2012 DO SOMETHING AWARDS
Hosted by New Girl Funnymen Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield
and Lamorne Morris, the Awards Will Air on
VH1 Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00pm EST
DoSomething.org and VH1 announced today that Flo Rida and fun. will perform as part of the star-studded 2012 Do Something Awards (#DSAwards) along with celebrity presenters Ashley Greene and Jordin Sparks. Hosted by the hilarious New Girl stars Jake Johnson, Emmy-nominated Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris, the ceremony will honor and celebrate the nation’s best young world-changers who represent the pivotal “do-ers” in their field, cause or issue.
Celebrities Kristen Bell, Ben Affleck, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Neil Patrick Harris, Channing Tatum, Emma Stone, and many more have been nominated in a variety of categories from ‘Do Something Movie Star’ to ‘Do Something Couple’ for all they have done to inspire young people. Many will be on hand to accept and present the awards at the show which will air Tuesday, August 21, 2011 at 9:00pm EST on VH1. The polls are open and people can place their votes by visiting: http://www.vh1.com/shows/events/do_something_awards/2012/categories.jhtml.
“We honor, we pay tribute, we reward…and we jam! With eight top ten hits, Flo Rida and the indie band that incorporates our mantra, be young and Fun., we are all sure to have an awesome time!” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org.
“We are thrilled that our top choices for music performances immediately accepted our invitations. We know that Flo Rida and fun. will make it an incredible celebration!” added Tom Calderone, President, VH1.
Flo Rida, unsurprisingly a native Floridian, is without question one of today’s most vibrant and internationally recognized superstars. Having sold more than 60 million singles worldwide, the Miami-based rapper released his fourth studio album Wild Ones this month, featuring chart-topping hits “Good Feeling,” “Wild Ones” and “Whistle.” Flo Rida burst onto the scene in 2007 with his record-breaking #1 hit, “Low (Feat. T-Pain),” which spent 10 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard “Hot 100.” In 2009, Flo Rida broke his own record when “Right Round”
made history with more than 636,000 digital sales in its first week of release – still the biggest debut digital sales week for any single ever. Only 1 Flo, Pt. 1 appeared in 2010 featuring tracks produced by dance music star David Guetta.
Recently name one of the “30 Greatest Artists of Right Now” by Entertainment Weekly, fun., comprised of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff, and Andrew Dost, have had a breakout year fueled by their smash hit “We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe),” which has surpassed 5 million in sales and spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single and title track from their album Some Nights is currently top 5 at Alternative radio and nearing platinum in sales. Fun. has been featured in Rolling Stone and the New York Times among others, and is the subject of a multi-part series by NPR’s “Weekend Edition” airing throughout the summer. The band has been outspoken in their advocacy of LGBTQ equality, supporting organizations like GLAAD, HRC, and The Trevor Project. Guitarist Jack Antonoff recently penned a blog as part of Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” entitled “Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities” — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-antonoff/straight-allies_b_1280498.html. For more information, visit www.ournameisfun.com.
In addition to honoring celebrities for their work to inspire others, and a night filled with great musical performances, one young “do-er” (age 25 and under) will receive a grand prize of $100,000 for their cause. This is the largest and most prestigious prize in the world for young people and social change.
This year’s five nominees have gone above and beyond to make a difference addressing important issues ranging from educating the youth of Honduras, helping the Ethiopian Sudanese community, advocating for foster children, mobilizing creative healing while encouraging creative development and raising awareness of the global water crisis. All nominees will be rewarded with a $10,000 community grant and continued support from DoSomething.org. Nominees include Manyang Reath Kher, Meg Bourne, Danny Mendoza, Katia Gomez, and Seth Maxwell.
VH1 Costar is meant to be a companion while you watch all your favorite VH1 series. Users can watch video extras, browse photos, answer trivia and unlock badges. The WatchWith feature filters and records the best comments from all viewer tweets and marries them to the timeline of the show. It uses the viewer’s iPad (or iPhone’s) GPS to know the viewing timezone. VH1 will be working with DoSomething.org to provide additional informational factoids on the nominees, causes and the organization itself within the WatchWith stream. For more information, please visit the App Store http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vh1-co-star/id413522634?mt=8.
Since 2007, the Do Something Awards have continued their mission of inspiring, supporting and celebrating a generation of doers. In 2011, the Do Something Awards aired on VH1 and were hosted by the amazing Jane Lynch (GLEE) for the second year in a row. Celeb presenters and honorees included Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham, Olivia Wilde, and Will Ferrell. Musical performances were by Demi Lovato, One Republic featuring B.o.B. and Foster the People. For more information, visit: http://www.dosomething.org/awards/2012-finalists.
The 2012 Do Something Awards is presented by L’Oréal Paris, State Farm®, jcpenney, MIKE AND IKE® candy and Office Depot.
This year’s show is executive produced by Michael Dempsey for Dempsey Productions and Lee Rolontz for VH1. Nancy Lublin and Naomi Hirabayashi oversee the awards show for DoSomething.org.
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn’t require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
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