Will Smith Accepts Generation Award at 2016 MTV Movie Awards, The Lonely Island Perform Tribute
The 2016 MTV Movie Awards took place and aired over the weekend, with Will Smith receiving the Generation Award for his many contributions to the world of film. In the above clip, Smith accepts the award from Queen Latifah and Halle Berry, while below, Andy Samberg's The Lonely Island performs a Fresh Prince-inspired tribute.
"I wasn’t quite expecting that," Smith says at the beginning his acceptance speech. "When I first heard that MTV wanted to give me the Generation Award, I thought that was code for the old ass dude award. This is absolutely beautiful."
Smith then shares a story of shooting a film in Brooklyn and having to explain to a young fan that he was the Karate Kid's dad. "So, this is coming at the right time for me," he said. "I released my first record when I was 17. This June marks 30 years in this business for me. I really just want to say, I’m humbled and I just want all of you to know I am dedicated to being a light in this world. A lot of people are suffering in this world and when you see my material and when I present myself in public and what I’m trying to build with my family and my friends, I just want all of you to know that I’m dedicated till I die to light and love.”
Previous recipients of the Generation Award include Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr., with Smith's roles in such films as Independence Day and Men in Black solidifying him as a Hollywood A-lister. What's more, Smith's ability to soundtrack his own movies created an all-in-one marketing tool that has rarely been duplicated since. His efforts to promote diversity in Hollywood as well were highlighted earlier this year when Smith boycotted the 88th Academy Awards.
Below, The Lonely Island perform such Smith songs as "Parent's Just Don't Understand," "Summertime" and "Men in Black." Catch the MTV Movie Awards clips above and below.
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