Kevin Hart honored at People's Choice Awards in 1st public appearance since car crash

The crowd at the E! People’s Choice Awards gave Hart a standing ovation as he took the stage to Kanye West’s “Stronger.”
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Kevin Hart made his first public appearance since being seriously injured in a car crash back in September.

The comedian was awarded the prize for best comedy act at the E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday night.

Hart was on hand to receive the award, and walked out to a standing ovation from the crowd.

"First and foremost, thank God because I definitely don't have to be here," he said. "Being that I am, it makes me appreciate life even more. It makes me appreciate the things that really matter. Family. I want to thank my wife and kids, who really stepped up to the plate for me."

Hart went on to thank his fans, saying they “have no idea” the impact they have on entertainers like him.

“It means the world and I truly want to thank you guys for being there for me in my difficult time,” he said.

Hart was greeted with a standing ovation and thanked his wife, children and fans. The accident, he said, "makes me appreciate the things that really matter."Emma McIntyre/E! Entertainment / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Back in September, the comedian suffered serious back injuries when his friend Jared Black drove Hart's 1970 Plymouth Barracuda off the road and into a ditch in Calabasas, California, the California Highway Patrol said.

Officials later determined Black was driving recklessly.

“You know, when God talks, you got to listen,” Hart said in an emotional video posted to Instagram in October. “And, I swear, life is funny because some of the craziest things that happen to you end up being the things that you needed most.

"In this case, I honestly feel like God basically told me to sit down. You know, you’re moving too fast, you’re doing too much, sometimes you can’t see the things that you’re meant to see. But after my accident, I see things differently.”

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The video went on to focus on Hart’s family and friends — including his wife, Eniko Parrish, and his children — as he continues to rehab.

“I see life from a whole new perspective and my appreciation for life is through the roof,” he said in the video. “So don’t take today for granted because tomorrow’s not promised. More importantly, I’m thankful for God. I’m thankful for life.”