Tennessee-born singer Justin Timberlake was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Saturday, and the meaning of the moment was not lost on him.
While accepting his honor at the Canon Center for the Performing Arts, Timberlake was noticeably moved.
“This is the (expletive) coolest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Timberlake said.
(But didn’t your wife bring a baby boy into the world in April? we asked.)
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"I wanna thank all the great artists in this hall," he said, fighting back tears. "I'm truly honored, to merely stand on the shoulders of all these legends I grew up listening to, and I grew up admiring, to say that I stand alongside them now."
Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel, was also in the audience, and Timberlake didn’t forget to acknowledge her.
“Baby, I love you more than I could put into words and more than any song I could ever write," he said.
Now excuse us while we fight back our own tears.
Watch Timberlake’s speech below: