MTV Movie & TV Awards: 'Fast and Furious' Cast Receives Generation Award

"I got to thank our generation, I got to thank a generation who was willing to accept this multicultural franchise," Diesel said upon accepting the Generation award Sunday night.

The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson accepted the MTV Generation Award on Sunday night, marking the first time a film franchise has received this honor instead of an individual actor.

Diesel, who also is a producer, accepted the award on stage and said, "In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV gave me and Paul Walker an award for best duo and now 15 years later I'm here and you're giving us a Generation Award."

The action star then went on to thank the generation for accepting his "multicultural franchise," and ended his acceptance speech by giving homage to his longtime friend and fellow Fast and Furious co-star, the late Walker: "Thanks Pablo, we hope you're proud."

The cast accepted the award after J. Balvin, Pitbull and Camila Cabello performed their single, "Hey Ma," from the film's soundtrack for the first time on TV.

Previous recipients of the MTV Generation Award, which honors and showcases actors and actresses who have created an impressive body of work that speaks to the MTV audience, include Will Smith, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Sandra Bullock, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.

MTV also aired marathons of the first three Fast and Furious films this weekend and featured a trivia game hosted by stars Diesel and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, which offered social engagers a chance to win a trip to attend the taping of the show.

Adam Devine is the host of this year's MTV Movie & TV Awards, which is airing live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.