Justin Timberlake delivers touching speech about equality at iHeartRadio Music Awards
Justin Timberlake addressed victims of bullying during a powerful acceptance speech at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
The singer took home the award for Song Of The Year on Sunday for his hit track “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. Taking to the stage to accept his trophy, Justin took a moment to deliver an important message regarding equality.
“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’re a 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.
“Because being different means you make the difference. So f*** ’em.”
The Chainsmokers dominated the ceremony, nabbing an impressive three titles with Best New Artist, Dance Song of the Year and Best New Pop Artist. It was also a big night for other artists such as twenty one pilots and Rihanna, who both took home two awards each.
Here is the complete list of winners:
- Song of the Year: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
- Best New Artist: The Chainsmokers
- Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Heathens” – twenty one pilots
- Alternative Rock Artist of the Year: twenty one pilots
- Rock Song of the Year: “Bang Bang” – Green Day
- Rock Artist of the Year: Disturbed
- Country Artist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
- Dance Song of the Year: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- R&B Song of the Year: “Work” – Rihanna featuring Drake
- R&B Artist of the Year: Rihanna
- Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist: The Strumbellas
- Best New Country Artist: Kelsea Ballerini
- Best New Hip-Hop Artist: Chance The Rapper
- Best New Latin Artist: CNCO
- Best New R&B Artist: Bryson Tiller
- Best New Regional Mexican Artist: Joss Favela
- Best New Pop Artist: The Chainsmokers
- Best Lyrics (voted via social media): “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber (written by Ed Sheeran)
- Best Song From A Movie (voted via social media): “Girls Talk Boys” – 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
- Best Music Video (voted via social media): “Pillowtalk” – ZAYN
- Best Fan Army (voted via social media): Fifth Harmony – Harmonizers
- Best Tour: Coldplay