We couldn’t think of a better recipient for this year’s People’s Champion Award than Tyler Perry. On Sunday, Tiffany Haddish presented the award to the 51-year-old actor, writer, producer, director and philanthropist at the People’s Choice Awards. In his speech, he took a moment to share a touching anecdote before saying, “I gave up when I was homeless, when I slept in my car, when I was hungry, I gave up on these people, the you on the screen right now would not be part of my dream. There are people who are connected to your dream and your destiny and you are worthy of your goal. Keep digging, don’t stop. Make sure that people you meet your worth. “
Last year, he kept all of his employees at Tyler Perry Studios on the payroll during the pandemic, and supported several charities along with the families of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and Secoriea Turner. E! announced that Tyler will receive the People’s Champion Award in October, recognizing him for his pioneering work in the entertainment industry, dedication to philanthropy, and the progress and empathy he has inspired in others. “In a year of turmoil and uncertainty, Tyler Perry has proven to be a natural leader,” a statement said. “From his pioneering work in successfully and safely resuming production and creating jobs at Tyler Perry Studios, to personally helping charities and families in need, he is continually inspiring hope in people. We are honored to be the People’s Champion of 2020 Award. “You can see Tyler’s acceptance speech above.