out FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.
Kids can now vote on Nick.com/sports and all of Nickelodeon’s digital platforms feature a brand-new voting experience http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-sports/vote. Kids can get in the game by watching video highlights of the nominees in each category, voting for their favorite all-star athletes, and even multiplying their votes with a special Kids’ Choice Sports Slime Multiplier game. In the game, fans can rack up points while playing four different slime-filled sports games, while simultaneously adding votes to their favorite nominees. Kids will also be able to gear up for game day by watching funny short videos, photo galleries and more on the site. Then on July 17th, Nick.com will be the official destination to score a court-side seat for all of the orange carpet action, complete with a live video and photo stream, straight from the main event, at 7:30p.m. ET/PT.
Presenting sponsor of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2014 is SUBWAY® restaurants. Associate sponsors are Air Hogs and Mattel’s BOOMco.
Legendary Super Bowl Champion and Fox NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan is the co-host of the top-rated morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and Michael. Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the country, Strahan helped lead the New York Giants to their third Super Bowl championship in 2007 with a dramatic win over the New England Patriots. A seven-time Pro-Bowler and one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two seasons during his 15-year NFL career, Strahan was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 when he broke the 18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks, a record that still stands today.
Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done + Dusted (London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, iHeartRadio Music Awards 2014) will serve as executive producers of Kids’ Choice Sports 2014, with Hamilton also serving as director of the show. Constance Schwartz of SMAC Entertainment is also an executive producer.
As president of Done + Dusted, Ian Stewart devises, stages and films some of the biggest events across the planet. The prolific production company has garnered awards from the Grammys to a Peabody, Emmys and BAFTAs, Rose d'Ors and countless others. Recent highlights include: NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly 2012-2013, NBC’s Hurricane Sandy Coming Together benefit, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013.
Hamish Hamilton’s credits as director include the 2014 Oscars, Super Bowl Halftime Show 2014, all four ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games, 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury. This year he received two BAFTAs and an Emmy nomination. Hamilton began his directing career in Scotland working for the BBC and has since travelled far and wide shooting documentaries, concert films and awards shows on every continent.
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