Justin Timberlake later accepted an award and couldn’t help but talk about how “cute Rihanna’s mom is” in his best Bajan accent.
Monica Braithwaite Fenty struggled to control her emotions as she presented her daughter with the Icon Award, telling her, “Rihanna, I’m so proud of you tonight. I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud you and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused.
“It’s amazing how you always manage to take good from all your experiences. I’m so blessed to be a part of this historic moment. I just want to say how proud I am to present to you the first-ever AMA Icon Award.”
Rihanna told her mother, “Just about 20 years ago is when I really started making your life a living hell – my annoying little husky man voice, you call it. You keep me driven, you keep this special.”
Justin Timberlake later collected an award for Favorite Male Artist (Soul/R&B) at the ceremony, paying tribute to Monica Braithwaite Fenty’s comments about her daughter as she presented her with the Icon Award earlier in the evening.
Justin said, “Can we talk about cute Rihanna’s mom is?”
He then did his impersonation of Monica’s adorable accent, saying “How cute Rihanna’s mom is! She’s so proud of the icon.”
Timberlake then returned to his normal accent, before stating, “I am too. Rihanna, I love you. Congratulations on that award, you totally deserve it.”
One viewer felt he was being rude, saying, “Justin Timberlake is not funny, he hella rude for trying to mock Rihanna’s mom lol.”
Most others praised Justin for his funny speech, adding, “Justin Timberlake decided to talk about how cute Rihanna’s mom is and congratulate her for award aw how can you not love him.”
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