Justin Timberlake says his induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame was the "fucking coolest thing that has ever happened to me."
It was a night to honor performers with roots in Memphis, TN, and Timberlake is in legendary company. He, along with Sam & Dave, Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore, Booker T. & the MG's drummer Al Jackson Jr., singer Alberta Hunter, blues pianist Memphis Slim and country singer Charlie Rich all received the honor Saturday night at a special event held in Memphis in front of over 2,000 people, reports Billboard.
The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon introduced Timberlake, saying "he's one of the biggest stars in the world. He can sing, he can dance, he can act, he's funny, he's good looking. And if you don't believe me, you can ask Justin himself. He wrote this speech."
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 18, 2015
Timberlake admitted he rarely prepares a formal speech, but did so because the honor was the "fucking coolest thing that has ever happened to me."
Timberlake noted the night was so special because "the Grammys are political. The Emmys are political. Memphis is not political. And don't get me started on Hollywood."
"I wanna thank all the great artists in this hall," Timberlake said as he began tearing up. "I'm truly honored, to merely stand on the shoulders of all these legends I grew up listening to, and I grew up admiring, to say that I stand alongside them now."
The "Tunnel Vision" singer also thanked wife Jessica Biel for being his "rock," saying "Baby, I love you more than I could put into words and more than any song I could ever write."
Watch the entire heartfelt speech below: