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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined a list of notable celebrities like Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Will Smith when he received the Generation Award during the MTV Movie and TV Awards, which aired Monday.
For more than two decades, Johnson has been a huge star in both professional wrestling and film. Some of his most successful films include Jumanji, Moana and The Mummy Returns.
While receiving the award, Johnson discussed how being authentic helped make him the successful star he is today. He said, “I wasn't gonna conform to Hollywood, Hollywood was gonna conform to me.“ He later added, “I'm proudly half-black and half-Samoan.”
Johnson also discussed the importance of inclusion, both personally and professionally. Johnson said, “Yes it's important to be yourself, but you gotta recognize the joy and the responsibility of bringing everybody with you.” He explained, “You do that by being kind, by being compassionate, by being inclusive, and straight-up, just being good to people, because that matters.”
Johnson ended his speech by sharing a quote, which he referred to as “part of my DNA.” The quote goes, “It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.”
The MTV Movie and TV Awards took place Saturday night and aired Monday night at 9 p.m. on MTV. Here’s the complete list of winners:
BEST MOVIE: Avengers: Endgame
BEST SHOW: Game of Thrones
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE: Lady Gaga (Ally) – A Star Is Born
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW: Elisabeth Moss (June Osborne/Offred) — The Handmaid’s Tale
BEST HERO: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) — Avengers: Endgame
BEST VILLAIN: Josh Brolin (Thanos) — Avengers: Endgame
BEST KISS: Noah Centineo & Lana Condor (Peter Kavinsky & Lara Jean) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
REALITY ROYALTY: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Daniel Levy (David Rose) — Schitt’s Creek
BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky) — To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
BEST FIGHT: Captain Marvel – Captain Marvel vs. Minn-Erva
BEST REAL–LIFE HERO: Ruth Bader Ginsburg – RBG
MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE: Sandra Bullock (Malorie) — Bird Box
BEST DOCUMENTARY: Surviving R. Kelly
BEST HOST: Nick Cannon — Wild ’n Out
MOST MEME-ABLE MOMENT: The Bachelor — Colton Underwood jumps the fence
BEST MUSICAL MOMENT: A Star Is Born — “Shallow”
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