Dwayne Johnson shares message of inclusion and kindness during MTV acceptance speech

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joined a list of notable celebrities like Sandra BullockTom 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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