Pop star and anti-bullying activist Lady Gaga will be honoring Emily-Anne Rigal, the 17-year-old founder of WeStopHate, a non-profit program raising “teen-esteem” through online videos and social media, with a Nickelodeon HALO award. Emily-Anne started the anti-bullying website and YouTube channel WeStopHate after she was forced to switch schools because she was bullied about her weight. Emily-Anne is also a teen blogger for HuffPost High School and recently shared with us her own story about being bullied and choosing to speak out against bullying.
According to Business Week, Gaga said Rigal has "strong convictions and a beautiful soul" and she took interest in her work because she feels passionate about anti-bullying efforts.
For the Teen Nick HALO ("helping and leading others") Awards, Taylor Swift, David Beckham and Jessica Biel will also be choosing and honoring teenagers who are making a difference. Nick Cannon will host the Nickelodeon special on Nov. 6.