He’s the baddest man in all of Hollywood and now, Samuel L. Jackson is the latest star to be given the BET Lifetime Achievement award. As he accepted the award during the June 26 event, Sam gave love to every fan who ever ‘supported his a**.’
Out of all the major celebs honored during the 2016 BET Awards, it’s hard to pick one cooler than Samuel L. Jackson. The 67-year-old star of such legendary movies like Pulp Fiction, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Avengers was celebrated as he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. He certainly accepted it in his unique way!
Spike Lee, 59, and his controversial Prince-themed hat, introduced his friend during the June 26 event in Los Angeles. “He’s one of the greatest actors on this, God’s planet,” Spike said, before declaring him “the hardest working-man in show business.” After a video full of Sam’s greatest hits, the legendary actor took the stage to accept his award.
“As a young man who grew up in segregated Tennessee, nobody told me I could grow up to be like this,” Sam said. “But here I am.” Sam then gave love to his Aunt Edna, who “lit the fire that started all this, she was the spark.” After thanking everyone, the Django Unchained actor said, “I want to thank everyone here or in the world who ever bought a ticket, or a DVD, with my ass in it.”
Samuel was incredible humbled to be picked as the latest African-American star given the prestigious honor. “It’s an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 BET Awards later this month,” the actor said in a statement, according E! News. “I’m humbled to be recognized by my peers and to join the company of the exemplary recipients before me.”
The star of such films as Do The Right Thing, Deep Blue Sea, The Great White Hype, and practically every Quentin Tarantino, 53, film, wasn’t the only star honored at the BET Awards. The network decided that the Madonna’s, 57, performance of “Nothing Compares 2 U” at the Billboard Awards didn’t do Prince justice. So, they had the Purple One’s former band member Sheila E, 58, join The Roots, D’Angelo, 42, and Janelle Monae, 30, to honor Prince.
Now, fans will have to see if Sylvester Stallone, 69, decides to throw some playful shade against Samuel. When the Creed star won his first Golden Globe for his role in the film, Samuel called out Sly for failing to thank Michael B. Jordan, 29, or director Ryan Coogler, 30. Yikes. Will Rocky take a shot at Sam?
Are you happy that Samuel L. Jackson was given the BET Lifetime Achievement award, HollywoodLifers? Which one of his movies is your favorite? Pulp Fiction? The Incredibles? The Hateful Eight?