Aside from the many fan-voted ARDY winners, special awards—Chart Topper, Show Stopper, and the Hero Award—were given to Ariana Grande, R5, and Shakira, respectively.
Chart Topper – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande has dominated the Radio Disney charts this past year. Between her three singles, “The Way,” “Baby I,” and “Right There,” she was on the Radio Disney charts for a whopping 73 weeks! Clearly, she was an incredibly deserving Chart Topper honoree.
Show Stopper – R5
On the heels of releasing their debut album, R5 has been touring the world and connecting with fans every step of the way. Their Facebook page is filled with messages to international fans, and they’ve brought incredible performances to so many cities, both here and abroad. Ross, Rocky, Rydel, Riker, and Ratliff were truly the show stoppers of the year.
Hero Award – Shakira
Thanks to the efforts of Shakira, thousands of children are starting to get the education they deserve, via her charity, the Barefoot Foundation. The organization she began at 18 is devoted to helping people in her native Columbia, and other parts of the world, by building new schools for children in poor areas. You can watch Shakira receive her award here:
Head to the official RDMA site to see performances from R5 and Ariana Grande, and more photos and videos from the big night!