Nick Cannon Talks TeenNick Award Show and Mariah Carey's Pregnancy Cravings

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Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will soon be adding a baby to their family. Credit: Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images

Nick Cannon wants "to turn the tables" when it comes to Hollywood award shows.

The TV personality -- and Mr. Mariah Carey -- tells ParentDish he thinks kids doing extraordinary things should be the ones recognized, rather than celebs lauding each other.

And it's not just talk. Cannon is set to host the second annual TeenNick HALO Awards Dec. 10, a show that recognizes deserving teens who are performing good deeds in their communities and trying to do something positive. This year's HALO ("Helping and Leading Others") winners are being honored for their work with foster youth, helping young people with HIV/AIDS, cleaning up beaches, striving to put an end to child slavery and other causes.

Cannon not only hosts the show, he's also its executive producer and the person who came up with the idea. He'll be joined by Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson, Wyclef Jean and, of course, Carey.

Carey, 41, and Cannon, 30, raised a few eyebrows when they married after a whirlwind romance in April 2008, due to their 11-year age difference. In October, the duo confirmed what had long been gossiped about: Carey is expecting the couple's first child, although they won't reveal the due date. They did talk about an earlier miscarriage two years ago and how devastating the experience had been, but how it brought them closer together.

ParentDish checked in with Cannon to talk about the HALOs and the pregnancy.

ParentDish: So tell me about the show.
Nick Cannon: It's the concept of taking the spotlight of a regular award show, where it's celebrities giving each other awards, and turning it around. I wanted to put the spotlight on young people. Celebrities should be giving the leaders of tomorrow awards. That's really what it's all about -- recognizing young people for some amazing things they have done in their communities.

PD: It was your idea, right?
NC: Yes. I just got tired of seeing award shows that kind of have no substance, and I always believed to whom much is given, much is required. So, I wanted celebrities to meet with young leaders who are involved in good causes.

PD: You were a teen star. I guess you didn't have time for these projects when you were younger.

NC:
Hey, there's always time for good deeds. You can always help others, even if it's helping them across the street or cleaning up a beach. That's the idea of HALO. No matter how busy you are, wherever you are in life, you can always HALO.

PD: How is Mariah feeling?
NC: Wonderful, really good. Everybody's in good spirits.

PD: Any cravings?
NC: I think it's more like fruit and stuff like that right now.

PD: I hope you're being an attentive husband. Lots of foot rubs.

NC:
Yeah, I'm trying to do the best I can.

PD: Don't worry. My husband said he felt like he was walking on egg shells when I was pregnant.
NC: It's not the easiest thing, but it's fun. It's a journey.

PD: Do you know if it's a boy or a girl?
NC: Not yet. We're trying to wait.

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