MTV Movie Awards: Will Smith Receives MTV Generation Award
The actor accepted the honor from Queen Latifah and Halle Berry.
MTV used The Lonely Island, Queen Latifah, Halle Berry and an epic clips package to honor Will Smith with the 2016 Generation Award during the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards, which held Saturday night at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank. The taped broadcast, co-hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, aired Sunday on MTV and sister networks BET, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, TV Land, VH1 and VH1 Classic.
It was enough to overwhelm the rapper-turned-actor, who could be seen enjoying the accolade in the audience before taking the stage.
"That was a lot — I wasn't quite expecting that," Smith said, accepting the honor, revealing that when the network told him it planned to give him the Generation Award, "I thought that was code for the Old-Ass Dude Award, 'Congratulations, your best work's behind you.'"
Then the actor recalled how he's being seen differently by the younger generation than he is by older fans of his. Smith said he was recently filming his upcoming movie Collateral Beauty in Brooklyn when two women in their late 30s or early 40s ran over to him screaming. At the same time, an eight-year-old nearby also started screaming but revealed he didn't know who Smith was. Smith leaned down and explained that he's the "Karate Kid's dad," leading the child to scream, "That's Jaden's dad!"
Queen Latifah and Berry introduced Smith, with the latter praising him as a "champion for diversity in Hollywood."
Smith shows "someone of color can play any role, open any movie and be the biggest movie star in the world," Berry added.
In his speech, Smith said he's "dedicated to being a light in this world. There are a lot of people who are suffering in this world … I'm dedicated until I die to light and love."