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Since I’ve never covered Nickelodeon’s KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS before (in any of my past writing gigs), I have to make the somewhat obvious statement that it looks more like the ”Tween Choice Awards.” We tend to be a Sprout house (though Nickjr. does have a few good shows), and I like to remember Nickelodeon as being the place for shows like PINWHEEL, MR. WIZARD’S WORLD, TODAY’S SPECIAL, and FINDERS KEEPERS. But, that was 30 years ago and Nick is a different game these days. With the announcement of the nominees for their 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards last week, let’s take a look at a few of the music-centric categories.

MUSIC GROUP
BIG TIME RUSH
BLACK EYED PEAS
LADY ANTEBELLUM
LMFAO

The Rock Father™ predicts: BIG TIME RUSH. Aside from having their own show on Nick, the boy band is also the most kid-friendly in the bunch. 

MALE SINGER
JUSTIN BIEBER
TOBY KEITH
BRUNO MARS
USHER

The Rock Father™ predicts: Is there any doubt that JUSTIN BIEBER will be the winner here? 

FEMALE SINGER
LADY GAGA
SELENA GOMEZ
KATY PERRY
TAYLOR SWIFT

The Rock Father™ predicts: TAYLOR SWIFT… though SELENA GOMEZ could pull it off.

SONG
Born this Way – LADY GAGA
Firework – KATY PERRY
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Sparks Fly – TAYLOR SWIFT 

The Rock Father™ predicts: This one is a tough call, but I’ll go with GAGA for the simple fact that she encourages all of her little monsters to embrace their inner beauty.

There’s two glaring omissions here – that being rock and hip-hop. Sure, you could say that BLACK EYED PEAS fit the latter bill, but let’s be honest – they moved well into the pop realm years ago.  Surely the kids like some true rock bands and rap artists, right? I certainly hope so. It seems that these nominees were selected by dart board.

For the full list of Nominees in all categories, visit http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/2012/nominees 

The Kids’ Choice Awards 2012 airs LIVE on Saturday March 31, at 8/c on Nickelodeon.