Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop This Feeling!” may have lost the Oscar, but it won an iHeartRadio Music Award on last night (Mar. 5), where the pop star dedicated his win to kids who feel “different.”
When JT took the stage to accept his Song of the Year award, he explained that “Can’t Stop The Feeling” is about “inclusion” and “being together.”
“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.
“Being different means you’re making a difference,” Timberlake concluded. “So … f**k ‘em.”
Watch Justin Timberlake’s acceptance speech below.