Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly, WALK THE MOON and More Join Nick Cannon for 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, Concert Special Honoring Young Community Leaders, Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 P.M. (ET/PT)

Bieber will Receive Inaugural HALO Hall of Fame Award for His
Philanthropic Work with Make-A-Wish
® and
Pencils of Promise

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a concert event honoring young community leaders from across the
country, the 2015
Nickelodeon HALO
will feature a special appearance
by pop icon Justin Bieber, and one-of-a-kind performances by Fifth
Harmony, DNCE with lead singer Joe Jonas, Flo Rida, Tori Kelly and WALK
THE MOON. The music superstars will join host, creator and executive
producer Nick Cannon, along with stars of Nickelodeon’s hit shows, to
celebrate four teens who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) in
their communities. The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, held
at New York’s Pier 36, will be simulcast Sunday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
(ET/PT), across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, CMT, Nick.com
and the Nick App.

“There’s no better way to begin the holiday season than by celebrating
the amazing work of these four teens and our first HALO Hall of Fame
recipient Justin Bieber at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards,” said
Cannon. “Justin’s commitment to granting wishes for kids is
unparalleled, and his ability to inspire and lead others through his
positive actions is at the core of what HALO is all about.”

Bieber will be presented with the first-ever HALO Hall of Fame Award, an
honor given to a celebrity who helps and leads others by making the
world a better place, in recognition of his outstanding charitable work
with Make-A-Wish® and Pencils of Promise. Bieber’s
involvement with Make-A-Wish–the global organization which grants
wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions–has been
longstanding. Since 2009, he has granted a wish at nearly every tour
stop where he visits with wish kids and their families, takes
photographs and signs autographs before they attend his concert. Over
the last six years, he has granted more than 250 wishes for his fans. In
addition, Bieber is a big supporter of Pencils of Promise, which works
to build schools and increase educational opportunities in the
developing world.

After a guest appearance at the 2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards,
platinum-selling girl group Fifth Harmony returns this year with their
sing-along pop anthem “Worth It.” DNCE will perform the disco and funk
fueled “Cake by the Ocean,” while multi-platinum recording artist Flo
Rida is set to take the stage with a medley of his greatest hits and his
new track “My House.” Rising star Tori Kelly will sing her latest hit
single “Should’ve Been Us,” and WALK THE MOON will perform the
chart-topping smash “Shut Up and Dance” along with “Different Colors.”

This year’s four Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are:

  • Ethan Cruikshank, 16, Mechanicsville, Va.  A
    guitar player since the age of seven, Ethan Cruikshank was inspired to
    start Music to My Ears after his school cut music education funding.
    Since then, Cruikshank’s music program has helped over 100 kids across
    four states by providing free music lessons through volunteer teachers
    and distributing instruments to those who can’t afford them.
  • Riley Gantt, 15, Sherman Oaks, Calif. – Riley Gantt’s
    organization Rainbow Pack was born out of her desire to provide kids
    with the supplies they need to do their homework and be successful
    learners, regardless of their economic circumstances. With funds
    raised through fundraising, grants, social media and school supply
    drives, she has successfully donated over 9000 backpacks filled with
    school supplies to kids in the Los Angeles area.
  • Joshua Williams, 14, Miami Beach, Fla. – Joshua
    Williams’ commitment to eradicate hunger started with a roadside
    donation to a starving man when he was four and a half years
    old. Through William’s organization, Joshua’s Heart Foundation, he
    designed a food distribution system in local churches, schools and
    community centers, and continues to raise awareness of hunger and
    poverty at speaking engagements. He has distributed over 1.1 million
    pounds of food in South Florida, Jamaica and Africa to date, and
    helped feed over 50,000 people nationwide.
  • Ruchita Zaparde, 18, Plainsboro, N.J.  After
    a family trip to India exposed Ruchita Zaparde to the plight of widows
    and the difficulties they faced, she started Sew A Future to help
    those women achieve financial stability by becoming seamstresses.
    Zaparde identifies widows in need in India, delivers sewing machines
    and supplies, and connects the kids who are fundraising in the U.S. to
    the recipients. Over 200 families have been raised out of poverty with
    the gift of a sewing machine, thanks to the fundraising efforts of
    over 1400 students in 30 states.

2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards will also feature appearances by
stars from Nick’s hit series Bella
and the Bulldogs
(Brec Bassinger, Coy Stewart), Instant
(Sydney Park), 100
Things to Do Before High School
(Isabela Moner), Every
Witch Way
(Rahart Adams) and Make
It Pop
(Megan Lee, Erika Tham, Louriza Tronco, Dale Whibley).
The Nickelodeon stars will be put to the test in a series of in-show
physical challenges that will help raise money for the organizations of
the HALO Award honorees.

Beginning today, Nick.com/halo15 and
the Nick App will be the official digital destinations for all things
HALO. Kids can learn about the HALO Awards,
watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and this year’s performers, flip
through photo galleries featuring their favorite musical acts, find out
which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event and
score exclusive sneak peeks before the big show. On Nov. 29, kids will
be able to watch the concert unfold through a live photo stream and

Now in its seventh year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an
annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing
extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading
Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their
organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is
given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with
celebrities that share their same passion for service.

Presenting sponsors of the 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Denny’s, Spin
Master and truth®. Each of this year’s sponsors will be raising
awareness for their respective causes– Denny’s Hungry
for Education
program, Spin Master’s The
Toy Movement
and the truth
campaign–through interactive elements that will be integrated into the
awards show.

The 2015 Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Nickelodeon
Productions. Nick Cannon, Elizabeth Kelly, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly
Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.

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Maggie Wang, 212-846-6381
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