Justin Timberlake Wows at Memphis Hall of Fame Induction
Sometimes, the elite can feel like staged creatures, doomed to follow the guidelines set forth by agents, managers and image consultants. Justin Timberlake often seems very real and genuine for a celebrity, having shown off his on-the-spot comedic chops on Saturday Night Live and good pal Jimmy Fallon’s shows.
The singer reached new heights of authenticity and realness this week when he was inducted into the Memphis Hall of Fame. The talented singer, actor and performer is from Memphis and considers it the best city in the world, something he paused to point out in a proud, sentimental moment.
His 30+ minute acceptance speech was nothing short of sincere, kind and genuine. From its onset, with his admittance that “This is the f**king coolest thing that has ever happened to me,” it is clear that it was an intimate moment with him.
Timberlake wiped away tears at times, noticeably sounding choked up as he marveled at the honor and thanked those who came before him. “I wanna thank all the great artists in this hall. 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.”
The dazzling moment making most buzz, however, is his beautiful thanks to his wife, actress Jessica Biel. After joking about her amazing body and explaining that she’s understanding of her husband’s shortcomings, he called her his rock. He closed his thanks to her with “Baby, I love you more than I could put into words and more than any song I could ever write.”
The Memphis Hall of Fame induction was held at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. He and Sam Moore of Sam & Dave performed the song “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay.”
The full video of the speech is below.