Will Smith Generation Award MTV Movie Awards Video – Watch Tribute + Speech!
Will Smith received the Generation Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which aired on Sunday. Watch below!
Smith sat in the front row of Saturday’s ceremony with sons Trey and Jaden as Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart co-hosted the 25th anniversary show. When it came time for his tribute, Andy Samberg and Lonely Island came out on stage for a hilarious rap performance highlighting Smith’s songs like “Gettin’ Jiggy With It,” “Men in Black,” “Summertime,” and, of course, “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air” theme song. The three Smiths could be seen laughing together at the unexpected musical bit.
Queen Latifah, Halle Berry and Hart himself also gave short speeches expressing gratitude toward Smith for the ways he’s broken down barriers in Hollywood for fellow black artists and actors. After a movie montage, Smith took the stage to a standing ovation. He then quipped, “When I first heard MTV wanted to give me the Generation Award, I thought that was like code for the ‘Old Ass Dude Award.’ ‘Hey man, congratulations, your best work is behind you!'”
Indeed, Smith went on to share an amusing anecdote. “I was in Brooklyn the other day, and these women came running out. They were like 35, 40 years old and they were saying, ‘Oh my God, Will.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, come on, let’s get a little Snapchat,’ and there’s this one kid, 8 years old, and he’s like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know who you are.’ I leaned down and I said, ‘I am the Karate Kid’s dad,’ and he was like, ‘Oh, that’s Jaden’s dad!’ So this is coming at the right time for me.”
Smith also noted, “I released my first record when I was 17. I’m 47 years old now. This June marks 30 years in this business for me…. I’m dedicated to being a light in this world… I am dedicated ‘til I die to light and to love.”
It was announced late last month that Smith would receive what is the MTV Movie Awards’ highest honor. The award is given to “global icons” who “create an amazing body of work throughout their career.” He follows in the footsteps of Robert Downey, Jr. (2015), Mark Wahlberg (2014), and Jamie Foxx (2013). Check out video of Smith’s tribute and acceptance speech below!