Upon arriving on stage, Carey told the audience she was running late because her plane didn't take off from New York on time. "You don't know what we've been through, but we're here," she said as a throng of teens screamed.
The first edition of HALO turned the concept of awards shows on its heads, with celebs giving the awards instead of getting them. HALO (Helping and Leading Others) honored four teens who have made a difference in the world already.
One such teen, Brryan Jackson, was injected with HIV-tainted blood by his own father, who wanted to avoid paying child support in the future. Jackon went on to found Hope Is Vital to raise awareness for those living with HIV. All four honorees will receive a grant for their organizations, scholarship funds and a visit from Nick Cannon.
While Carey and Cannon attended the special screening in D.C., the rest of us will be able to watch the special on TeenNick Friday night.
Many of the honorees were also on hand for last night's big event.