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Nickelodeon sets Kids’ Choice noms

Contests include 'cutest couple'

Only Nickelodeon would ask its viewers who’s cuter: the sweethearts from “New Moon” or from the White House.

The “Twilight” sequel scored five nominations for Nickelodeon’s 23rd annual “Kids’ Choice Awards” with, including two for “cutest couple” (Rob Pattinson/Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner/Stewart). Along with Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington of “Avatar,” the latter category also features President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

Kudos will air March 27.

“New Moon” was also tapped for favorite movie, book (as part of the “Twilight” series) and actor (Lautner). Other pics drawing multiple noms for the family-friendly fest include “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” with three apiece.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” joined “New Moon” and “Transformers” in the favorite movie category. On the TV side, though Nick’s own “iCarly” drew a favorite show nom, the remaining three nominees were Disney Channel series “Sonny with a Chance,” “The Suite Life on Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

Miley Cyrus scored four noms, including both the TV and film actress categories. Two sets of brothers — Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and Joe and Nick Jonas — form the TV actor category.

The awards won’t be hurting for the kind of star power that boosted the Grammys to huge numbers recently on CBS, with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas among the nominees in the song and singer slots. Athletes nommed in the sports categories include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaun White, Danica Patrick and Serena and Venus Williams.

Kevin James will host the KCAs, which will air March 27 from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Last year’s broadcast was the cabler’s highest rated in the event’s history, with nearly 8 million viewers tuning in.

The “cutest couple” category is new for the KCAs, having been chosen in a poll of kids last year. Nickelodeon chose the nominees for that category; all others were the product of an outside research firm. Voting for the KCAs takes place online beginning Feb. 25.

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