Chadwick Boseman was posthumously honored with the Actor Tribute Award at the 2021 Gotham Awards, and his wife, Taylor, gave an emotional acceptance speech on behalf of the late actor.
The world may have lost "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman at the height of his career, but his legacy lives on in his outstanding performances throughout his career.
At the Gotham Awards, which took place virtually on January 12, the late actor was recognized for his performance in his last film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."
Chadwick Boseman at the 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.| Source: Getty Images
Boseman's wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, held back tears as she accepted the award on his behalf with an emotional tribute of her own.
In the video, Ledward, wearing a pink blazer and gold chain, remembered Boseman for his talent and the impact he made during his 43 years.
"It is my honor to receive this award on behalf of my husband, an acknowledgment not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and the world."
Ledward saw first-hand Boseman's incredible character and his dedication to his craft as she stood by him and supported him during his last days.
Denzel Washington, who produced the film, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," noted how Ledward took care of the actor on set even before they married.
When Boseman's family announced his death, it was revealed that the pair had secretly tied the knot.
Boseman and Ledward, a trained singer and graduate, kept their relationship mostly private and secretly got engaged in October 2019, a few months after filming the blues drama.
The couple was first spotted together in 2015, and over the course of their five-year relationship, Ledward and the "Get On Up" actor were photographed together at award shows and basketball games.
Chadwick Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward's last public appearance together at the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.|Source: Getty Images
The couple's last public appearance was at an All-Star basketball game in February 2020. When Boseman's family announced his death, it was revealed that the pair had secretly tied the knot.
The heartbreaking announcement also revealed the shocking news that Boseman had been battling stage III colon cancer since his diagnosis in 2016.