"And each of us can change the world."~Anderson Cooper
From The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Anderson Cooper opened the evening with the introduction of some special guests.
First this video was played~
And then all 33 Chilean Miners took the stage.
Anderson took the stage to give an overview of what the evening held in store and explained a very strange "photo" of him rocking a white mullet!
Gerard Butler introduced a background video on Magnus MacFarlane - Barrow, Feeding The Needy, Nourishing The Soul.
MAGNUS MACFARLANE - BARROW
ARGYLL, SCOTLAND: Since 1992, Magnus MacFarlane - Barrow has dedicated his life to helping people in need. Today, his program, Mary’s Meals - run from a tin shed in the Scottish highlands - provides free daily meals to more than 40,000 children around the world.
Magnus took the stage to accept his award and offer a few brief remarks.
Marissa Tomei introduced a background video on Susan Burton, A New Way Of Life Re-entry Project.
LOS ANGELES, CA: Susan Burton was once caught in a cycle of addiction and incarceration, but she now provides sober housing and support to formerly incarcerated women in California. To date, her non-profit, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, has helped more than 400 women get back on their feet.
Marisa presented Susan with her Top 10 Heroes Award and Susan gave a few brief remarks.
Aaron Eckhardt introduced Harmon Parker's background video, A Bridge To A Better World.
LEXINGTON, KY: Harmon Parker is using his masonry skills to save lives. Since 1997, he’s built 45 footbridges over Kenya’s perilous rivers, protecting people from flash floods and predatory animals. The bridges built by his organization, Bridging the Gap, also connect isolated communities with valuable resources.
Aaron presented Harmon with his award and Harmon gave a few brief remarks.
Jessica Alba introduced a background video on Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega, A Place To Heal In A Wounded City.
GUADALUPE ARIZPE DE LA VEGA
EL PASO, TX: Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega founded a hospital in Juarez, Mexico that cares for about 900 people daily, regardless of their ability to pay. Despite the escalating violence in the city, the 74 year-old travels there several times a week to make sure residents get the care they need.
Guadalupe took the stage to accept her award and offer a few brief remarks.
Bon Jovi was the first musical act to take the stage and they preformed "What Do You Got"
Kiefer Sutherland introduced the background video on Narayanan Krishnan, A Companion To The Forgotten.
MADURAI, INDIA: Narayanan Krishnan brings hot meals and dignity to India’s homeless and destitute – 365 days a year - through his nonprofit Akshaya Trust. Since 2002, he has served more than 1.2 million meals.
Narayanan took the stage to accept his award and give a few brief remarks.
Renee Zellweger introduced the background video on Aki Ra, Clearing The Pat To A Safer Land.
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: Aki Ra is helping to make his native Cambodia safer by clearing land mines, many of which he planted years ago as a child soldier. Since 1993, he and his Cambodian Self Help Demining organization have cleared about 50,000 mines and unexpected weapons.
Renee presented Aki Ra with his award and he gave a few brief remarks.
Anderson announced how individuals could donate to the Heroes' causes on Facebook.com and stated that after the program he would be changing his Facebook status later from "Hosting CNN Heroes to In my jammies, eating pudding, watching Glee."
LL Cool Jay was on hand to introduce the background video on Linda Fondren, A Moving Force For Better Health.
VICKSBURG, MS: With her weight-loss challenge, Shape Up Vicksburg, Linda Fondren is helping her Mississippi hometown banish the bulge. Through the group’s free fitness activities and nutrition classes, residents have lost nearly 15,000 pounds to date.
Linda took the stage to accept her award and give a few brief remarks.
The second musical act of the evening was John Legend, who was joined by Common and Melanie Fiona to preform, "Wake Up Everybody"
Anderson,in introducing the next Hero/presenter combination said "Most of us think of coming home as a pleasant end of the day, unless of course you're Bruce Jenner and you're coming home to the Kardashians. - It's said out of love, it's said out of love."
Kid Rock was on hand to introduce the background video on Dan Wallrath, Building Homes To Rebuild Lives.
HOUSTON, TX: Since 2005, Texas home builder Dan Wallrath has given injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans homes of their own – mortgage free. He and his Operation Finally Home team have built nine new custom homes and currently have ten more planned or under construction.
Dan took the stage to accept his award and offer a few brief remarks.
Halle Barry introduced Evans Wadongo's background video, Lighting The Way To A Brighter Future.
NAIROBI, KENYA: Evans Wadongo invented a way for rural families in Kenya to replace smoky kerosene and fire light with solar power. Through his Use Solar, Save Lives program, he’s distributed an estimated 10,000 solar lanterns, for free.
Halle presented Evans with his award and he gave a few brief remarks.
Demi Moore introduced the background video on Anurahda Koirala, A Hand Out Of The Horror.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL: Anuradha Koirala is fighting to prevent the trafficking and sexual exploitation of Nepal’s women and girls. Since 1993, she and her group, Maiti Nepal, have helped rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 victims.
Anuradha took the stage to accept her award and offer a few brief remarks.
The last musical act of the night was Sugarland who took the stage to perform "Stand Up"
Anderson Cooper took the stage to announce the CNN Hero of the Year 2010.
And the winner is ..... Anuradha Koirala.
And after the program, Anderson sat down with the winner and interviewed Anuradha Koirala.
Here's the video of the interview ~