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Christina Aguilera to Receive Starlight Award at the Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual YoungStar Awards.

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HOLLYWOOD--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Sept. 20, 2000

Formal Event Benefiting the Starlight Children's Foundation

to Take Place Sunday, Nov. 19 at Wilshire Theatre

Multi-platinum RCA recording artist Christina Aguilera will receive the inaugural YoungStar Starlight Award honoring a young performer who has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution, it was announced today by Robert J. Dowling, editor-in-chief and publisher of The Hollywood Reporter.

The only awards presentation exclusively for children and teens (ages 6-18) in recognition of their outstanding work in film, television, music and stage, the YoungStar Awards will be presented during a formal gala presentation at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills on Sunday evening, Nov. 19, 2000.

Aguilera, who won a Grammy and an ALMA Award this year and is a past YoungStar Award nominee as Best Young Recording Artist, was selected by The Hollywood Reporter for her work on behalf of the non-profit organization Do Something. As part of Do Something, more than 2.8 million young people and 15,000 educators are working together to improve America's communities. Do Something has provided more than $1 million in direct funding to young people to help turn their ideas for a better community into action. Through the Community Connections Campaign, Do Something is also helping more than 6,000 community organizations to involve young people as leaders in their efforts to create a better world.

As part of her inaugural headlining tour, Christina and her tour sponsors Sears and Levi's are joining forces with Do Something to inspire, fund and mobilize young people to improve the world around them. The program, called "Come on Over and Do Something," consists of two parts: the Sears and Levi's Youth Empowerment Grants and the online Do Something Youth Action Guide. A total of 50 Youth Empowerment Grants are awarded nationwide to young people age 18 and under throughout the course of the tour. All winners receive a $500 grant to fund their community service projects. Winners in Christina's 37 tour cities also receive tickets to see Christina in concert and the chance to meet her before the show.

From a list of more than 600 submissions, this year's YoungStar Awards nominees were selected by members of The Casting Society of America. Fifteen of the categories include young performers who had a leading role in a feature film or on television between July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000. A poll of 3,500 entertainment industry insiders who read The Hollywood Reporter will determine the Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards winners.

Following the awards presentation, there will be a lavish invitation-only supper celebration at Le Meridien Hotel. The Hollywood Reporter's Fifth Annual YoungStar Awards will be executive produced by Dick Clark and Robert J. Dowling, and produced by Dawn Allen of The Hollywood Reporter and Al Schwartz and Ken Shapiro of dick clark productions. The event producers are Stephen LoCascio and Michael Russell of CinePoint Productions. A portion of the proceeds from this year's YoungStar Awards will benefit the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, The Hollywood Reporter is entertainment's first daily trade paper, providing the worldwide industry with complete news coverage of film, television, cable, music, new media/technology, video, marketing, sports, fashion, electronic games and theme parks. The Hollywood Reporter launched its Web site in 1996 (www.hollywoodreporter.com), becoming the industry's first online delivery of entertainment news. The Hollywood Reporter's parent company is Netherlands-based VNU, the world's largest organization of entertainment-related publications and services.

The Starlight Children's Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for sick kids and their families. Benefiting over 74,000 children each month, the organization is on the cutting edge of distractive entertainment therapy and provides a large menu of in-hospital and outpatient services while working with over 650 pediatric centers around the world. To learn more, check out the web site, www.starlight.org, or call 800/274 STAR.
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