“In 2002, I was standing on this stage and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo,” recalled Diesel. “And now, 15 years later, I’m with my whole family and you’ve given us the Generation Award.”
Calling Walker by the beloved nickname “Pablo,” Diesel said, “We hope you’re proud.”
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He also thanked fans for the honor, saying, “I gotta thank a generation that was willing to accept this multicultural franchise, where it didn’t matter what color your skin was or what country you were from.
“When you’re family, you’re family,” said Diesel.
Preceding Diesel’s speech, a video montage of the franchise – and Walker’s best moments in it – played for the crowd.
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