- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson accepted the 2019 Generation Award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which aired Monday from the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.
- The star came out on stage dancing to Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
- During his speech, Johnson told fans how Hollywood originally wanted him to change who he was when he wanted to be an actor.
- He said that didn’t work for him and he told fans that they should always be true and authentic versions of themselves. He ended his speech by saying that no matter how important you may become, it’s important to be nice to others.
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Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson was the latest recipient of the Generation Award at the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards, and he accepted the award in style by paying tribute to his Island roots.
The Rock came out blazing on stage fittingly to Queen’s “We Will Rock You,” at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The awards show was shot Saturday and aired Monday on MTV.
After pumping the crowd up, he accepted the popcorn statue from host Zachary Levi. The Rock went from wrestler to movie and TV star in “The Mummy Returns,” “Tooth Fairy,” HBO’s “Ballers,” and now the “Fast & Furious” franchise.
During his speech, the actor gave a shout-out to his family before giving some advice to his fans.
“I have a house full of strong a– women at home,” said Johnson to cheers from the crowd.
“Mainly, I want to thank the ones who make this who thing happen. I want to thank you, the people, the fans. I thank you,” he added.
Johnson said since the fans were the reason he was receiving the award that he wanted to share a piece of advice he learned since transitioning from wrestler to Hollywood actor.
“The most powerful thing that we can be is ourselves,” said Johnson. “When I first got to Hollywood, they didn’t know what the hell to do with me. I was this half Black, half Samoan, six-foot-four, 275-pound pro-wrestler.”
“I was told at that time, ‘Well, you’ve got to be a certain weight. You gotta drop some weight, you gotta be somebody different,” said Johnson of the many things he was told by Hollywood brass. “You’ve got to stop calling yourself the Rock. What?”
Johnson said he bought that advice for years because he thought that was what he was supposed to do. One day, he decided to stop.
“I was miserable doing that,” said Johnson. “So, I made a choice. I wasn’t going to conform to Hollywood. Hollywood was going to conform to me.”
“What you saw up here tonight, that’s who I am,” Johnson said of his dance. “I’m proudly half Black and half Samoan and I wanted to bring those cultures up here for the world to see. Yes, it’s important that you are your most authentic self.”
Johnson ended his speech by reminding fans that no matter how important someone may become in this world, it’s more important to be nice.
Fans couldn’t get enough of The Rock’s speech and dance.
— hannah ???? (@tired_vampyr) June 18, 2019
— Lady D Two-C's ???? (@ladyd2826) June 18, 2019
I love the Rock’s speech talking about being a genuinely good human being. He ended with a quote…”It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.” ????#therock #mtvawards #bekind #strivetobebetterthanyouwereyesterday
— Lisa DeJesus Terry (@Lisa_M_Terry) June 18, 2019
You can watch the Rock’s performance and speech below:
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