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What Is Global Citizen Prize?

This year, more than ever, the world needs leaders — people who go above and beyond to make the world a better place; people who are focused on supporting the most vulnerable communities; people who inspire you to stand up and take action.

The Global Citizen Prize honors recipients who are making extraordinary efforts for the world’s most vulnerable. This broadcast and digitally streamed show will also feature inspirational stories and unforgettable performances that will bring together influencers, artists, activists, and global leaders to remind everyone that there are many reasons to be hopeful as we enter into 2021.

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The Prizes

2020 Global Citizen Artist of the Year Winner - Elton John

Global Citizen Artist of the Year

2020 Winner: Sir Elton John

This award celebrates a creative individual or group who use their platform to create change, not just through conversation but through meaningful impact. 

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Businesss Leader of the Year Award

Global Citizen Prize for Business Leader

2020 Winner: Temie Giwa-Tubosun

This honors an individual in the business community who has combined business goals with positive human impact. 

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Global Citizen Cisco Youth Leadership Award

Cisco Youth Leadership Award

2020 Winner: Christelle Kwizera

The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award was established by Cisco and Global Citizen to recognize and lift up a young person positively impacting the world, demonstrate the impact that young people are having on achieving the United Nation's Global Goals, and accelerate global problem solving.

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Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner 2020

Global Citizen of the Year

2020 Winner: Bryan Stevenson

This award celebrates an individual who has proven exceptional and sustained impact toward the end of extreme poverty and its systemic causes. 

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World Leader of the Year Award Winner 2019 - Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina J. Mohammed

Global Citizen Prize for World Leader

2020 Winner: Ursula von der Leyen

This award honors a political figure who advocates for and has implemented policy changes that have improved the lives of those living in poverty.

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Hero Award

Country Hero Award

Every person can be a leader who takes action for the world we want. The Country Hero Award category celebrates individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to achieving the Global Goals and championing the most vulnerable. The award will be presented in Canada, UK, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, and Mexico.

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CGlobal Citizen Prizes for Philanthropy, Activism, and Culture & Education

Global Citizen Prizes for Philanthropy, Activism, and Culture & Education

The time for philanthropy to do more — and give more — is right now, and no one is setting a better example for the world’s wealthiest than our 2020 Global Citizen Prize for Philanthropy award winner, Warren Buffett.

Our 2020 Global Citizen Prize for Activism award winner, The Black Lives Matter movement – represented by Co-Founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi  – is recognized for powerful impact that it has had on combating anti-Black racism.

The 2020 Global Citizen Prize for Culture & Education award honors Sesame Workshop’s storied history of activism and dedication to bringing early childhood education to children in over 150 countries.

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Countdown to the Prize

Hosted by Scott Evans

The Countdown to the Prize digital pre-show, hosted by Access Hollywood’s Scott Evans, will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, special packages on the Prize winners, and a virtual red carpet, streaming at 7:30 P.M. ET on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Stand Up


For centuries, music has acted as an agent for change, bringing people together around the world. 

Now, in conjunction with Global Citizen Prize, Global Citizen is proud to partner with Parlophone Records and Raphael Saadiq on an album that aims to restore hope, inspire, and celebrate the heroism of the leaders among us who are fighting for a better world. 

Stand Up will feature iconic cover songs reimagined by some of the most beloved artists of today. 

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We want to hear from Global Citizens all around the world about who's your 2020 Hero. In a tremendously difficult year, there are so many remarkable people out there, stepping up for their families, their communities, and the world at large, who deserve a special thank you. So share your 2020 Hero with us, and help uplift our community with stories of the leadership, care, and compassion that binds all Global Citizens.

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