April 2, 2006

Green Day rocks with America’s kids

By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Punk rock rules with America's
youngsters, who voted Green Day their favorite group at the
Kids Choice Awards on Saturday.

The Bay Area trio also nabbed the honor for favorite song
("Wake Me Up When September Ends"), and frontman Billie Joe
Armstrong injected a dose of rebelliousness into proceedings.

"Don't believe everything you see on television, and stick
it to the man," Armstrong told the crowd of 10,000 caffeinated
kids and their parents during Nickelodeon's 19th annual bash at
the Pauley Pavilion.

The awards were the latest in a long list of accolades for
Green Day, whose politically charged album "American Idiot" is
still in the U.S. pop charts after 79 weeks. In February, the
group won the coveted record of the year Grammy.

Other Kids Choice winners also tried to keep things serious
amid the din.

Perennial winner Will Smith, named favorite movie actor for
"Hitch," told the kids to choose friends who are "really smart"
rather than those who are "really dumb."

Chris Rock, winner of the "Wannabe Award" for role models,
implored them not to try steroids, even if they taste good.

Performers included feisty rocker Pink who sang her new
tune "Stupid Girls," whose video satirizes such tabloid
favorites as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton.

Coincidentally, Pink took the stage right after Lohan
picked up her award for favorite movie actress in "Herbie:
Fully Loaded." Lohan did not stick around to watch.