Hosted by Will Smith, last night's annual Kids' Choice Awards was full of the usual antics. There was lots of green slime (Justin Bieber, Twilight star Taylor Lautner, Halle Berry, and Glee's Chris Colfer were among those who got slimed). There were performances by Katy Perry and British boy band One Direction. But the evening wasn't all fun and games and green slime.
One of the night's best moments came when First Lady Michelle Obama presented 22-year-old singer Taylor Swift with the Big Help award for her charity work.
When Obama (who received the same award in 2010 for her Let's Move campaign) presented the award, she said of Swift:
Every step of the way she has always made it a point to give back. She’s supported childrens’ charities, she’s worked to combat bullying and given away books to schools and libraries all around the country. She’s given so much of her own money to victims of natural disasters here and around the world.
On accepting, Swift said she was "freaking out" to have receive the award from the First Lady.
I'm so honored. I have always wanted to meet you; this is amazing. I am so honored to be receiving this award from the first lady of the United States. I am freaking out. I'm really proud of all of you guys. I see you helping each other out. I think it's important you know you are making a difference in this world.
At just 22, Swift is certainly deserving of the award, she's done charity work with U.S. tornado and flood survivors and various youth-related charities. She's donated money to UNICEF, the Red Cross, Children in Need, and various other causes. She even donated her prom dress to raise money for charity. And you can just tell she's a nice person, the real deal. Last month, a teen boy battling cancer asked her to his prom and while she declined, Swift did invite him to be her date at the ACM awards.Talk about making a difference in the lives of individual people around you! That's something most celebrities would never even consider doing.
Congratulations Taylor and keep up the good work!
Did you see the awards last night? Are you a Taylor Swift fan?
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