Justin Timberlake received the first-ever Decade Award at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday evening.
Timberlake faced a lot of criticism when he Tweeted "We are the same" following Jesse Williams’ BET Awards speech last month. The "Can't Stop The Feeling" singer took his opportunity on stage at the Teen Choice Awards to set the record straight, offering audiences an inspiring outlook from the new dad.
“My parents did their best not to fill my young mind with prejudice or hate, but with compassion and love,” he said. “I think that’s why part of the reason today, I try to live my life working most closely with, making music with, and spending so much of my time with an amazing group of people — male, female, straight, gay, every walk of life. People who help each other and find a common ground. I was drawn to all these people not because they look like me, but because they think and feel like me."
He added: “The truth is, we’re all different. But that does not mean that we all don’t want the same thing.”
JT also quotes from “the greatest of all time” Muhammad Ali.