With 10 Grammys, four Emmys and cargos of production and songwriting credits scribed on projects from the most lauded Hollywood A-listers, Justin Timberlake thumbtacked another accolade to his vast collection on Sunday (March 5) at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
And during his acceptance speech as the winner for Song of the Year, the FutureSex/LoveSounds crooner gave us yet another reason for a standing ovation.
After saluting the other nominees in the category first, JT discussed the importance of the winning single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The song’s guiding principles of inclusion and togetherness, he said, was specifically significant for his address to the millennial youth.
“If you are Black, or you are Brown, or you are gay, or you are lesbian, or you are trans,” he said as the audience’s cheers ensued. “Or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee. Anyone who is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are. Because being different means you make the difference.”
His not-safe-for-television verbal middle finger to the aforementioned naysayers brilliantly concluded the speech as well. Considering that his former stance on minority issues in America landed him in Twitter’s harsh crosshairs, the speech should surely come as a breath of fresh air for the singer and his fans alike.
Listen to his inspiring acceptance speech below.
(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)