Chris Brown and Rihanna are competing against each other in the best song category at the upcoming Kids' Choice Awards. Chris Brown is nominated for his No. 1 single "Kiss Kiss," while Rihanna contends with "Don't Stop the Music." The other nominees are Beyonce ("Single Ladies") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Voting begins at the official website on Monday, March 2.
This is not the first time the two have been rivals for an award. At this year's Grammy Awards, they both contended in the pop vocal collaboration category. Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks were nominated for "No Air," while Rihanna and Maroon were up for "If I Never See Your Face Again." Both duos lost to Robert Plant and Allison Kraus ("Rich Woman"). And last year, when they faced off in best rap/sung collaboration, Rihanna and Jay-Z won for "Umbrella" over, among others, Chris Brown and T-Pain for "Kiss Kiss."
That marks the only Grammy victory for Rihanna among nine nominations in two years. "Umbrella" also lost song and record of the year to Amy Winehouse's "Rehab." Rihanna's dance recording bid for "Don't Stop the Music" was beaten by Justin Timberlake's "LoveStoned." And her R&B duo with Ne-Yo on "I Hate That I Love You" lost to Chaka Khan and Mary J. Blige ("Disrespectful") and lost a R&B song bid to "No One" by Alicia Keys. This year Rihanna lost dance recording again, with "Disturbia" bested by Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." And her long-form video ("Good Girl Gone Bad Live") was edged out by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ("Runnin' Down a Dream").
Chris Brown remains a Grammy loser despite five nominations. This year he also lost R&B male vocal for "Take You Down" to Ne-Yo ("Miss Independent"). At last year's Grammy Awards he also lost best contemporary R&B album for his self-titled debut to Ne-Yo ("Because of You") as well as best new artist to Carrie Underwood.
However Chris Brown is a winner with the Kids' Choice Awards, having taken home favorite male singer last year after losing to Justin Timberlake in 2007. This year he contends against 2006 winner Jesse McCartney, Kid Rock and his "Kiss Kiss" collaborator, T-Pain.
Rihanna contends for the first time as favorite female singer at the Kids' Choice Awards against last year's champ Miley Cyrus, 2007 winner Beyonce and three-time nominee Alicia Keys.
There is no word on whether either Chris Brown or Rihanna will attend the March 28 ceremony, which will be telecast live on Nickelodeon and hosted by "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson. They both skipped the NAACP Image Awards, which came only five days after the Grammy-eve incident that catapulted them into the headlines. At the Image Awards, Chris Brown lost the male vocalist prize to Jamie Foxx, and Rihanna was bested by Beyonce for female vocalist.