"This is truly incredible," he said, as he was presented with the award from by his Jumanji co-star Jack Black. "These kids who are up here are all Type 1 diabetes like myself.... This is a disease I was diagnosed with when I was 13. It was a moment in my life when I was just getting ready to start making music with my brothers, and touring, and it was something I thought would slow me down before I even got started."
"Thankfully it didn't, and I'm in the healthiest place I've been since my diagnosis," he continued. "But when I found out I would be receiving this award, I started thinking about who some of my heroes are. Not the kind of heroes who wear capes and save cities from evil villains, but real people who are heroes because they've changed the world in some way and made it a better place, or people who directly impacted my life."
Jonas gave a shout out to his father, who "is my hero every single day," and he thanked his "amazing family," including his brothers -- Kevin, Joe and Frankie -- and his mom.
"We all have the power to change the world and make it a better place," Jonas shared. "Every day can be an opportunity to be a hero. [If] you're kind to someone who needs it, or you find a cause you're passionate about. You get involved with something and raise your voice in some way. It does make a difference and I would encourage all of you to do that."
Jonas concluded his passionate call to action with a touching message of support, explaining, "What I saw as the biggest challenge of my life really did become the biggest opportunity to bring some encouragement to people like these amazing kids and hopefully people like you who are going to have your own struggles in your life."
ET's Brice Sander spoke with Jonas on the red carpet before the show, where the singer opened up about what it meant to be honored as a hero.
"It's really special," Jonas shared. "I've had a lot of heroes in my life, people that have inspired me [and helped me] to get through a tough time in my life… people like my dad, real pillars that have helped me through all of this, and it feels good to be here and receive this award."