Justin Timberlake has used his speech at the iHeartRadio Music Awards to speak about inclusion and the reasons why his song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” helps to fight prejudice.
Timberlake won Song of the Year for the catchy theme track from the movie Trolls and then turned the spotlight back around on to his fans.
“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together,” Timberlake said as he accepted his honor.
“So I guess I want to take this opportunity to speak to young people right now because there’s a lot of you looking at me.”
“If you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you are lesbian or you are trans … or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee, anyone that is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or they have been taught to be afraid of how important you are,” he told the crowd.
He then explained that contrary to how it may feel when facing those fearful folks, differences aren’t drawbacks.
“Because being different means you make the difference, so fuck’em” Timberlake exclaimed.
Drake dominated the 2017 awards show with seven total awards, including Hip-Hop Artist of the Year.
The Chainsmokers followed with five wins, including Best New Artist and Dance Artist of the Year.
Other recipients included Adele (Pop Album of the Year for 25), Rihanna (R&B Album of the Year for Anti) and Metallica (Rock Album of the Year for Hardwired…to Self-Destruct).