Justin Timberlake has had a darn solid last ten years when it comes to his career, by any standards. Ten years ago he released the critically acclaimed FutureSex/LoveSounds album that spawned chart-topping hits such as SexyBack, My Love and What Goes Around… Comes Around, before he took a break from music to focus on his acting career. That acting career paid off, too, with his roles in The Social Network, Shrek the Third and Friends with Benefits serving as highlights.
While he’s received a ton of critical acclaim, perhaps he’s most recognized by the sheer amount of trophies he’s received from the Teen Choice Awards. According to Billboard, Timberlake was presented with his 23rd Teen Choice Award on Sunday by Kobe Bryant at the Teen Choice Awards 2016, this award was The Decade Award, celebrating what has been a pretty substantial decade in the life of Justin Timberlake.
It was there that he focused not on himself, but instead on inspiring the teens in attendance, who were screeching at full volume for Timberlake while he stood there, colorful award surfboard in hand. His message was for them to care about other people, to work hard and to be the best that they can be.
“So, as a relatively new dad and a former teen, I’m here to say you will make mistakes along the way. 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. (I hope my son watches this one day.) 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. Thank you so much.”
Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel have one son, Silas, who was born in 2015, so needless to say the next generation has been on his mind of late. He’s starring in the upcoming Trolls film alongside Anna Kendrick that opens in November.