Will Smith Honored with Generation Award at MTV Movie Awards, Paid Tribute by The Lonely Island
Smith was credited for being 'a champion for diversity in Hollywood.'
Will Smith was honored with the highly regarded Generation Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday.
Throughout his 30-year career, the talented entertainer has been well respected for his contributions in the areas of film and music, but equally as important have been his contributions to society. The Generation Award aims to recognize those who have made large strides of any nature in the acting world.
"[Will is] blazing a path for actors by showing that someone of any color can play any role, and can open any movie, and can win every award, and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world."
Prior winners have included Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Downey, Jr., Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, and Jamie Foxx.
To further honor Smith, The Lonely Island (Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone) performed a collection of Smith's most popular songs, like "Men in Black," "Summertime," and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" — and, yes, they were wearing overalls and neon: