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Will Smith may have boycotted the Oscars but he’ll be in attendance at the MTV Movie Awards. At this year’s ceremony, the rapper and actor is receiving the coveted “Generation Award” which is bestowed upon an artist who’s body of work resonates with the MTV audience.

“MTV was a part of every phase of Will’s career and he has been a huge part of what defined the MTV culture from the beginning” said show Executive Producer Casey Patterson.

“From TV’s ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,’ to his music and amazing movies, Will is the voice of a generation and not afraid to use it. The 25th anniversary of the ‘Movie Awards’ is the perfect year to honor #BIGWILLIESTYLE as only MTV can – with lots of big surprises in store” he added.

Past recipients of the Generation Award include: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Johnny Depp, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise.

It’s been nearly 20 years since Will hosted the show in 1994. He’s since been nominated for seventeen “Movie Awards” and he’s won five including two wins for “Best Male Performance” (“I Am Legend” in 2008 and “Ali” in 2001).

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will host the MTV Movie Awards when it airs on Sunday, April 10. Let us know if you’ll be watching?


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