Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly, Walk the Moon and Nick Cannon All On Board For 2015 HALO Awards Concert Event
Just today, Nickelodeon announced the exciting concert lineup for their 2015 Nickelodeon HALO (Help and Leading Others) Awards. The HALO awards are an annual celebration honoring young community leaders from across the US, who do extraordinary work to make lives better in their communities.
Among the celebrities on hand to perform for these exceptional teens are Fifth Harmony, DNCE (with lead singer Joe Jonas), Flo Rida, Tori Kelly and Walk The Moon. Stepping into the role of host again this year will be creator and executive producer Nick Cannon.
The night will also offer a special appearance by pop superstar, Justin Bieber who will become the first ever recipient of the HALO Hall of Fame Award, for his work with Make-A-Wish and Pencils for Promise.
“There’s no better way to begin the holiday season than by celebrating the amazing work of these four teens and our first HALO Hall of Fame recipient Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards,” said Cannon. “Justin’s commitment to granting wishes for kids is unparalleled, and his ability to inspire and lead others through his positive actions is at the core of what HALO is all about.”
Also on hand for the star studded evening, from Nick’s hit series Bella and the Bulldogs (Brec Bassinger, Coy Stewart), Instant Mom (Sydney Park), 100 Things to Do Before High School (Isabela Moner), Every Witch Way (Rahart Adams) and Make It Pop (Megan Lee, Erika Tham, Louriza Tronco, Dale Whibley). The Nickelodeon stars will be put to the test in a series of in-show physical challenges that will help raise money for the organizations of the HALO Award honorees.
Check out more on this year’s four impressive Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees:
Ethan Cruikshank, 16, Mechanicsville, Va. – A guitar player since the age of seven, Ethan Cruikshank was inspired to start Music to My Ears after his school cut music education funding. Since then, Cruikshank’s music program has helped over 100 kids across four states by providing free music lessons through volunteer teachers and distributing instruments to those who can’t afford them.
Riley Gantt, 15, Sherman Oaks, Calif. – Riley Gantt’s organization Rainbow Pack was born out of her desire to provide kids with the supplies they need to do their homework and be successful learners, regardless of their economic circumstances. With funds raised through fundraising, grants, social media and school supply drives, she has successfully donated over 9000 backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in the Los Angeles area.
Joshua Williams, 14, Miami Beach, Fla. – Joshua Williams’ commitment to eradicate hunger started with a roadside donation to a starving man when he was four and a half years old. Through William’s organization, Joshua’s Heart Foundation, he designed a food distribution system in local churches, schools and community centers, and continues to raise awareness of hunger and poverty at speaking engagements. He has distributed over 1.1 million pounds of food in South Florida, Jamaica and Africa to date, and helped feed over 50,000 people nationwide.
Ruchita Zaparde, 18, Plainsboro, N.J. – After a family trip to India exposed Ruchita Zaparde to the plight of widows and the difficulties they faced, she started Sew A Future to help those women achieve financial stability by becoming seamstresses. Zaparde identifies widows in need in India, delivers sewing machines and supplies, and connects the kids who are fundraising in the U.S. to the recipients. Over 200 families have been raised out of poverty with the gift of a sewing machine, thanks to the fundraising efforts of over 1400 students in 30 states.
Now in its seventh year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards will air on November 29th, 2015 @ 7 PM EST on Nickelodeon channels. The evening promises to be another awesome and exciting show filled with fun, excellent music and a lot of inspirational stories. You don’t want to miss it!