MTV just announced the launch of a new award, to be presented next month as part of the festivities surrounding the MTV EMA Awards. The first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” is aimed at honoring “fearless, original young people who are changing the world,” MTV said.
The award will be presented Nov. 4 during the red carpet pre-show ahead of the live telecast of the “2018 MTV EMA” awards from Bilbao, Spain.
The network also released the names of the five nominees, all age 26 or younger. The nominees are “five changemakers from around the globe who are tackling issues including the environment, ending child marriage, LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, children’s rights and education,” MTV said.
Here are the nominees, along with MTV’s brief blurbs on each one:
Sonita Alizadeh — 21 years old, Afghanistan
Sonita uses her rap lyrics and powerful voice to help end child marriage, support girls’ rights to choose their destiny and inspire people everywhere to dream bigger dreams.
Mohamad Aljounde — 17 years old, Lebanon
An advocate for child rights, Mohamad built a school in a refugee camp in Lebanon to give children access to an education, all while using the power of storytelling to shine a light on their realities in the wake of an ongoing war.
Ellen Jones — 20 years old, UK
An activist and content creator who focuses on LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, disability rights and feminist issues, using digital media to effect change.
Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez — 18 years old, USA
A climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement.
Hauwa Ojeifo — 26 years old, Nigeria — #MTVEMA #GenerationSafe
A bold changemaker who founded a movement of love, hope and support to give mental health a voice in Nigeria.
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