DoSomething.org and VH1 today announced that this year’s Do Something Awards (#DSAwards) will be hosted by actress Sophia Bush along with celebrity presenters Malin Akerman, Lucy Hale, Cynthia Nixon, Russell Simmons and Aisha Tyler. This year’s high-energy show will honor celebrities Patrick Dempsey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Hudson, LL COOL J and Kelly Osbourne for being amazing social change leaders, along with five “do-gooders,” 25 and under, who are in the trenches, creating substantial change in our world.
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 and the four other nominees will receive a $10,000 community grant. VH1’s own Jason Dundas returns to help highlight the great work of these amazing Do Something nominees. 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. Nominees include Sasha Fisher (Spark MicroGrants); Daniel Maree (Million Hoodies Movement for Justice); Jillian Mourning (All We Want is LOVE – Liberation of Victims Everywhere); Lorella Praeli (United We Dream); and Ben Simon (Food Recovery Network).
For the first time ever, users can vote for their favorite Do Something Awards nominees via SMS pre-show and LIVE in-show.
• To vote for Sasha text “SASHA” to 38383
• To vote for Daniel text “DAN” to 38383
• To vote for Jillian text “JILLIAN” to 38383
• To vote for Lorella text “LORELLA” to 38383
• To vote for Ben text “BEN” to 38383
“Sophia Bush as host of the 2013 Do Something Awards brings a fun, energetic vibe to an already high-energy show.” said Nancy Lublin, CEO and Chief Old Person of DoSomething.org. “And now, for the first time ever, you will be able to help your favorite nominee win the 100k grand prize by casting your vote via SMS!”
“I’m thrilled to produce VH1’s fourth consecutive ‘Do Something Awards’ honoring such outstanding young people and celebrities working for social change. I’m also happy to have Jason Dundas back to help share the stories of the exceptional Do Something nominees. We’ve changed the format of the show slightly and we can’t wait to see how our viewers will be inspired again this year.” said Lee Rolontz, VH1’s Executive Vice President of Music Production.
DoSomething.VH1.com will offer a live stream from the red carpet and backstage, hosted by Logan Browning from VH1’s Hit The Floor starting at 6:30pm ET. Fans can check out all of the action on their desktop, tablet and mobile devices.
Official sponsors of the “2013 Do Something Awards” include Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., jcpenney, L’Oréal Paris, Post-it® Brand, State Farm® and Wells Fargo.
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.
For more information about the show, visit DoSomething.VH1.com, “Like” VH1 on Facebook and follow @VH1 on Twitter and use the hashtag #DSAwards to talk about the show.