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Jon Bon Jovi Thinks Kids' Choice Awards Nomination Is "Coolest Thing Ever"

Image courtesy of Photo: David Bergman (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Photo: David Bergman (via ABC News Radio)

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards take place tonight, and vying for honors in the music categories are all the usual young pop superstars, including Katy Perry , Maroon 5 , Pink , Bruno Mars and One Direction .  But one of the year's musical nominees stands out...because the group's members are probably older than the parents of the kids who voted this year.

Bon Jovi , whose members are all in their fifties, has been nominated for Favorite Music Group, and the New Jersey rockers will be competing against One Direction, Maroon 5 and Big Time Rush .  It's not like Bon Jovi is irrelevant -- they currently have the #1 album in the country and a sold-out tour -- but they're usually thought of as appealing to older people, not kids.  And frontman Jon Bon Jovi tells ABC News Radio he couldn't be more thrilled about the nomination.

"I take great pride in that!" he says.  "It would have been the kind of thing that 20 years ago I would have scoffed at and said, 'I don't wanna [be a part of that].  What is that?'  But now?  I think it's the coolest thing ever!"  He adds, laughing, "You know, you're up there with One Direction and I'll concede now!  I don't even have to wait 'til the weekend!"

On a more serious note, Jon, a father of four, tells ABC News Radio that he's proud of the fact that his band's music is multi-generational.  "To be considered by that audience -- not even my big kids, my little kids watch Nick -- and to think that our music is relevant to eight, 10, 18, 20, 30 and 40?  Hey, I'll take it!"  

The Kids' Choice Awards telecast airs live from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Among the stars appearing on the show will be Steven Tyler , Kristen Wiig , Steve Carell , Sandra Bullock , and Megan Fox .

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