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Cartoon Network announced a slew of athletes and celebrity presenters including Jessica Alba, star of upcoming animated film Escape from Planet Earth, Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold medalist in swimming, Mario Lopez, host of EXTRA, McKayla Maroney, Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics and NFL Pro-Bowl starters Victor Cruz and JJ Watt for the third annual Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards, premiering Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (ET, PT). Hosted by basketball legend and TNT NBA analyst Shaquille O’Neal and America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards is a high-energy, off-the-wall, multi-platform experience that lets viewers vote and honor their favorite sports stars and sports moments of the year.
Additionally, voting has opened up for five new categories on HallofGame.com. Fans can log on to HallofGame.com and now vote for their favorites in the Amped-up Anthem, Most Viral, Whoa-ment, Fanatic Fanstars, and Dance Machine.
Hosted by Shaquille O’Neal and Nick Cannon, Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards is the first-of-its-kind, sports award and entertainment event for kids, and will once again be produced by IMG Media, the production arm of global sports, entertainment and media company, IMG. Time Inc. Sports Group’s SI KIDS franchise will be serving again as an official media partner. Veteran, award-winning television and special events producer, Michael Dempsey, and Steve Mayer will again serve as executive producers. Viewers can expect a star-packed red carpet, on stage celebrity surprises, superstars from television, film, music and sports, and hilarious hijinks all wrapped up into one awesome awards show.
This year’s Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards is presented by a roster of industry-leading sponsors including: Hasbro’s NERF FireVision Sports brand, presenting sponsor of the “That’s How I Roll” voting category; Wii U from Nintendo, presenting sponsor of the “He’s Got Game” voting category; Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish Crackers, presenting sponsor of the “Most Awesome Mascot” voting category; and Chef Boyardee® and the new movie Escape from Planet Earth from The Weinstein Company, both as general voting sponsors.
Among his many accolades during his 19-year playing career, O’Neal was chosen as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players, ranks fifth all-time in NBA scoring history (28,596 points scored), won the Rookie of the Year award (1993) and MVP award (2000) and was named All-NBA 14 times. Additionally, his career includes four NBA Championships—three with the LA Lakers (2000—2002), where he was named NBA Finals MVP for all three championships, and one with the Miami Heat (2006). The 15-time NBA All-Star and three-time NBA All-Star MVP (2000, 2004, 2009) also won two scoring titles (1995, 2000). He appeared in 1,207 regular season games, averaging 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.3 blocks in 34.7 minutes per contest throughout his career, which included playing for the Orlando Magic, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He is currently an NBA analyst for TNT’s Sports Emmy Award-winning Inside the NBA studio show and also offers analysis on NBA TV, which is jointly managed by the NBA and Turner Sports.
Nick Cannon, executive producer of the upcoming Cartoon Network sketch-comedy series Incredible Crew, made his television debut as a teenage sketch comedian on the series All That where he was also a writer, making him the youngest staff writer in television history at the age of 17. Cannon catapulted onto the big screen in 2002 when he appeared alongside Will Smith in Men in Black II before landing a leading role in Drumline. He hosted Wild ‘N Out, a show that he created and executive produced for MTV, which was the network’s highest-rated comedy series in its history. In the fall of 2006, Cannon was featured in the film, Bobby, where his performance earned him a 2007 SAG nomination as well as being the first African American actor to be honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the “Breakthrough Actor of the Year” award. Most recently Cannon can be seen as the host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent as well as a series regular on Up All Night, which earned him recognition at this year’s 2012 NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Supporting Actor.”