|Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards
Shaquille agreed to host the show again with Nick Cannon as the co-host. It will be held on February 11th.
Born Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal on March 6, 1972, Shaq went on to become one of the most dominant players in NBA history, helping his teams to win NBA Championships and Olympic gold. Athlete, actor, musician. Born Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal on March 6, 1972 in Newark, New Jersey. O'Neal attended Cole High School in San Antonio, Texas and Louisiana State University. Standing 7 feet and 315 pounds, this larger-than-life center is arguably the most dominant player in the NBA. During his years at Louisiana State, O'Neal was named the 1991 College Player of the Year and a unanimous first team All-American in both 1991 and 1992. He dropped out of college in 1992 after his junior year to pursue a career in the NBA. In his rookie season with the Orlando Magic, he finished in the top ten in scoring, rebounding, blocks and shooting percentage. A notoriously bad free-throw shooter, Shaq tries to get more of his points on the power slam. Hearty NBA centers know to try to foul Shaq rather than give him the easy shot. He became the first player in NBA history to be named Player of the Week in his first week in the league. In 1996, he signed the biggest contract in NBA history, seven years for $120 million with the LA Lakers. That same year, he helped the U.S. Dream Team win gold at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.
O'Neal has been named three times to the All-NBA Third Team (1994, 1996 and 1997) with two selections to the NBA Second Team (1995 and 1999). He was selected to his first All-NBA First Team in 1998, and again in 2000 (one of the most dominating seasons in recent years), 2001 and 2002. In 2000, he was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
Prior to the 2000-2001 season, the LA Lakers signed O'Neal to a three year, $88.5 million contract extension and Shaq helped deliver three consecutive world championships to the team (2000, 2001, 2002). In 2004 however, following growing dismay with team management and friction with teammate Kobe Bryant, O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat, helping the team capture the NBA championship in 2006. He is currently playing for the Boston Celtics.
Off the court, Shaq has reinvented himself as both a musician and actor. In 1990, he appeared on Fu-Schnickens' Top 40 single What's Up Doc?. In 1993, he released his solo debut, Shaq Diesel. With help from artists like Def Jef, the album achieved platinum status. Thanks to a slew of guest-stars, Shaq-Fu Da Return, released in 1994, established Shaq as a gold-certified rap artist. His third album, 1996's You Can't Stop the Reign, was released under his own imprint, TWIsM (The World Is Mine) Records. Respect appeared in 1998 and Presents His Superfriends in 2001.
Shaq also appeared in several films including Blue Chips with Nick Nolte and the star vehicles Kazaam! and Steel, for which he also recorded the soundtrack albums.
Shaq has four children with ex-wife, Shaunie Nelson as well as one other daughter by an ex-girlfriend.
Nick Cannon is the next generation of media kings. Simply put: Nick does it all. He’s a radio personality, film star, comedian, musician, writer, and executive producer of his very own hit TV shows.
The San Diego native began performing at the age of eight. In his early teens, he ventured to Hollywood to embark on a stand up comedy career. He played the biggest clubs in town and opened for comedy legends Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. His club fame propelled his budding acting career. After a short stint on Nickelodeon’s All That, Nick went on to create The Nick Cannon Show which he starred in, directed and executive produced for the network. It ultimately earned him his first Kids Choice Award and made him a household name.
Nick’s success on the small screen led him the world of film. His feature film credits include Drumline, Men in Black II and a role in the Oscar nominated film Bobby. He earned a SAG nomination and won the Breakthrough Actor of the Year at Cannes for his work in the 2006 film. His critical success cemented him as a heavyweight in Hollywood. While Nick continues to delight audiences and grow as an actor in both blockbusters and indie favorites, he is also building a media empire. Recently, he launched his own multi-media company called NCredible Entertainment, which has several TV shows, films and book series in development and production, including the hit tween book series School Gyrls.
Nick can currently be heard every weekend hosting Cannon’s Countdown, and is slated to return as everybody’s favorite host of America’s Got Talent in the summer of 2012.
Lifestyler, snowboarder, skateboarder, Olympian, friend, brother, son, musician…Shaun has an arsenal of titles, all of which play into his dynamic persona. He does it best, by doing it different. "Whatever it is, be yourself." That’s what Shaun is.
