A performer who has made an impact on popular culture on multiple fronts has been singled out for honors from MTV. The network announced that it will present the Generation Award to Will Smith during the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, which will air Sunday, April 10.
The MTV Generation Award is the highest honor of the MTV Movie Awards.
“Smith, the epitome of the modern movie star, broke onto the scene with ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Bad Boys.’ He has been conquering box offices ever since, with titles like ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Ali,’ ‘Concussion’ and the upcoming ‘Suicide Squad,’ all while paving the way for leading men to be comedic, dramatic and socially conscious,” the cable net said in its announcement.
Smith first emerged as a pop culture figure as half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. He transitioned to a starring role on the hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which ran six seasons on NBC during the 1990s.
Smith has won four Grammy Awards and has been nominated for five Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.
The network notes that the Generation Award acknowledges “an actor who creates an amazing body of work throughout their career that speaks directly to the MTV audience.” Past recipients of the award include Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Sandra Bullock, Mike Myers, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey.
The ceremony, which will take place on the Warner Bros. backlot in Burbank, Calif., will be hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.