Will Smith will receive the generation award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards — and he has some supporters backing him. Both Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who are hosting the awards show, took to their social media accounts to announce the news. Smith has been nominated for an MTV Movie Award 17 times, and has won five of them.
“MOVIE AWARDS-Host Exclusive! My man WILL SMITH receiving the Generation Award It’s about to go down #bigwilliestyle,” Hart wrote on Twitter.
This is not the first Instagram post the comedian has dedicated to Smith. Earlier this year, he posted a clip of himself and Smith on the red carpet, thanking Smith for inspiring his career. “Will Smith is what I refer to as a ‘Philly Hero’….This man motivated the s–t out of me,” Hart wrote. “The reason why is because he did the things that no other actor would do, he traveled the world doing all kinds of relentless promotion for all of his projects….He went to places that other actors & actresses turned their noses up to….He shook hands and expressed how much he appreciated all of his supporters all over the world & he later became the INTERNATIONAL SUPER STAR that he is now….But I love that he did it with nothing but hard work and dedication and determination. Thanks for laying down the blueprint for me man…I’m honestly following in your footsteps and trying to make my city just as proud of me as they are for you!!!! The first thing he said to me when we arrived was ‘Let’s go say what’s up to the fans’ I live for these moments and for me this was a great one!!!!!”
Safe to assume he will have touching words to say about Smith at April 10th’s MTV ceremony.
The 25th anniversary edition of the MTV Movie Awards will take place that Sunday, and air at 8 pm EDT.