Nickelodeon finished up 2016 strong on Sunday, Nov. 27. The show was full of stunning performances by stars like Jason Derulo, heartfelt collaborations between artists such as Jake Miller and Jacob Whitesides, and one purple Mohawk—courtesy of host Nick Cannon.
But the biggest stars of the night were the honorees, four teens who embody the spirit of HALO (Helping And Leading Others).
Meet the honorees:
Grace: Grace overcame cancer, and started We Cancerve, a nonprofit designed to bring happiness to homeless, sick, and foster children through events and donations. So far, they’ve been able to help over 3,700 children in need.
Jonas: When Jonas met a homeless child his own age in Los Angeles, it inspired him to start Love in the Mirror, which provides disadvantaged youth with basic necessities like food, clothing, and learning materials. His organization has helped over 45,000 families through fundraising and donations.
Chris: In Chris’s hometown of Kingston, North Carolina, crime rates were rising and schools were doing poorly. Chris decided to try and change this. He met with the mayor to discuss his concerns and ideas for bettering the community. As a result, Chris founded the Kinston Teens Inc., which gives teens pride in their community through leadership activities and service opportunities.
Lillian: After dealing with a cataract, Lillian wanted to find a way to give more children the eye care they need. Her organization, Vision For and From Children, supports children across the globe with sight-saving surgeries and vision services.
Check out what you missed from this year’s HALO Awards below.
Empowering female voices
Daya fittingly performed Sit Still, Look Pretty as a tribute to the honorees and their motivation to make a difference.
Cara gave us serious feels with Scars to Your Beautiful, and Siwa put on a vibrant performance of her song, Boomerang, which was written to encourage victims of bullying to keep their heads up.
A heartfelt collaboration
Jake Miller and Jacob Whitesides gave us a surprise duet of Cold Water and it was every acoustic lover’s dream.
— Nickelodeon (@NickelodeonTV) November 28, 2016
Time freezes backstage
The viral sensation known as the mannequin challenge did not escape young Hollywood at the HALO awards. Will the performers regain motion in time for their moment in the spotlight? Watch below and find out.
Ending the night with a star-studded medley
And when we thought the musical showcases couldn’t get any better, Hailee Steinfeld, Daya, and Alessia Cara came together to sing an all-star jam of Zedd’s hits—with Zedd deejaying the medley.
— TeenNick (@teennick) November 28, 2016