Why Global Citizens Should Care 
This year has been one of the most challenging ever seen by current generations, with the global community facing the COVID-19 pandemic, reckonings on race, discrimination, and equality, and more. It’s never been more essential to celebrate and honour those activists and leaders who are standing up with compassion and strength, working to achieve the UN’s Global Goals and make the world a better, more fair and just place for everyone. Join the movement by taking action here to help uplift the most vulnerable and end extreme poverty. 

The clue is in the name: Global Citizen Prize is all about celebrating a world at its best when it works together, and the people making that positive change happen.

All the leaders and activists who are being honoured span the globe. However, there’s still an awful lot in the recent history of the awards — from Stormzy to award-winning filmmaker Richard Curtis — that gives the ceremony a distinctively British flavour.

Global Citizen Prize 2020 will broadcast and stream around the world from Dec. 19 — and you can find full global listings information here, or read on if you'll be watching from the UK. The award ceremony will honour awe-inspiring activists and leaders who have kept us feeling hopeful in a year that has presented severe challenges for so many.

It will also feature performances from Alessia Cara, Carrie Underwood, Common, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, JoJo, and Tori Kelly, with some very special appearances from John Oliver, Nick Jonas, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.  

You can watch the whole show in the UK on Sky One at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21. There will also be a European digital premiere on Global Citizen UK's Facebook from 6 p.m. GMT on Dec. 20.

The COVID-19 pandemic means Global Citizen Prize is going socially-distant — with our host John Legend filmed in a studio, and award-winners and musical performers filmed outdoors and on location. 

But last year, when Global Citizen Prize was hosted in London, we filled the iconic Royal Albert Hall with Global Citizens, activists, leaders, musicians, artists, and more — for a beautiful night of celebration and recognition. 

It was a show filled with British feels: Stormzy, Sting, Jorja Smith, and Coldplay's Chris Martin all performed, while Leona Lewis, Emma Bunton, and Himesh Patel also made appearances. Even Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and winner of the Global Citizen Prize for World Leader 2019, was born in Liverpool.

Why are we telling you all this? Because it’s been a tough year for everyone, for those of us in Britain and for those of us all around the world.

But as the curtains close on 2020, we can see a light on the horizon. The first people in the world were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Tuesday, in Coventry — and there’s a feeling that positive change is coming.

So if you fancy some good vibes and feel-good energy, to remind us all that together we can come out of this year stronger, join us for Global Citizen Prize, airing on Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. GMT on Sky One.

You can also join us for the Europe digital premiere on our UK Facebook page here from 6 p.m. GMT on Dec. 20. We’ll also be following along online with our UK Twitter account. And if you fancy watching it on Global Citizen’s YouTube, you can watch the whole show from 4.30 a.m. GMT on Dec. 20 too.

If you’re tuning in from outside the UK, head here for more information on how you can watch.


Join Global Citizen on December 19, 2020, to celebrate the leaders among us who have stepped up against a backdrop of unprecedented global challenges to take action for the world we want — a world that is fair, just, and equal.

The broadcast and digitally streamed award ceremony will also feature inspirational stories of human strength and unforgettable performances that will bring together artists, activists, and global leaders to remind each of us that, together, we will come out of this year stronger. Find out more about the Global Citizen Prize here.

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How You Can Watch Global Citizen Prize 2020 in the UK

By James Hitchings-Hales