Increasingly 17-year-old Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber is becoming known for the good things he is doing in this world as much as he is for music and making money. On Dec. 26, 2011 another increment to his charity legacy was added.
The star-with-a-heart was named to the number 2 spot in an annual list called the 'Top 20 Celebs Gone Good'. The list is courtesy the online site dosomething.org and it's pretty much as it sounds, a ranking of celebrities that have done good things charity. To get named to the list celebs must put money, time and effort into charity and the generous young star, 10th last year, has done a host of good deeds to deserve moving up.
Justin Bieber: Voices Award for Charity
Bieber has given money, effort and his time to many charitable causes, including his 'Believe Charity Drive,' the 'Make a Wish Foundation','Pencils for Promise' (a group founded and ran by manager Scooter Braun's brother, Adam) and to other causes. He's also given a great deal of his time toward anti-bullying and to getting the message out there that texting and driving is dangerous.
Receiving accolades for contributing to charity is not new for Bieber. A recent example was an award that he received in Europe; while winning the Best Pop Male and Best Pop Vocalist at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011 he also won the Voices award, given annually at the MTV EMAs to honor celebrities making a difference by contributing to charities.
Lady Gaga: Top Celeb Gone Good
For the second straight year Lady Gaga was named to the top spot of the dosomething.org list. She, too, worked for the cause of anti-bulling and she, too, began a charity campaign, hers called 'Born This Way' after her recent album and hit single. George Clooney was third, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith fourth and Leonardo Dicaprio rounded out the Top 5.
Dosomething.org has a motto on the opening page of the website, that says it works to use "the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline." Setting an example for those teens is fellow teen Justin Bieber and he's been acknowledged again for all the good, beyond music, that he does in the world.