Justin Timberlake’s Acceptance Speech for Innovator Award at iHeart Radio Award

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Justin Timberlake was awarded the iHeartRadio Innovator Award at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29, 2015. Timberlake is not only a Grammy Award winning singer, but he is an amazing actor, comedienne and gives a really great acceptance speech.

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Timberlake began his speech by saying, ‘That blew my mind. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Wow. So growing up in school, no one ever called me anything close to an innovator. They called me different, they called me weird. They called me a couple of other words, I can’t say on tv. Thankfully my mother taught me that being different was a good thing. That being different meant you can actually make a difference. Tonight I want to thank my mom. Thank you mother.’

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He thanked a number of people before continuing,

“I’m going to leave you with a couple of quotes that have stuck with me.
10 years ago a great innovator named Steve Jobs gave one of the most inspiring speeches ever. At the end he said, ‘stay hungry, stay foolish.’ You know I have no issue being foolish. Anyone who has ever had to deal with me in person knows I am hungry both literally and figuratively.

Another favorite quote of Justin’s comes from when he was a teenager. He told the audience he read some words that the 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt said,

‘It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit is to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and blood. Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. who knows great enthusiasms and great devotions. Who spins himself a worthy cause. who at the worse if he fails at least fails while daring greatly. So his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. So…if you’re a young person, like I used to be and your at home watching and your being called weird or being called different or whatever the hell you are being called. I am here tonight to tell you, your critics do not count. Stay foolish, stay hungry. Dream and work hard. And maybe someday you will find yourself standing on a stage and maybe some day someone will be giving you an award, calling you an innovator.

He closed his speech by thanking his wife,

“I want to thank my best friend, my favorite collaborator, my wife Jessica at home, who is watching. I can’t wait to see our greatest creation yet. Don’t worry, daddy’s heading home to learn how to innovate, by learning how to change a poopy diaper and get my swaddle on.”

Check out the amazing speech on the next page.

And see who else just gave a speech about being different – an A Lister.

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