By Mario Anzuoni
This year, as in the past, I was assigned to shoot the show portion of the annual Kids Choice awards. The show caters to an audience of children and teenagers and most importantly all the awards are voted on by the kids. The main star of the show is always the green slime – which the kids and some of the celebrities get plenty of.
A few days ahead of the show there was an announcement that the First Lady of the U.S. was going to attend the show with daughters Sasha and Malia to present The Big Help Award to singer Taylor Swift.
Naturally this year security was stepped up due to the attendance of the First Lady, so I had to be at the venue a few hours in advance to clear Secret Service. We were informed that Michelle Obama would arrive about 15 minutes before the show and we would have a few minutes to photograph her in her seat. Despite being a hectic and quick photo opportunity surrounded by thousands of screaming kids, I managed to get a few spontaneous frames of the First Lady interacting with some kids in the audience.
Show host Will Smith opened with a performance where he was hanging from the ceiling. As the show went on, celebrities such as Heidi Klum, Chris Colfer and Halle Berry were slimed, along with the “lucky” kids in the mosh pit.
The highlight of the evening was of course when First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage to present a thrilled Taylor Swift with the Big Help Award for her charitable work.