Two days after the tragic passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, the cherished actor received a touching tribute at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.
Chadwick, who was best known for his role as King T’Challa in 2018’s Black Panther, but his memorable performances also included his roles as Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42,as James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up and as Thurgood Marshall in 2017’s Marshall.
While the world continues to mourn the Black Panther star’s passing, MTV remembered the Black Panther star in a tribute (via MTV Twitter), with the network also dedicating Sunday night’s VMA telecast to the late actor. The award show began with Palmer honoring the late actor.
“An actor whose talent and passion is a true inspiration to all the fans he touched, and everyone he encountered.” “We dedicate tonight’s show to a man whose spirit touched so many,” she continued. “He’s a true hero, not just on screen, but everything he did. His impact lives forever.”
Briefly into the broadcast, MTV played a full-on tribute to Chadwick … by replaying his acceptance speech at the 2018 VMAs when he won for Best Hero for his portrayal as the Black Panther. The opening title card to the clip read, “The World Needs More Superheroes” … and then it launched into Chadwick’s remarks.
At that point, he really paused for a minute to respect a genuine superhuman he needed to recognize … one James Shaw Jr., who halted a shooter at a Waffle House in Tennessee. The way that Chadwick shared the spotlight was very much respected and plainly not overlooked by the people at MTV.