Background: Born in San Diego, California in 1986, Shaun Roger White endured two major surgeries to correct a heart defect before he was 1 years old. Despite this challenging start Shaun proved he was far from frail, charging into sports like surfing, soccer and snowboarding at a young age. Shaun grew up in a family of five and one of the family's favorite pastimes included skiing. At the age of 4, Shaun proved to be fearless on his skis racing down the slopes with older brother Jesse. In an attempt to slow down Shaun when he was 6, his mom decided to put him on a snowboard and instructed him to copy everything Jesse did. Unfortunately for her, it only encouraged Shaun to go faster.
While Shaun was being lauded as a snowboard prodigy, in the summertime he was simultaneously turning heads on the skateboard scene. Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk befriended the 9-year-old at a skate park and mentored the up-and-comer, encouraging Shaun and helping him turn pro at the age of 17. Participating in both sports was far from usual, but for Shaun this duality helped excel his progression.
Nyjah Huston has undeniably become one of the most remarkable and phenomenal street skaters to watch in a short period of time. After learning to skate at the young age of 5, Nyjah continues to eat, live, and breathe skateboarding to this day. He has had all eyes on him since he burst onto the skate scene at the young age of 9 and won the legendary Tampa Am event at only 10 years old. By the age of 11, Nyjah became the youngest ever X Games competitor. In 2010, he was crowned as the inaugural Street League Skateboard Champion, and in 2011 he won his first X Games gold medal. Nyjah’s consistency and distinguished skills make him the one to beat as he relentlessly skates his way to the top of world class skateboard competitions.
Nyjah’s real passion for skateboarding can be found in the roots of street skating. He continues to blow minds with his innovative bag of tricks performed on some of the most dangerous stairs and rails in cities throughout the world. At the young age of 17, he has already filmed five full- length video parts. His most recent video, Rise & Shine, produced by his long-time sponsor Element Skateboards, was released on Itunes on 11/11/11, and reminded all skate fans that Nyjah is a true street skater at heart. His determination and amazing talent on a skateboard truly shine and show what is possible when he puts mind over matter. Nyjah’s career as a professional street skater is expected to evolve and progress, and leaves us asking, “What will he do next?” There is no doubt that he will continue to the push the limits of skateboarding and become one of the greatest legends in action
At WX 2011, Kelly shocked women's superpipe snowboarding when she became the first woman to land a 1080 in competition. She's on an amazing streak entering WX Tignes, winning the overall TTR World Tour (halfpipe) and Burton Global Open Series). She had won 13 straight events (including Winter X 2011 and 2012 and Winter X Tignes 2011), but finished 2nd at the Burton US Open (to Elena Hight). She received 2011 ESPY nominations for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year. One of the most decorated women in action sports, the Vermont native has 9 WX SuperPipe medals, more than any other woman. She entered 2012 saying she felt stronger, fitter and happier than ever. Indeed. Her Kelly Clark Foundation awarded double the amount of scholarships (14) for the 2011-12 season over the previous year.
Kelly Slater has revolutionized the way people think about riding waves, has a video game named after him and put out his own album of surf music. There's no doubt that Kelly deserves his nickname of the Michael Jordan of surfing. Read on for the 411 on this surfing superstar. Kelly Slater first jumped on a surfboard when he was a kid near his home in Cocoa Beach, Florida. His dad owned a bait and tackle store near the ocean, so Kelly would be at the beach searching for big waves almost every day after school - and sometimes even before school. His dedication paid off and by the time he was a teenager, Kelly Slater had a reputation as one of the best surfers around. He was appearing in surf magazines and even had an agent. Kelly won his first world title in 1992, at the age of 20, making him the youngest world champion ever.
In his 15 year pro surfing career, Kelly has a record eight world titles and 33 WCT (World Championship Tour) victories. He has won all over the world including Hawaii, Australia, France, Japan and South Africa. He's also competed in the 2003 and 2004 X Games. Kelly Slater took the sport to a new level by trying "skate style" tricks and going for big air off waves - rather than long elegant carves, which was the style of most old-school surfers. His accomplishments have cemented his rep as the world's greatest surfer.
