The 7th annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards aired Nov. 29. HALO stands for Helping And Leading Others. A halo also reminds us of angels, and the teen recipients of a HALO Award are given the honor for taking on an angelic enterprise. Every year, four ambitious teens are selected to win a HALO Award for doing things that aid others in a big way. One started a foundation to feed the hungry. Another started an organization that provides sewing machines to Indian families, allowing them to make an income. The winners have all done above and beyond what the average person would do to help others.
Of course, holding an awards ceremony to honor teens who are unknown to most of us needs a little something extra to get viewers. There were plenty of celebrity performers livening things up. Flo Rida was the opening act, other music artists were interspersed throughout the one hour show, and then Fifth Harmony brought the show to a close.
What turned out to be the best moment of the show was the appearance of Justin Bieber. He took home the first HALO Hall of Fame Award for his own good works and dedication to helping kids. But his acceptance speech was a somber one. He asked for quiet and host Nick Cannon helped him quiet down the happy, excited kids. Bieber then asked for a moment of silence because of all the turmoil going on in the world. He didn’t specifically say what he was referring to, but the threat of terrorism and the attacks on Paris this month could certainly be on his mind. Rather than clap for him, he asked that the kids clap for themselves and their own accomplishments in helping others.
In what was mostly a happy event, Bieber’s speech was a standout moment to remind the kids what helping and leading others is really about. It’s a serious issue, and it’s not all fun and games. Everyone can make a difference, but you have to stop and think of others first.