(AP) – Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop This Feeling!” may have lost the Oscar, but it won an iHeartRadio Music Award on Sunday, where the pop star dedicated his win to children who feel “different.”
“I wrote this song because I wanted it to be about inclusion, about being together. And so I guess I want to take this opportunity and speak to young people right now ’cause there’s a lot of you looking at me, if you are black or you are brown or you are gay or you’re a lesbian or you are trans, or maybe you’re just a sissy singing boy from Tennessee, anyone that is treating you unkindly, it’s only because they are afraid or have been taught to be afraid of how important you are,” Timberlake said to the crowd at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
“Because being different means you make the difference,” added Timberlake, who ended his speech with an expletive that was bleeped.
Timberlake picked up the first award of the night for song of the year, presented by actor Jeremy Renner. “Can’t Stop This Feeling” became a No.1 hit last year and was nominated for best original song at last month’s Academy Awards. It’s from the animated film “Trolls.”
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