Justin Timberlake was recognized at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards for his multifaceted career

By Dave Quinn
Updated July 31, 2016 09:40 PM
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Justin Timberlake has won a total of 23 Teen Choice awards over his career – the most of any male artist. And on Sunday, the 35-year-old singer took home the show’s first-ever Decade Award, honoring the 10-year anniversary of his FutureSex/LoveSounds album.

The 2006 release – which produced six chart-topping singles including “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around Comes Around” – was Timberlake’s first number-one solo album, selling over 4.4 million copies in the U.S.

Beyond the album’s anniversary, the award was also in recognition of Timberlake’s accomplishments in film, television and social media.

At Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, Timberlake reflected back on his success and his multifaceted career with an emotional and inspiring speech to the young people in the audience.

“I’m here to tell you that you and your choices matter,” Timberlake said, going on to talk about the values his parents “taught me to respect, respect myself and respect all people on the basis of their character.”

Timberlake then went on to talk about the late, great Muhammad Ali and the peaceful and inspiring message he had for the world.

“Be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” the singer said. “Don’t waste your 20s … be nice to your parents – I hope my son watches this one day. Go out, do the impossible and go on and become the greatest generation yet.”

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Timberlake also admitted that, like Ali and many others, he had a few stumbles in his life, but that helped him grow as a person.

“What we do after that fall is how we make history because impossible is nothing.”

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In addition to the big honor, Timberlake was up for three other Teen Choice awards this year – all for his current chart-topper “ Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

The song is the first single off the soundtrack for the DreamWorks Animations’ Trolls movie, due Nov. 4, on which Timberlake served as executive music producer. It’s also the first new music Timberlake has dropped since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.