Amped Up Anthem Catagory
PSY - “Gangnam Style”
South Korean singer and rapper PSY became an international sensation with the outrageously silly video for his 2012 hit "Gangnam Style." The artist, born Park Jae-Sang, is a graduate of Boston University and Berklee College of Music and began his music career in 2001 with the album PSY from the PSYcho World! The album's in-your-face lyrics connected with Korean teens but concerned civil groups, causing PSY to pay fines and restrict sales to adults only. He capitalized on the controversy by releasing two more albums, Sa 2 and 3 PSY, a year later, which earned songwriting accolades at the 2004 SBS and Seoul Music Awards. Third album Sa Jib (Sa House) followed in 2006, along with more honors from the SBS Music Awards and M.net KM Music Festival. Aside from his regular recording and performing duties, PSY became a familiar face with appearances on Korean game shows like X-Man and talk shows like Golden Fishery, bringing his flashy style and offbeat charm to the masses. Fifth album PSY Five arrived in 2010 as the artist signed to YG Entertainment, one of Korea's largest talent agencies and record labels, and took home trophies from the Melon, Seoul, and M.net Asian Music Awards ceremonies. PSY kicked off 2011 with Best Album honors from the 20th High1 Seoul Music Festival and by the following spring he joined the cast of the Korean televised talent competition Superstar K as judge. His fame reached international status in summer 2012 with the release of the album PSY's Best 6th Part 1, propelled by the single "Gangnam Style," which he immortalized in a video with campy choreography that simulated riding a horse. Within a month of its release, the video racked up over 28 million hits on YouTube and inspired parody clips from all corners of the globe.
Carly Rae Jepsen - “Call Me Maybe”
Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen was born on November 11, 1985 and grew up in Mission, British Columbia. She debuted on the pop music scene in 2008 with Tug of War, an album including two acclaimed singles, "Bucket" and "Tug of War." In February 2012, Jepsen produced her second album, Curiosity, which included "Call Me Maybe," a tune that peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Candian Hot 100 chart. In 2012, she was signed to School Boy Records.
The Script - “ Hall of Fame”
The Script are a pop rock band which formed in 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. The band consists of Danny O'Donoghue (vocals), Mark Sheehan (guitar) and Glen Power (drums).
After reaching number fifteen in the charts with their 2008 debut single "We Cry," their second single "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" peaked at number two. Their debut album The Script was released on the 11th August 2008, and went straight to number one on iTunes, both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Their third single, "Breakeven," was released on the 10th of November 2008, peaking at number 21 in the UK singles chart. The band went on to release two more singles from their debut: "Talk You Down" and "Before The Worst."
The Script's second album, Science and Faith, was released on the 13th September 2010. It reached number 1 on the UK album chart and the Irish album chart. The first single titled "For The First Time" peaked at number 4 in the UK charts. The second single from the album will be "Nothing."
The band's third album #3 will be released in September 2012. The first single "Hall of Fame," taken from the album is already on release. This features a vocal from will.i.am.
Philip Phillips - “Home”
The same day that Phillip Phillips claimed his victory in American Idol’s season 11 finale, the 21-year-old singer/guitarist released “Home,” a debut single that showcases his rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills— and marked the highest debut on the Billboard Digital songs chart with 278,000 downloads sold. Now, with a Billboard Hot 100 top-ten debut under his belt, the Leesburg, Georgia-bred songwriter is gearing up to record his first album for 19 entertainment/Interscope Records. “It’s going to have more of a rock sound it,” says Phillips, who counts Eric Clapton as one of his key influences. “The most important thing to me is making music that comes from my heart and really connects with people on a gut level.”
Dance Machine Category
Jason Andrew Pierre-Paul (born January 1, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). His nickname is JPP. The son of Haitian immigrants, Pierre-Paul grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He played college football at South Florida and was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He amassed 49 tackles, 14 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery as a freshman at College of the Canyons (California) and earned First-team All-WSC and All-America honors. In 2008 Pierre-Paul played at Fort Scott Community College (Kansas), where his 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries earned him First-Team Little All-American honors.
He was named First-team All-America by Pro Football Weekly for his efforts, and was also first team All Big East. He earned the nickname Haitian Sensation. In the fourth week of the season, he was named the Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week in the College Performance Awards. After his junior year, he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2010 NFL Draft.
Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi (born May 25, 1982) is a Kenyan athlete, winner of the 3000 metres steeplechase at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 2009 World Championships, the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics. His 3000 m steeplechase best of 7:55.76 places him as the sixth fastest of all time. He is one of only three men to have won both Olympic and World golds in the event, along with Reuben Kosgei and Brimin Kipruto. Born in Matira, near Kapsowar, Marakwet District. Kemboi represented Kenya at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but managed only seventh – his worst performance on the global stage. He rebounded with a win at the 2009 World Championships (his first world gold medal) and took silver at the 2010 African Championships the following year. He won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea. Kemboi won the gold medal for Kenya in the 3000m Steeplechase in London 2012.Kemboi won in a time of eight minutes 18.56 seconds.
