MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Musicians were inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Saturday, and Justin Timberlake said it is the biggest honor he's ever received.
"I'm serious, this is the coolest thing that's ever happened to me," Timberlake said in his acceptance speech.
"When people ask where I'm from, I say Memphis," he said. "The Grammies are political. The Emmys are political. Memphis is not political."
He didn't speak of his records or his movies. Instead, he spoke of his hometown.
"My favorite part about this city is we don't apologize for who we are, and that's who this city has taught me to be."
Timberlake 's good friend Jimmy Fallon inducted him.
"What I admire most about Justin is how he's never forgotten where he's come from," Fallon said. "The man has a backup band called the Tennessee Kids. His wife's last name is Biel".
Timberlake said an honor like being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame is something he could never pass up.
"I'm truly honored to stand on the shoulders of all the legends that I grew up listening to and admiring. I stand beside them now."
He said he always loves a reason to come home and have some fun.
"London ain't got no Gus's Fried Chicken. Paris may rendezvous, but they ain't got no Rendezvous. Egypt has the pyramids; they don't have no Bass Pro Pyramid."
But most of all, he said it is the people that make him proud to call Memphis his home.
"To those people who say we have a chip on our shoulder, I would have to say in the famous words, 'damn right.' We don't call it that, we call that real. We call that soul and that's the soul that's in our heart. Memphis is the global capital of soul."
Meanwhile, Keith Richards took the stage to induct rock guitar pioneer Scotty Moore.
"Without Scotty, I wouldn't be here and other people wouldn't either," Richards said.
JT and Moore were inducted along with Alberta Hunter, Al Jackson, Jr., Memphis Slim, Charlie Rich and Sam Moore of Sam & Dave.