Justin Timberlake looked pleasantly surprised to win Song of the Year at Sunday’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, but he seemingly had a heartwarming message for minority and LGBTQ youth prepared.
The singer took the stage to accept his award, explaining that his song “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is about “inclusion” and “being together.”
“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,” Timberlake said, “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.”
“Being different means you’re making a difference,” Timberlake continued. “So … f**k ‘em.”
Watch a clip from Timberlake’s touching acceptance speech below:
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