ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

At the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, Will Smith took home the Generation Award, the highest award MTV bestows — or, as he put it, "The Old-Ass Dude" Award — and the whole thing reminded us just how much we love him.

Source: MTV
Source: MTV

The segment started off with a tribute from The Lonely Island, who mashed up The Fresh Prince theme song, "Men In Black," and "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."

Next, Queen Latifah and Halle Berry took to the stage to introduce the artist himself — which seemed totally fitting given the running joke on The Fresh Prince where Will was obsessed with Halle Berry.

Queen Latifah noted that Will Smith was the first rapper to ever earn a Grammy in 1988 with "Parents Just Don't Understand."

Remember how good that was?

Source: Parents Just Don't Understand, Will Smith
Source: Parents Just Don't Understand, Will Smith

Actually, let's just watch the whole music video:

Halle Berry credited Will Smith with shattering stereotypes about black actors, since there's basically nothing he can't do. Berry said:

"[Smith has blazed] a path for actors by showing that someone of any color can play any role, and can open any movie, and can win every award, and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world."
Source: GIPHY
Source: GIPHY

Then Will accepted his award in typical, light-hearted Will Smith style:

"When I first heard that MTV wanted to give me the Generation Award, I thought that was like, code for the old-ass dude award. Like 'Hey man, congratulations! Your best work's behind you! Have fun!'"

Watch his full acceptance speech here:

Then he told a cute story that made him look simultaneously old and like the coolest dad ever:

"I was in Brooklyn and I was shooting the other day, and these women came running out. They were like 35, 40 years old and they're screaming 'Oh my God!!!! Will! Will!' And I'm like 'Yeah, yeah come on, get in, do a little Snapchat. Then there's this one kid, and he's like 8 years old, and he's like 'Ahhh! Oh my God! Oh my God! I don't know who you are! I don't know who you are!' So I leaned down to him, and I was like, 'Hey, I'm the Karate Kid's dad.' And he's like 'Ohhhh that's Jaden's dad!'"

Although, how tragic is it that kids today don't remember this song?

The proud papa brought both his boys to the show: Trey, 23, and Jaden, 17.

Source: MTV
Source: MTV

All jokes aside, Will Smith's been a star for 30 years, and even though he may be an "old-ass dude," he's still committed to bringing great entertainment to the audiences that love him:

"I'm humbled, and I just want all of you to know that I am dedicated to being a light in this world. There's a lot of suffering, and when you see my material... I just want all of you to know I'm dedicated 'til I die to light and to love."

And, like The Lonely Island Crew said, let's just end on "Jiggy."

Congratulations, Will! What's your favorite Will Smith moment from the past 30 years?

Source: Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Will Smith
Source: Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Will Smith

Source: MTV

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