Congrats, Justin : Youngest Inductee into the Memphis Hall of Fame

Congrats, Justin : Youngest Inductee into the Memphis Hall of Fame

BIG congrats to JT who became the youngest inductee of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame on Saturday night!

This annual event at the Cannon Center had a star-studded mix in attendance, from rockstars to NBA greats and a comedian - but the true stars of the show were the inductees. Six of Memphis's most legendary musicians— Scotty Moore, Sam & Dave, Al Jackson Jr., Charlie Rich, Memphis Slim and Alberta Hunter — were also celebrated alongside JT for the event. http://memphismusichalloffame.com/

Timberlake's acceptance was introduced by wise words from Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, Three 6 Mafia founder DJ Paul and Timberlake’s close friend and host of “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon.

"Who better to induct him than me... Mrs. Justin Timberlake," cracked Fallon. "Jessica, I'm sorry; the heart wants what it wants."

"What I love about Justin is he's never forgotten where he comes from, " Fallon continued. "He loves Memphis. I mean, his wife's last name is Biel. I talked him out of naming his son Barbecue... He's passionate about his hometown."

Justin then accepted his award to a standing ovation. “I never prepared a speech for anything,” he said, “but this is the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me." “This (city) is one of a kind and I know ’cause I’ve been around... but London ain’t got no Gus’ Fried Chicken. Paris may have rendezvous, but they don’t have the Rendezvous. Egypt has the pyramids, but they don’t have a Bass Pro Pyramid.”

Photo Credit: Keith Richards

After shouting out the Grizzlies and celebrating the University of Memphis’ football win over Ole Miss that day (he led the entire audience in a rendition of the school’s fight song), Timberlake noted that “Memphis is the global capital of soul. And that soul is not just in the music, it’s in the people." After thanking his wife and family, Timberlake concluded his speech by saying he owed a deep debt to the city of Memphis. “I only hope I can continue to return the favor for as long as I live and breathe,” he said.

Later in the evening, Sam Moore (half of the duo known as “Double Dynamite”) brought JT out of the crowd and onto the stage to sing "Soul Man". Justin then beatboxed while Moore scatted and what was originally a performance turned into a full-on celebration. Joined by Stax greats Cropper and William Bell, the pair closed the show with a rendition of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Moore and JT then traded jokes and vocals on the Otis Redding classic, celebrating the love for music that brought them both together that night.

Photos by Steve Roberts

  1. On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Kanna Timberlake said:

    Deserve.You're speech makes me cry...

  2. On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 6:39 AM, issibitz said:

    Since 2013 I feel like I've been surfing a gargantuan wave of joy and inspiration generated by this man and his : music, dancing, world tour, TV appearances, awards, philanthropy, family and golf game.
    All become something so much more than expected because of his talent, discipline, work ethic, creativity, dedication to craft, insight, generous heart, genuine soul, personality and sense wicked of humor.
    He is an undeniable force.

    I can only dream of what may be on the horizon, but with certainty I say- the best is yet to come!

  3. On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 4:23 AM, ELovelace said:

    From the bottom of my heart Justin LUV YA & CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

  4. On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 4:22 AM, ELovelace said:

    Just an amazing, smart, talented,caring,funny jack of all trades that can do it all and each and every time we see him he proves it. I couldn't be more proud of him as part of the JTFAM/TNKID's. I might not have been able to get to your hometown and rep you but I know a few ladies that did and love that they were kind enough to share what they experienced and how deeply they felt seeing him on his big night.

  5. On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 12:41 AM, cheuy3060 said:

    Congrats once again!! That speech you gave was EVERYTHING!!! You are so selfless! I love that about you! #JTFam

  6. On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 3:17 AM, Mari Mendes said:

    Congratulations, Justin! We all are so proud of you! You deserve this and so much more! Thank you for being an amazing inspiration! <3 =D #TNKidsNation #BestIdolEver

  7. On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM, SILVIA JT said:

    So happy for you. <3 His speech was perfect!!! <3

  8. On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Isabella Polanco said:

    congrats Justin! I'm so proud of you!! you deserve it all!! loved being able to be there to support you ! congrats my KING !!

  9. On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM, Orli Anrow said:

    He deserves it, especially depending on the impact he's had in the industry. Making the new generation of singers/musicians like me to practice his shows in my room and learn his dance moves. It's really amazing what he has accomplished and the long way he has come to be one of the best. I deeply hope that I can work with him and reach the same outcome he has one day. # TNKids

  10. On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 6:01 PM, Valdomiro Miguel said:

    SO PROUD!!!!!! #Tnkids

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