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Watch Vin Diesel's emotional speech at MTV Awards

"Fast and Furious" franchise star Vin Diesel took the stage alone at Sunday's MTV Movie and TV Awards, but didn't stay solo for long.

"I'm going to need my family for this one," he said, welcoming Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez to the stage, where he accepted the Generation Award.

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"In 2002 I was standing on this stage and MTV had given Paul Walker and I an award for best duo," Diesel said. "And now 15 years later I'm with my whole family and you're giving us the Generation Award."

Diesel paid tribute to the late Walker, thanked the team involved with the movies' production, and thanked viewers for embracing the series, with its diverse cast.

"It didn't matter what color your skin was or what country you're from," he said. "When you're family, you're family."

Video credit: MTV, provided to media outlets and used with permission

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