Nick is kids’ choice

Kudofest honors Barrymore, Sandler

What has enough energy to power the city of Los Angeles for 90 minutes? Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, of course.

Rebroadcast Wednesday after a live airing Saturday from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, the event, now in its 12th year, corralled more than 8,000 audience members and enough dynamic energy to draw out the likes of Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, ‘N Sync, wrestle-maniac “Macho Man” Randy Savage and others, all on hand to collect their orange ceramic Nick blimp signifying that kids nationwide liked them best.

Hosted by Rosie O’Donnell, the awards were followed by a Nick-style private party at the Drake Stadium complete with dancing, pizza, make-your-own sundaes and plenty of celebs to sign autographs.

More than 6.2 million votes were tallied nationwide covering categories such as kids’ favorite TV star, film star, newcomer, TV program, movie and others. Not surprisingly, Nick stars such as Kel Mitchell, the 20-year-old showcased in “Kenan & Kel,” and its shows, like “All That,” took home kudos.

Melanie C. (aka Sporty Spice), on hand as a presenter and in town working on her solo project, said of the awards, “It’s absolutely fantastic. I’m glad I came today, it’s such a wonderful and positive thing.”

Accepting awards were kids’ choice for female movie actress, Barrymore, and kid’s favorite movie actor, Sandler. Will Smith offered a taped acceptance of his award for best singer from the set of “Wild Wild West,” and Nick’s “The Rugrats Movie” took the nod as best pic, accepted by an animated Tommy Pickle.