Michael Strahan Returns to Nickelodeon as ‘Kids’ Choice Sports 2019’ Host

Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, Serena Williams and Alex Morgan are among this year’s nominees

Last Updated: June 6, 2019 @ 11:31 AM

Michael Strahan is a man who doesn’t mind getting down, dirty and even slimy for a job.

The former Super Bowl champion and current “Strahan and Sara” co-host is returning to Nickelodeon to host the “Kids’ Choice Sports 2019,” the network announced on Thursday.

“Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids’ Choice Sports’ is a one-of-a-kind awards show that brings all-star athletes, kids and of course, slime together,” Strahan in a statement. “When I hosted the first year of the show, I loved it — the energy, stunts, kids, crowd and slime … a lot of slime!

“Hosting this show has been one of my favorite things I’ve done, and this year is going to be the biggest, the baddest and the slimiest,” he added.

Serena Williams, Stephen Curry and James Harden lead this year’s nominees with four each, while Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Baker Mayfield, LeBron James, Alex Morgan, Nikki Bella, Aaron Donald are all in the running, as is “Free Solo” subject Alex Honnold.

This is the second time that Strahan has hosted “Kids’ Choice Sports,” he also acted as an executive producer when Russell Wilson and Chris Paul hosted. Since retiring from the NFL in 2008, Strahan has found success in the media world co-hosting shows including “Live With Kelly and Michael,” “Good Morning America,” and “The $100,000 Pyramid.” He also an executive producer with Tom Brady and Gotham Chopra on “Religion of Sports.”

Fans will get to vote in nine new categories this year: Favorite Esports Star, featuring the top pros in competitive gaming; and Favorite Athlete, across the world of sports–soccer, golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, football, hockey and gymnastics. Voting begins Thursday through at www.NickPlay.com and the Screens Up App.

“Kids’ Choice Sports 2019” will be taped on Thursday, July 11, from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and airs on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The show is produced by Done and Dusted, and SMAC in association with Nickelodeon Productions.

See all the categories and nominees below (*indicates new categories).

Favorite Male Athlete

Bryce Harper (MLB, Philadelphia Phillies)
LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)

Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Tiger Woods (Golf)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

Favorite Female Athlete
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
Naomi Osaka (WTA)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Simone Biles (Gymnast)

King of Swag
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
Jimmy Butler (NBA, Philadelphia 76ers)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
Odell Beckham Jr. (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Travis Kelce (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)

Queen of Swag
Ibtihaj Muhammad (Fencing)
Nikki Bella (WWE)
Serena Williams (WTA)
Sloane Stephens (WTA)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Tori Bowie (Track & Field)

Best Cannon
Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Blake Snell (MLB, Tampa Bay Rays)
Chris Sale (MLB, Boston Red Sox)
Drew Brees (NFL, New Orleans Saints)
Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
Tom Brady (NFL, New England Patriots)

Biggest Powerhouse
Aaron Donald (NFL, Los Angeles Rams)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks)
Khalil Mack (NFL, Chicago Bears)
LeBron James (NBA, Los Angeles Lakers)
Rob Gronkowski (NFL, New England Patriots)
Serena Williams (WTA)

Clutch Player of the Year
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Elena Delle Donne (WNBA, Washington Mystics)
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
Kevin Durant (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Don’t Try this at Home/Favorite Action Sports Star
Alex Honnold (Rock Climber)
Brighton Zeuner (Skateboarder)
Chloe Kim (Snowboarder)
Jamie Anderson (Snowboarder)
John John Florence (Surfer)
Nyjah Huston (Skateboarder)

Favorite Breakout Player

A’ja Wilson (WNBA, Las Vegas Aces)
Baker Mayfield (NFL, Cleveland Browns)
Luka Dončić (NBA, Dallas Mavericks)
Naomi Osaka (WTA)
Patrick Mahomes (NFL, Kansas City Chiefs)
Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)

Hands of Gold
Antonio Brown (NFL, Oakland Raiders)
Braden Holtby (NHL, Washington Capitals)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers)
Julian Edelman (NFL, New England Patriots)
Julio Jones (NFL, Atlanta Falcons)
Mookie Betts (MLB, Boston Red Sox)

Need for Speed
Joey Logano (NASCAR)
Katie Ledecky (Swimmer)
Kyle Busch (NASCAR)
Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1 Racing)
Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Ski Racer)
Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Ski Racer)

Sickest Moves
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Russell Westbrook (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder)
Saquon Barkley (NFL, New York Giants)
Trae Young (NBA, Atlanta Hawks)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)

Nothing But Net
James Harden (NBA, Houston Rockets)
John Tavares (NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs)
Kawhi Leonard (NBA, Toronto Raptors)
Klay Thompson (NBA, Golden State Warriors)
Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Stephen Curry (NBA, Golden State Warriors)

Favorite Soccer Star*
Alex Morgan (NWSL, Orlando Pride)
Carli Lloyd (NWSL, Sky Blue FC)
Carlos Vela (MLS, Los Angeles FC)
Lionel Messi (La Liga, FC Barcelona)
Zlatan Ibrahimović (MLS, LA Galaxy)

Favorite Golfer*
Brooks Koepka
Dustin Johnson
Lexi Thompson
Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy
Tiger Woods

Favorite Tennis Player*
Naomi Osaka
Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal
Roger Federer
Serena Williams
Sloane Stephens

Favorite Baseball Player*
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Bryce Harper (Philadelphia Phillies)
Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers)
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)

Favorite Basketball Player*
Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)

Favorite Football Player*
Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns)
Khalil Mack (Chicago Bears)
Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Saquon Barkley (New York Giants)
Tom Brady (New England Patriots)

Favorite Hockey Player*
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Marc-André Fleury (Vegas Golden Knights)
P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators)
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Favorite Esports Star*
DanTDM
Jacksepticeye
SonicFox
SSSniperWolf
TimtheTatMan
TSM_Myth

Favorite Gymnast*
Aly Raisman
Laurie Hernandez
Ragan Smith
Sam Mikulak
Simone Biles
Yul Moldauer