Musician and actor Nick Jonas is no stranger to award shows, and especially the Radio Disney Music Awards. Although the annual awards show has been around since 2001, it only became televised and popular in 2014. Nick missed out on the proceedings in the first year, but his work really started to get recognised by Radio Disney the following year when he broke out as a solo artist after the split of his former band, the Jonas Brothers. And since then, there has been no stopping him.
In the last couple of years, Nick has racked up an impressive collection of nominations, awards, and performances on the show but we’re going to bet that none of them will measure up to the honour which he has just been given. As well as his nominations for He’s The One: Best Male Artist, Stuck In Our Heads: Best Song To Lip Sync To, and I’m With The Band: Favourite Tour which will be announced on the night of the show (you can vote for him here), Nick has been chosen by Radio Disney to receive this year’s special Hero Award.
Every year at the Radio Disney Music Awards, the Hero Award is presented to a celebrity for their outstanding contribution and dedication to charities and non-profit organisations all around the world. Previous winners of this award include Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani.
But now, it is Nick Jonas’ turn to receive the incredible honour. He will receive the award as a result of his numerous years working towards finding a cure and raising awareness of Type 1 Diabetes. Nick himself suffers from the disease so it is very close to his heart and he has definitely used his celebrity status for good. After being diagnosed when he was just thirteen, Nick has worked with the Change for the Children Foundation, delivered speeches and public service announcements about the disease all around the world, partnered up with Bayer Diabetes Care to become an ambassador for the cause, testified in the U.S. Senate to promote more funding for Diabetes research, volunteered with the Do Something organisation, starred in numerous Dexcom adverts, and more recently he co-founded his own organisation called Beyond Type 1.
The Hero Award will be presented to Nick by his, “Jumanji,” co-star and friend Jack Black during the live awards show which will take place on 29th April at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, and this news was confirmed by Radio Disney last week… We couldn’t think of anyone better to honour Nick with this award than Jack and we are already trying to mentally prepare ourselves for a lot of proud crying when they both take to the stage on the night.
Make sure you catch this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards when their air on television the following day, on the Disney Channel on 30th April at 7pm ET.
And if you are reading this Nick Jonas, you have always been our hero!
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