a Few of His Own Dance Moves
Cartoon Network gave props to top athletes at their second annual sports awards show, Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards on Saturday night.Â Hosted by basketball legend and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille Oâ€™Neal, the Hall of Game Awards featured a star-packed event, onstage celebrity surprises, icons from television, film, music and sports, and hilarious hijinks.Â Â In a mad rush leading up to the event, fans cast more than 100 million votes for their favorites at HallofGame.com, wildly surpassing last yearâ€™s 37 million votes.Â Hall of Game Awards premieres Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.
In addition to a grand entrance by host Shaquille Oâ€™Neal that canâ€™t be missed, the Hall of Game Awards included appearances by the First Lady Michelle Obama, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, NBA stars LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.Â Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham received the annual Icon Award from none other than New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees and host Shaquille Oâ€™Neal tried to one-up New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz with his own dance moves.
Musical performances by Flo Rida and Hot Chelle Rae raised the roof for the star-studded line-up that included Nick Cannon (Americaâ€™s Got Talent), Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers quarterback), Hope Solo (Pro and World Cup soccer goalie), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Jennette McCurdy (iCarly) Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions quarterback), Maya Gabeira, (Pro surfer), Tony Gonzalez (Atlanta Falcons tight end), Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants wide receiver), Terrell Suggs (Baltimore Ravens linebacker), Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels right fielder), Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints tight end), AJ Green (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions wide receiver), Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder), Steve McCann (BMX rider) and The Miz (WWE Superstar).
Appearances also included the cast of Cartoon Networkâ€™s Dude, What Would Happenâ€”C.J. Manigo, Jackson Rogow and Ali Sepasyarâ€”as well as the cast from Cartoon Networkâ€™s newest live-action comedy Level Upâ€”Gaelan Connell, Connor del Rio, Jessie T. Usher, Aimee Carrero and Lonny Ross, and the 2011 SI Kids SportsKid of the Year, Noah Flegel.
And the winnerâ€™s areâ€¦
All-Pro Class Clown
Torii Hunter (MLB)
Steve McCann (BMX)
Amped Up Anthem
Flo-Rida â€œGood Feelingâ€
Best Foes Forever (BFF)
LeBron James/ Kobe Bryant (NBA)
Tim Tebow: OT win vs. Chicago Bears led to 6th straight win (NFL)
Victor Cruz, Giants (NFL)
Matthew Stafford & Calvin Johnson, Lions (NFL)
Ben Revere somersaults his way to a triple (MLB)
St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)
Cam Newton, Panthers (NFL)
Here To Rumble
Heâ€™s Got Game
LeBron James, Heat (NBA)
Icon Award â€“ King of the Kick
In It To Win It
Matt Kemp (MLB)
Most Awesome Mascot
San Jose Sharks â€œSharkieâ€ (NHL)
Most Viral Player
Frisbee trick shot by Brodie Smith
Sheâ€™s Got Game
Hope Solo, U.S. Team (Soccer)
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants: Super Bowl XLVI (NFL)
Daniel & Henrik Sedin (NHL)
Thatâ€™s How I Roll
Dwyane Wade, Heat (NBA)
We Got Game
Green Bay Packers, Super Bowl 2011 Champions (NFL)
Cartoon Networkâ€™s Hall of Game Awards is produced by IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG.Â Time Inc. Sports Groupâ€™s SI KIDS franchise serves as the official media partner. Veteran, award-winning television and special events producers, Michael Dempsey and Steve Mayer also return as executive producers.Â Executive producers for Cartoon Network are Rob Sorcher and Rafael Garcia.
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 168 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.â€™s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families.Â Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action programming for young adults 18-34.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
About IMG Media
IMG Media operates from over 30 offices worldwide and distributes content across all forms of media including TV, Audio, Fixed Media, Inflight and Closed Circuit, Broadband and Mobile. IMG Media Production generates 6000 hours of programming, over 200 projects in locations around the world. These include coverage of:Â New York City Marathon, Masters, PGA Championship, ATP and WTA Tennis, Professional Bull Riding, television and digital production for both Wimbledon and the R and A, Premier League Soccer Productions, Total Rugby for the IRB, Transworld Sport, FIFA Futbol Mondial and FIFA World Cup Preview Series. IMG Media also has produced entertainment specials such as: Super Bowlâ€™s Greatest Commercials, Worldâ€™s and Yearâ€™s Funniest Commercials for TBS, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular.Â IMG Media also maintains the worldâ€™s largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.
About Time Inc. Sports Groupâ€™s SI KIDS Franchise
The SI Kids franchise is anchored by theÂ flagship monthlyÂ and includes the website (www.SIkids.com), books, events, licensed productsÂ and the annual â€œSportsKid of the Yearâ€ platform. Â For 21 years SI Kids has helped young fans (8 and up) learn about positive values, good sportsmanship and healthy lifestyle through sports. Â The franchise delivers SIâ€™s in-depth reporting, action photography, first-person athlete accounts and features to a monthly audience of 4.9mm. Â Today, more than 60% of current Sports IllustratedÂ readers have subscribed to SI Kids.