Rita Ora was excited as she made her way to Wembley Arena earlier today to present the BBC Teen Awards at a star-studded event this Sunday afternoon. She has tweeted her twitter followers “It’s all happening wembley! I can’t wait to see all of you!!” as she travelled to the red carpet reception. Rita will be co-hosting with the Radio One Breakfast show DJ Nick Grimshaw. Many other well known faces will be there to help them in the elaborate and spectacular 3 hour ceremony.
The Teen Awards have grown into an incredibly glamorous and glitzy occasion, with many top celebrities in attendance. Performers at today’s gala will include James Arthur, the recent winner of the Mercury Prize, Jessie J, Fall Out Boy, Rizzle Kicks, Icona Pop and Tinie Tempeh. They are joined in the VIP area by many other stars from the world of entertainment like Conor Maynard, Pixie Lott and Taylor Swift, as well of stars of reality TV shows like Geordie Shores. The girl band Little Mix were nervous about the occasion with Leigh-Anne Pinnock tweeting “Just about to do the Teen Awards red carpet! I have butterflies! X Leigh.”
The BBC Teen Awards were established to recognise and reward remarkable teenagers who have defied the usual stereotypes of teens as surly, rude and selfish by showing that they are capable of extraordinary humanity and compassion. They may have acted with bravery in a dangerous situation, shown enormous courage or inspired and helped others. There are several categories in which exceptional young people are brought to public attention for their deeds. With the media spotlight now firmly focused on the Wembley Arena it is a guarantee that the selfless and kind hearted teens are finally shown for the great kids they truly are. One thing all award winners can also be sure of is an incredible ear-bashing. The Teen Awards, understandably, are attended in hoards by teenager fans and they hold no bars when it comes to screaming.
Just a few days ago a brave boy from Oval in London got the shock of his life when his school assembly was interrupted by none other than Tinie Tempah. The rapper, dressed in a casual hoody, strolled onto the school stage to the stunned astonishment of all the pupils, and announced that Jeremiah Emmanuel, 14, would be the recipient of this year’s Teen Hero Award. The students at the Archbishop Tenison school were all as gobsmacked as Jeremiah to see this global superstar appear in real life in their school hall. Tinie officially invited Jeremiah to attend today’s ceremony and receive his award, this giving him a day or two to come to terms with the surprise.
Jeremiah was nominated by his contemporaries for setting up a community group One Big Community, where young people in the area work together to combat violence. He established the group after his close friend was stabbed and died. It was the eighth person he knew personally who had died a violent death. He said “I had had enough of young people losing their lives.”
Tinie spoke of how he could relate to Jeremiah’s situation in life. He too had grown up in similar surroundings, and was exposed to all the distractions of temptations out there. He told Jeremiah he was in inspiration for having the courage to “stand up and represent something” instead of staying safe as “it’s a lot easier to conform.
Greg James, a judge of the Awards and a Radio 1 DJ echoed Tinie’s sentiments when he explained why Jeremiah had been picked out for the top award,”His story was just so inspirational and brave.” He added “his story deserves plaudits and coverage and will hopefully inspire people.
Rita Ora will be giving Jeremiah his BBC award in front of massive crowds at Wembley today. She has said that she is petrified, as she has never done presenting before, although she is no stranger to sell-out arenas as a performer. She has a few different costume changes organised, but is most worried that her greatest critic, her Mom, will be in the audience.
Professor Green was another celebrity who dropped in unexpectedly on a young person to prepare them that they had won an award. Khloe, 17, had struggled with mental health issues for 4 of her young years. Badly bullied at school, she ended up in a psychiatric hospital and made many attempts at suicide. With phenomenal understanding and compassion, she saw a man about to jump off a bridge on day and spent 2 hours persuading him to come down. By sharing her own experiences, and showing her cars, she managed to save him. Khloe now works as a volunteer at an infant school. Russell Brand recorded a special message for Khloe to be broadcast live in front of the 9,000 strong crowd. He says “It’s brilliant what you have done. You should be proud of yourself.” He admitted he was no stranger to mental health issue himself. Khloe also got a message from Will.i.AM and an invitation down to The Voice
The final winner in the Teen Hero category this year is Alexander, who has Hypermobility Syndrome. Despite this causing him constant and agonizing pain, he has been the carer for his mum ever since he was a 5 year old. Not only this, he is a fundraiser for the Poppy Appeal and has helped raise £22,000 for the fallen soldiers charity. Alexander is not able to attend owing to ill health. His Mom recorded a moving tribute to the fine and deserving son who looks after her so well, and said it was his turn to shine.
Other awards are given out, including for Best TV Show, which is won by Doctor Who, celebrating its 50th year, and Best Band, which goes to One Direction. They sent a video message from their current tour location in Japan.
The BBC Teen Awards can be watched streamed on the BBC iplayer. The hosts of celebrities on stage are encouraged to play silly games and take part in fun pranks and forfeits as the major event unfolds.
Rita Ora , by hosting the BBC Teen Awards today will be giving these richly deserving Teen Heroes the most exciting day of their entire lives.
By Kate Henderson