Justin Timberlake was honored as the first recipient of the Decade Award at the Teen Choice Awards 2016 over the weekend, during which he delivered a moving speech.
After Kobe Bryant presented the pop superstar with the surfboard award, JT went on to acknowledge some of the legendary artists that came before him and explain how they inspired him.
“To all you teens out there, I ask you to not learn from my example, but from the example of all the greats that have come before me,” Timberlake said. “For me, a big moment growing up was when I discovered that there was a music legend living right down the street from me, the Reverend Al Green, who taught the world a lesson that resonates now, I think, more than ever: let’s stay together. I learned from so many music greats: Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder.”
Timberlake went on to talk about another legend, opening up about advice he received from the late Muhammad Ali.
“Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing,” he said. “Greatest quote ever.”
“As a relatively new dad and a former teen, I’m here to say you will make mistakes along the way,” Timberlake added. “You will fall down. I have many times. Even Ali did. But what we do after that fall is how we make history because impossible is nothing. So don’t waste your 20s. They’re gonna be here before you know it, and they will go fast. Be nice to your parents. They aren’t perfect, either, but they have been through this movie before, and they love you more than you can imagine. So go out, do the impossible, and just go on and become the greatest generation yet.”