Will Smith Receiving MTV's Generation Award

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Will Smith has had a long history with MTV, whether it be as an actor or a musician, and now they've decided to give him the MTV Movie Awards highest honor.

Smith will be receiving the Generation Award at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Smith will be joining elite company, as previous recipients include Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, and Tom Cruise. Smith has taken home 5 awards previously, been nominated 17 times, and even hosted them in 1994. Executive Producer Casey Patterson spoke about Smith's relationship with MTV.

"Will Smith and MTV have grown up together and share a very cool history," said Executive Producer Casey Patterson. "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. 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."

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The MTV Movie Awards will air on Sunday, April 10th.