International advocacy organization Global Citizen this week honoured the winners of the 2020 Global Citizen Prize for their efforts in shaping the world and working to help end extreme poverty.
The all-star event was hosted by John Legend and featured presenters John Oliver, Katie Couric, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Scott Evans, and Usher.
The awards also featured musical performances from Alessia Cara, Carrie Underwood, Common, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, JoJo, and Tori Kelly.
The Global Citizen Prize: Country Hero Award, which celebrates individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving the Global Goals and championing the most vulnerable, went to Burnet Institute Director and CEO Professor Brendan Crabb AC for Australia.
The Burnet Institute combines medical research with public health action to address major health issues for disadvantaged communities in Australia and internationally.
Sir Elton John was awarded the Global Citizen Artist of the Year Prize, which honours a creative individual or group using their platform to create change through not only conversation but also meaningful impact.
The performer tirelessly works to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic through the Elton John AIDS Foundation and has recently been a leader in raising vital funds for the global COVID-19 response.
“I didn’t really do enough as a gay man – I should have been there with ACT UP, I should have marched, I should have been much more political than I was,” said John, accepting the award.
“So many of my friends died, so many of my friends still have HIV/AIDS, and when I got sober in 1990, I realized I wanted to make a difference, not just for gay people but for everybody… Our motto is nobody gets left behind.
“I’m so grateful people know about the Elton John AIDS Foundation and consider it a wonderful organization, but it reminds me of all the work left to do.”
Also awarded honours for their work were Bryan Stevenson, LifeBank Global CEO Temie Giwa-Tubosun, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Warren Buffett, Sesame Workshop, and the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.