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On Saturday night, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson won the NAACP award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2016, Johnson solidified himself as a viral sensation through his active social media accounts, appeared in several major films and starred in his own HBO series.


After the ceremony, Johnson took to Instagram to express his gratitude.

“This one’s very special,” Johnson said of the award.

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“Thank you NAACP and fans for this incredible honor. Thank you to all my peers in the room last night from all walks of life who I have so much luv and respect for.”

Johnson later gave thanks to his father and his grandfather, two men who taught him “one of life’s greatest lessons.”

“My dad, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson and my grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. Two very proud men of color, who came up from having nothing but, broke color barriers and a blazed a path for me and so many others,” Johnson wrote.

“The lesson they taught me, was when times get tough, hold onto faith and always be willing to put in the very hard work with my own two hands. This one’s for them and all those before us who’s shoulders we proudly and gratefully stand on.”

Bringin' it home. This one's very special.. Thank you NAACP and fans for this incredible honor. Thank you to all my peers in the room last night from all walks of life who I have so much luv and respect for. I was honored to dedicate this award to the two men who taught me one of life's greatest lessons that I carry with me every day. My dad, Rocky "Soulman" Johnson and my grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia. Two very proud men of color, who came up from having nothing but, broke color barriers and a blazed a path for me and so many others. The lesson they taught me, was when times get tough, hold onto faith and always be willing to put in the very hard work with my own two hands. This one's for them and all those before us who's shoulders we proudly and gratefully stand on. #NAACPAwards #EntertainerOfTheYear

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson celebrates a career of hard work after his latest award (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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