John Legend to Host “Global Citizen Prize Awards”

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NBC will air the two-hour special “Global Citizen Prize Awards” on Saturday, 19th December at 8pm ET/PT, hosted by John Legend.

The telecast, from Global Citizen will honor those making extraordinary efforts to lift up the world’s most vulnerable, inspire others to stand up and take action, help end extreme poverty and make the world a better place. The special will re-air on MSNBC on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, as well as on Dec. 31 at 12 a.m. ET/PT.

The special will feature performances from Alessia Cara, Carrie Underwood, Common, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, JoJo, and Tori Kelly. Those making appearances include John Oliver, Nick Jonas, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and more.

The “Countdown to the Prize” digital pre-show, hosted by “Access Hollywood’s” Scott Evans, will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, special packages on the Global Citizen Prize winners and a virtual red carpet. The pre-show will stream at 7:30 p.m. ET on Facebook and Twitter.

Companies including Cisco, P&G and Citi have also joined the Global Citizen Prize. This year’s Global Citizen Prize will be recognized across six categories, including Global Citizen of the Year, Global Citizen Prize for World Leader, Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader, Global Citizen Artist of the Year, Cisco Youth Leadership Award and the Global Citizen Country Hero Award.

• Global Citizen of the Year: Celebrates an individual who has proven exceptional and sustained impact toward the end of extreme poverty and its systemic causes.
• Global Citizen Prize for World Leader: Honors a political figure who advocates for and has implemented policy changes that have improved the lives of those living in poverty. Finalists for this year’s prize include Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Kristalina Georgieva, Chairwoman & Managing Director of the IMF; Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; and Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS.
• Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader: Honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact.
• Global Citizen Artist of the Year: Honors a creative individual or group using their platform and their work to create change not only through conversation but meaningful impact.
• Cisco Youth Leadership Award: Established by Cisco and Global Citizen, celebrates an individual 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully toward the goal of ending extreme poverty in their community. The award includes a $250,000 prize paid to the organization to which the individual contributes. This year’s finalists include Founder and President of Virtualahan, Ryan Gersava (Philippines); Founder and CEO of the Myna Mahila Foundation, Suhani Jalota (India); and Founder and Managing Director of Water Access Rwanda, Christelle Kwizera (Rwanda).
• Global Citizen Country Hero Award: Celebrates individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving the Global Goals and championing the most vulnerable. The award will be presented in Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia and Mexico. Country Hero Awardees include Burnet Institute Director & CEO, Professor Brendan Crabb AC (Australia); founder of Help a Girl Out, Yanique Brandford (Canada); Founder of Space2GroW and women’s rights advocate, Anab Mohamud (Germany); founder of Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo (Mexico); Executive Director of Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER), Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi (Nigeria); Directors of the WISE Collective, Brenda Madumise-Pajibo, Onica N. Makwakwa and Pinky Mgobozi (South Africa); and co-founder and co-director of Green New Deal, Fatima Ibrahim (United Kingdom).

In addition, Global Citizen Prize is introducing three awards, selected by Global Citizen and a team of advisors, that recognize individuals or organizations who have demonstrated exceptional impact over the preceding year, creating positive change and inspiring others through compassion, innovation and unwavering dedication in their respective fields.

“Global Citizen Prize Awards” will air on broadcasters across the globe, including NBC in the United States, and CTV, Digicel, Insight TV, Mediacorp, SABC, SKY Media, TRACE Anglophone West Africa, Viacom and Vodafone in Africa, Asia, Canada, Central America, India, Europe and the United Kingdom.

The special will be available online on MSNBC, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube following its airing on NBC.