iHeartRadio Awards 2015: Justin Timberlake Addresses Critics, Says "Their Words Will Fade"
The second annual awards ceremony took place on Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium.
Justin Timberlake was honored with the iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday evening.
The Grammy-winning singer took home the night's "most prestigious award" for his notable contributions to the music industry. Tom Ford, designer of Timberlake's 20/20 Experience Tour, introduced the artist as a "gifted comedian whose SNL sketches are legendary," and "a music icon who has been on top of his game for decades."
A video tribute to the singer played before Timberlake was presented with the award that included commentary from Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Neil Barrett, Trace Ayala, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Taylor Swift and more.
"Growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different, they called me weird," Timberlake, dressed in a bright blue Tom Ford suit, said as he stepped onstage to receive his award.
"If you're a young person like I used to be, and you're at home watching and you're being called weird or you're being called different, ... I'm here tonight to tell you your critics do not count. Their words will fade, you won't. ... Dream, work hard, and who knows maybe someday you'll find yourself standing on a stage and maybe someday somebody will be giving you an award calling you an innovator."
Thanking his wife and "favorite collaborator" Jessica Biel, he added, "You can't have innovation without creation ... Honey, I can't wait to see our greatest creation yet," joking that his next innovative move would be learning how to change a baby's diaper.
The "Suit & Tie" singer wrapped his highest-grossing tour to date, The 20/20 Experience World Tour, in early January. Timberlake has won a total of nine Grammy awards and four Emmys for his comedy work on Saturday Night Live, which he has hosted five times.
The second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Jamie Foxx hosted the awards ceremony, which also featured performances from Rihanna, Sam Smith, Madonna, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson and Jason Derulo among other musicians, as well as appearances from Taylor Swift, Ludacris and more.