Nick Jonas is being hailed as a hero.
The multi-platinum music star will receive the Hero Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, Access Hollywood can reveal exclusively.
Nick’s honor stems from his philanthropic work with the Type 1 diabetes community, Radio Disney told Access in a statement on Tuesday. The cause is a personal one for Nick, as he was diagnosed with the illness at just 13 years old. Now 24, the singer, songwriter and actor has given back through Beyond Type 1, a non-profit organization he co-founded.
According to a press release, Beyond Type 1 “leverages the power of social media and technology” to facilitate “funding for research, education, advocacy” and other programs to improve quality of life for those battling the disease.
Nick’s good friend Jack Black will present him the honor during the April 29 ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but he could receive more accolades throughout the evening. He’s also nominated in three Radio Disney Music Award categories, including Best Male Artist.
Nick is in good company – past Hero Award recipients include Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
The 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards telecast will be available to view across multiple Disney-branded platforms on Sunday, April 30 at 7 PM ET.
Voting is available through April 9 at Disney.com/RDMA, Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter pages, the Radio Disney and Disney Channel apps, and Google OneBox.
— Erin Biglow