Superstar Nick Cannon to host and emcee the 2018 Wish Gala & Grammy Nominated Multi-Platinum Group OneRepublic To Perform
Los Angeles, CA – October 15, 2018 – Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles will honor Nickelodeon at its 2018 Wish Gala. Actor, content creator and host of Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Liza Koshy will present the award to Executive Vice President of Talent, Music and Events, Shelly Sumpter Gillyard who will accept the award on Nickelodeon’s behalf. Superstar Nick Cannon will also be the host and emcee throughout the evening’s festivities while Grammy nominated multi-platinum recording artists OneRepublic will perform. The nonprofit, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses, has granted nearly 10,000 wishes for children in Los Angeles County since its inception in 1983. This year marks Make-A-Wish Greater LA’s 35th anniversary year.
Nickelodeon will accept the Power of a Wish Award for granting hundreds of wishes for children with critical illnesses through its many shows, studios, characters and talented stars. Now in its 39th year, Nickelodeon is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. Nickelodeon is being honored by Make-A-Wish for its deep commitment to granting unique, heartfelt and magical wishes for children with critical illnesses. Wishes have included attending The Kids Choice Awards, meeting SpongeBob SquarePants, visiting the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, drawing with Nickelodeon animators and meeting the cast of Drake & Josh, among many more.
Multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, who has been a longtime wish granter, will host the evening’s event. Cannon has entertained audiences across film, television, music, onstage and online for nearly 20 years. Cannon debuted on television as a series regular and writer on Nickelodeon’s long-running hit series All That, which made him the youngest staff writer in television history. Always at the cutting edge of entertainment, he leads a highly successful multi-media company NCredible Entertainment. Under this banner, he produces numerous TV and film projects, including Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop, and React To That. Most recently, Cannon’s affiliation with the kids brand extended to include hosting duties on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike’s Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle, as well as Drop that Seat, a new short from digital series and TeenNick’s Fresh Artist. Cannon is also known as a passionate philanthropist who dedicates his time, resources and voice to giving back to those in need. He has granted wishes on the set of All That as well as America’s Got Talent.
In 2007, OneRepublic, founded by lead singer Ryan Tedder and lead guitarist Zach Filkins, released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud. Its lead single "Apologize" was notably remixed by Timbaland, becoming a huge international success, reaching number one in sixteen countries, and subsequently earning the group a Grammy Award nomination. Their second single, "Stop and Stare" mirrored its predecessor's success. The album was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band's second album, Waking Up (2009), produced the successful singles, "All the Right Moves", "Secrets", "Marchin On", and "Good Life", the latter reaching the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100. OneRepublic's third album, Native, released in 2013, became the band's first top ten album on the Billboard 200, and highest charting album to date, landing at number four. The lead single, "If I Lose Myself" charted within the top ten in several countries, while single, "Counting Stars", became an instant success, obtaining top five placements in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.S. and the UK, and peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, matching their highest peak of "Apologize" in 2007. OneRepublic’s highly anticipated fourth album “Oh My My” released on October 7, 2016 and debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 – the band’s highest charting debut yet. Ryan Tedder calls it their “ultimate playlist,” including singles “Wherever I Go,” “Kids” and “Let’s Hurt Tonight.” OneRepublic is now in the studio working on their next album.
The 2018 Wish Gala will be held on Wednesday, October 24th at the Beverly Hilton with the cocktail reception beginning at 6pm followed by dinner, awards and entertainment at 7pm. Nickelodeon joins past honorees including Robert Downey Jr., Scooter Braun, Kobe Bryant and the LA Kings in being honored for their support of Make-A-Wish Greater LA. Viacom and Paramount Pictures will serve as presenting sponsors for this year’s gala.
For tickets or sponsorship information, visit www.la.wish.org/gala