The VH1 Do Something Awards honored Jennifer Hudson, Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Osbourne, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and LL Cool J for their charity work and making a positive impact on July 31st. Hosted by Sophia Bush and Jason Dundas the awards show also recognized young “do-ers” under 25 working to change the world through community service. Jennifer Hudson, J. Cole, Sara Bareilles and Fitz and The Tantrums all performed.
Jennifer Hudson, who performed with rapper J.Cole during the show, was one of the main honorees at the event in recognition of the Chicago-based, Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization that collects and distributes school supplies and Christmas presents for children in honor of Hudson’s late nephew. Hudson made an emotional acceptance speech when she received the award from Ne-Yo.
“I wasn’t going to cry, but I’m a cry baby so I can’t help it,” Hudson said. “It just shows how much it warms my heart to see so many blessed and from our blessings in honor of my nephew. It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”
This goes to show that the Do Something Awards is not your average red-carpet show, with celebs and young “do-gooders” honored for supporting so many diverse and important causes ranging from marriage equality to finding a cure for MS. Newly engaged Kelly Osbourne was recognized for her work with the Race to Erase MS, which has a personal connection since her brother Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Modern Family’s favorite ginger Ferguson founded marriage equality advocate group Tie The Knot, with his husband Justin Mikita last year and was also honored.
Five outstanding, young individuals were honored and received grants for their organizations. Daniel Maree accepted the grand prize of $100,000 on behalf of the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, an organization he founded in the wake of the controversial Trayvon Martin death and case to advocate for amending Florida’s “stand your ground” law and to build awareness about all forms of profiling.
The Do Something Awards never fails to inspire and we can’t wait to see the amazing projects and leaders that take the stage next year.