Jojo Siwa Says She Wasn't Invited to the Kids' Choice Awards

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The 35th annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were held at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California this weekend, but there was one member of the Nickelodeon family notably missing from Saturday's show -- JoJo Siwa.

Siwa took to Instagram Saturday to explain her absence after fans were questioning why she wasn't in attendance, despite being nominated for a KCA this year in the Favorite Social Music Star category.

"A lot of you have been asking me why I'm not at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards tonight, and the answer is very simple, I wasn't invited," Siwa revealed in the 14-second clip. "I'm not sure why, but I just didn't get an invite."

The Dance Moms alum went on to clarify in the caption that it was not her choice not to attend the annual awards show, writing, "I don’t want anyone to think it was my choice not to go…. I simply didn’t get an invite:(."

ET has reached out to Nickelodeon for comment.

This isn't the first time Siwa has spoken out about a decision Nickelodeon has made. In September, she called out Nickelodeon, claiming the network was preventing her from performing certain songs from her film, The J Team, on her Nickelodeon's JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour.

"I go out on tour in January. My movie musical was just released (with 6 new original songs)… Nickelodeon told me today that I'm not allowed to perform/add any of the songs from the film into my show," she tweeted at the time, referring to the movie The J Team, which premiered exclusively on Paramount+ in July 2021.

"These are MY songs, MY voice, MY writing. Does this seem fair???" Siwa added. She wrote in a follow-up tweet, "There is no reason that this music should not be included."

"Working for a company as a real human being treated as only a brand is fun until it's not," the star said in another message.

Siwa spoke to ET that same month about her battle to include the music on her tour.

"Making my show the best that it possibly can be is what's important to me," Siwa said at the time. "If I have to sing the songs from The J Team acapella I will very unhappily do that, but I will happily do that [for my fans]."

"I think that, as an artist, I have a vision and I think that, as a human, I also have a brand," she continued. "I think that it only makes sense to have this music in my tour. It's a part of me. It's a part of the brand. It's a part of what we are doing right now."

Siwa's absence at the Kids' Choice Awards comes days after she debuted a dramatically shorter hairdo.

The 18-year-old performer shared footage of herself in the midst the head-turning haircut. "I did something today," she teased on TikTok. The teenager noted she is "so happy" and promised to show fans the results soon. 

In a video shared to Instagram, fans got a look at just how much hair Siwa said goodbye to as the stylist cut a chunk of locks at the nape of her neck. 

After plenty of anticipation and comments from her fans, Siwa finally debuted her much shorter shaved 'do by posting a selfie Thursday. "HAPPPPPY," she captioned the pic.

While Siwa rose to fame with a high ponytail often adorned with a colorful bow, she has tried out some other styles in recent years, including letting her long, wavy locks down altogether.

Siwa spoke about making changes to her signature style during a conversation with Instagram's Adam Mosseri back in June 2021.

"It felt like the right time to do something different and to do something, you know, maybe a little bit more mature…like a little upgrade," she said of letting her long locks down.

That doesn't mean her love for bows has disappeared entirely.  

"They're who I am," she said, "but I just, you know, maybe won't wear it every day."

See more on Siwa in the video below.

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