Nick Cannon Announces Monthly Youth Honor at 5th Annual TeenNick HALO Awards
Hollywood supported teenage leadership at the fifth annual TeenNick HALO Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. Hosted, created and executive produced by Nick Cannon, the “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) Awards welcomed Enrique Iglesias, Austin Mahone, Dax Shepard, Darren Criss, Kevin Hart, Chloe Bennet, co-hosts Kevin Jonas and Jennette McCurdy and many more to recognize four real-life teens who have made a positive impact in their communities by partnering with or creating a specified organization -- complete with pre-show orange carpet featuring a performance by Fall Out Boy.
The 90-minute special paired each honoree with a celebrity based on their shared passions for a cause: Shay Mitchell with 16-year-old Miranda Fuentes in their efforts to bring awareness to autism; Josh Hutcherson with 19-year-old Zachary Kerr for allying with LGBTQ efforts; Chris Paul with 19-year-old Rocio Ortega for their like-mindedness in improving youth education; and Queen Latifah with 19-year-old Denzel Thompson for shared efforts in increasing community educational training. Both the organizations and honorees were gifted $10,000 in grants and scholastic scholarships.
"I want to continue empowering youth to get involved and have more women in media and political leadership positions," honoree Ortega, a Los Angeles native and first-generation Mexican American, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m so happy that female empowerment received recognition worldwide thanks to Nickelodeon. I knew I had a big platform, and I wanted to take this opportunity to empower today’s youth to achieve global female empowerment."
Audience members -- comprised of hundreds of students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Amigos de los Rios and Key Club International, and earned their tickets into the show by dedicating three hours of community service -- were entertained by The Jane Doze and performances from Mahone and Iglesias, the latter of whom closed the show with his new single, "Heart Attack."
But the noteworthy honors didn't end there. Cannon also announced: “Starting in January, TeenNick has come up with a big way to make the HALO effect official. Each month, [TeenNick] will recognize a young person who is making a difference and give them a $5,000 grant to the charity or organization of their choice. We’ll keep the HALO effect going on yearlong."
The TeenNick HALO Awards will encore Monday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. on TeenNick.