February 13, 2013 22:47:29 GMT
Harry Styles of One Direction and his former girlfriend dominate the pack with two nods each, including a showdown in Favorite Song.
Nominees for the upcoming Nickelodeon's 26th annual Kids' Choice Awards in music field have been unveiled. One Direction and Taylor Swift both land two nods. Another young star Justin Bieber gets one nom, vying for Favorite Male Singer along with Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton and Usher.
Harry Styles and his ex Swift are going head-to-head in Favorite Song as his band 1D is nominated for "What Makes You Beautiful" and she is for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". Joining the showdown to win the coveted blimp are Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe") and PSY ("Gangnam Style").
1D get their second nod in Favorite Music Group, facing off Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Big Time Rush. Swift is eying a prize in Favorite Female Singer where Adele, Katy Perry and Pink are among the contenders. She gets a total of three nods overall, receiving an additional one in movie category (Favorite Voice From Animated Movie).
"We are delighted," Styles tells PEOPLE of the group's excitement for their double nominations. "It was amazing to perform 'What Makes You Beautiful' at last year's show. Thank you as always to our incredible fans and supporters!"
Also honoring the best in movie, TV, sports and other pop categories, the awards show will be held on March 23 live from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. "Transformers" star Josh Duhamel, will serve as the host. Voting in the 22 categories begins on Thursday, February 14, 2013 on KCAs official website.
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