When fans line the red carpet at an exclusive VHI awards show in August, they won’t be buzzing about the nominees’ leading roles or steamy on-set kisses. They’ll be talking about the ways in which these star do-gooders are making a difference in the world.

Do Something, the nonprofit that encourages young people to help out in their communities, will dole out a number of honors at its annual awards show with VH1 next month. The organization recently named the charitable celebs, and non-household name volunteers who will vie to take home trophies from 16 competitive categories.

LeBron James, who could win most generous athlete and Scarlett Johansson, who’s up for most benevolent female actress, are among the A-listers nominated for awards. Five non-celebrities, who are 25 and younger and have started organizations for underserved communities, will compete for the eponymous “Do Something Award,” an esteemed honor that comes with a whopping $100,000 grant to put towards his or her cause.

Learn about 10 celebrities whose good work has earned them a spot at the show in the slideshow below, then cast your vote for your favorite nominees here.


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  • Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Category: Couple

    Hot couple Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are partners in everything, including raising awareness and funds for noteworthy causes. <a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/2918-channing-tatum" target="_hplink">According to Look to the Stars, </a> the Tatums are involved with <a href="http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/" target="_hplink">Dizzy Feet Foundation</a>, <a href="http://keepachildalive.org/" target="_hplink">Keep A Child Alive</a> and <a href="http://www.rainforestfoundation.org/" target="_hplink">The Rainforest Foundation. </a>

  • Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Category: Couple

    Sure, we wish Justin Bieber would sing "Boyfriend" to us. But knowing that his significant other is just as charitable as he is makes it a <em>little</em> easier to accept. This giving couple splits their time between a number of causes. Bieber is involved with <a href="http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/" target="_hplink">Children's Miracle Network Hospitals</a>, <a href="http://www.cityofhope.org/Pages/default.aspx" target="_hplink">City of Hope</a> and <a href="http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/tag/justin-bieber" target="_hplink">Pencils of Promise</a>. Gomez commits her time to <a href="http://www.adaymadebetter.com/" target="_hplink">A Day Made Better</a> and <a href="http://www.unicef.org/" target="_hplink">UNICEF</a>

  • Kristen Bell, Category: Twitter

    A vocal advocate for </a> <a href="http://www.peta.org/" target="_hplink">PETA</a>, <a href="http://www.dosomething.org/" target="_hplink">DoSomething.org</a>, Kristen Bell uses <a href="https://twitter.com/IMKristenBell/" target="_hplink">Twitter </a>as one means of inspiring her 700,000-plus followers to get involved in charitable work. On her birthday, the "House of Lies" star even <a href="https://twitter.com/IMKristenBell/" target="_hplink">asked her followers</a> to fulfill her wish of <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/savepaulnelson?c=home" target="_hplink">donating money to a 25-year-old battling leukemia. </a>

  • Ben Affleck, Category: Facebook

    When the historic Congo election came with ballot stuffing, intimidation and a lack of support for women and illiterate voters, Ben Affleck traveled there in December to investigate. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-affleck/averting-disaster-in-the-congo_b_1135572.html" target="_hplink">This HuffPost blogger returned with a three-part series, co-written with Cindy McCain</a>, about the injustices people in the region face. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/25/ben-affleck-joins-faceboo_n_1297895.html" target="_hplink">The megastar then joined Facebook in February</a>, not to promote his career, but to teach others about philanthropy and his activism work.

  • Taylor Swift, Category: Facebook

    When Taylor Swift found out that a teen battling cancer had set up a Facebook page for the sole purpose of asking the country music star to prom, the benevolent singer answered the call with something even better. She <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/25/kevin-mcguire-teen-cancer-patient-taylor-swift-academy-country-music-awards_n_1301082.html" target="_hplink"> invited Kevin McGuire to the Academy Country Music Awards</a>. This giving star also devotes her time and charitable dollars to a number of noteworthy organizations, including<a href="http://www.habitat.org/" target="_hplink"> Habitat for Humanity</a> and <a href="http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/" target="_hplink">Save the Music Foundation. </a>

  • Anne Hathaway, Category: Movie Star: Female

    By getting involved in numerous charities, including the <a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/" target="_hplink">It Gets Better Project</a>, <a href="http://www.alz.org/" target="_hplink">Alzheimer's Association</a> and <a href="http://www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=f87d4c2a71fca210VgnVCM1000001e0215acRCRD" target="_hplink">St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,</a> Anne Hathaway has been able to bring help and awareness to a range of populations in need, according to <a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/123-anne-hathaway#ixzz20niYKTDE" target="_hplink">Look to the stars</a>.

  • Scarlett Johansson, Category: Movie Star: Female

    As an Oxfam ambassador, Scarlett Johansson visited East Africa to see firsthand how the people there were suffering from hunger and drought and chronicled her experience through a<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scarlett-johansson/food-crisis-in-east-africa_b_979003.html" target="_hplink"> series of exclusive HuffPost blogs</a>, which helped educate and galvanize others to get involved in the cause.

  • Ellen DeGeneres, Portia di Rossi, Category: Couple

    This power couple continues to use their fame to raise awareness and funds for causes that are dearest to them. According to <a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/61-ellen-degeneres" target="_hplink">Look to the Stars,</a> Ellen DeGeneres is involved with the <a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/" target="_hplink">It Gets Better Project</a>, <a href="http://ww5.komen.org/" target="_hplink">Susan G. Komen for the Cure</a> and the <a href="http://www.one.org/us/" target="_hplink">ONE Campaign</a>. Portia di Rossi commits her time and charitable dollars to <a href="http://www.locksoflove.org/" target="_hplink">Locks Of Love</a>, <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/" target="_hplink">The Humane Society</a> and <a href="http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/" target="_hplink">Save the Music Foundation </a>.

  • Adam Lambert, Category: Music Artist

    Adam Lambert has broken album-sales records and personal charity goals. This singer is devoted to a number of charities, including <a href="DonorsChoose.org" target="_hplink">DonorsChoose.org</a> and the <a href="http://www.itgetsbetter.org/" target="_hplink">It Gets Better Project</a>, according to <a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1890-adam-lambert#ixzz20o6S2ssw" target="_hplink">Look to the Stars</a>. And <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/04/adam-lambert-charity-water_n_819017.html" target="_hplink"> he devoted his birthday last year</a> to raising $260,000 for <a href="http://www.charitywater.org/" target="_hplink">charity:water. </a>

  • Tim Tebow, Category: Athlete

    When Tim Tebow isn't scoring touchdowns on the field, he's scoring points with children in need through the <a href="http://www.timtebowfoundation.org/" target="_hplink">Tim Tebow Foundation</a>. This polarizing quarterback makes dreams come true for kids battling illnesses and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/tim-tebow-presli-collins-date_n_1306379.html" target="_hplink">he even took a 10-year-old girl who suffers from a rare tumor condition</a> on her first date ever!

  • Matt Damon, Category: Facebook

    To impart how important it is to advocate for countries that don't have clean water, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/09/matt-damon-teaches-kids-a_n_1138760.html" target="_hplink">Matt Damon dressed up as Santa Claus for Christmas</a> and told the children perched on his lap about Water.org, a charity he co-founded that brings potable water to developing countries. This A-list actor now also uses Facebook to teach fans about his cause and the life-changing works he's doing for communities in need.