James Dennis Alan "Denny" Hamlin (born November 18, 1980) is an American NASCAR racecar driver. He currently drives the No. 11 FedEx Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Sprint Cup Series and the No. 18 Toyota in the Nationwide Series. Hamlin was born in Tampa, Florida, but lived in Chesterfield, Virginia for most of his childhood. Hamlin began his racing career in 1988, at the age of 7 years old, racing go-karts. By 1997 at 15 he won the WKA manufacturers cup at the age of 16, he was racing Ministocks. In his first stock car race, at Langley Speedway, Hamlin won the pole position, and won the race. He then progressed to the Grand Stock division in 1998, and moved on to Late Model Stock Cars in 2000. In 2002, he won ten Late Model races, and surpassed that in 2003 with 25 wins, and 30 poles, out of 36 races. In 2004, while competing full-time in Late Model Stock Cars, Hamlin was signed to a driver development contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Ray Anthony Lewis, Jr. (born May 15, 1975) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire career for the Baltimore Ravens, which spanned 17 years from 1996 to 2013, and for the University of Miami in college. Ray has been selected to 13 Pro Bowls and named an Associated Press All-Pro 10 times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003, becoming the sixth player to win the award multiple times. Lewis was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team. After a triceps tear that sidelined him for most of the 2012-13 season, Lewis made the decision to retire at the end of the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII. Throughout his career, Lewis built a reputation as a leader and intimidating force at middle linebacker. He has led his team in tackles in 12 of his 14 seasons. Lewis had career totals of 2,061 total tackles (1,567 solo), 19 forced fumbles, 117 passes defended, 102.5 stuffs for a loss, 41.5 sacks, 20 fumble recoveries, 31 interceptions for 503 yards, one safety and three touchdowns in 228 games. He has been selected to 13 NFL Pro Bowl games, a record for an inside/middle linebacker, in his 17 seasons, and led the NFL in tackles five times (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004). In 21 career playoff games, Lewis has totaled 214 tackles (135 solo), two sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions for 54 yards, 15 pass deflections, 10.5 stuffs for a loss, and one touchdown.
Most Viral Player Category
“9 Year-Old Girl Running Back” – Samantha Gordon
9-year-old Samantha Gordon from Salt Lake City, Utah is a star player in an all-boys tackle football league. During the 2012 season Sam scored 35 times on 232 carries and ran for 1,911 yards, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Sam’s dad, Brent has put together this highlight video of his daughter scoring, breaking tackles and taking/making hits. The highlight reel has been seen over 400,000 times in two days.
“Game Winning Catch”- Derrick Salberg
Derrick Salberg made the best catch ever, in front of 643 people on a field with a 4-foot-tall outfield fence. There was something utterly gorgeous about what Salberg did. Much of it indeed was the aesthetics of the catch. Baseball, a game of straight-line running, rarely offers situations in which the human form can put itself on display. When a fly ball rocketed toward Salberg in left field, he started to run, 10 desperate steps, until he reached the comically low fence at Lower Columbia College's home park in Longview, Wash. Then it happened: his legs springing and his right arm extending like he was Inspector Gadget, his hand squeezing the ball so improbably, his entire body clearing the fence, all 165 pounds of him crashing down with multiple G’s of force, head over heels, literally and figuratively, and in love with what just happened.
“Amazing One-Handed Catch”- Dylan Colaci
When Dylan Colaci was handed the chance of an official role at the Australian Open he wasn't expecting to be centre stage for his cricket skills during the biggest tennis match of the year so far. But the 14 year-old's eagle eyed catch during the semi-final showdown between Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer momentarily overshadowed the star attractions on the Rod Laver Arena. His speedy reaction to snaffle a stray ball with an outstretched hand drew rapturous applause from the crowd. It even prompted the commentator to compare him to Australia's prolific slip fielder Ricky Ponting. Now the video footage of his superior skills have caught the eye of online admirers with nearly 800,000 views on YouTube.
“67 Yard Field Goal”- Austin Rehkow
The NFL record for longest made field goal is 63 yards and is shared by Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam, Sebastian Janikowski and David Akers.
Some day, that record will fall, and it’s feasible that Austin Rehkow could be the man who breaks it. The Central Valley High (Wash.) senior kicker set a new state record on Thursday night when he blasted a 67-yard field goal through the uprights. And this wasn’t some fluky, end-of-the-first-half, Lane Kiffin-style prayer. It was a game-tying kick that sent Central Valley into overtime where the Bears outlasted rival Shadle Park, 62-55.