Drake to host ESPYS

April, 11, 2014
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Circle July 16, 2014 on your calendar: That's when multi-platinum rap artist Drake will host the ESPY Awards.

The Grammy-winning rapper will be front and center at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater, entertaining guests, introducing presenters and doing other award show host things that award show hosts do as top athletes and entertainers celebrate the year's best moments in sports and raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Drake is a natural pick for the job, given his interest in sports:

He's a global ambassador for the NBA's Toronto Raptors, his home-town team.

Drake Ron Turenne/NBAE/Getty ImagesBeing the Raptors' global ambassador comes with perks, like hanging out with coworkers at games.


He performed at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa in 2012.

Drake Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesAs a native Canadian, Drake is in tune with the national sport.


He befriended and hung out with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel last summer.

AP Photo/David J. PhillipDrake mentored Johnny Football when controversy was swirling around the Heisman winner.


And who was that in Kentucky's locker room at the Final Four after the Wildcats beat Wisconsin? If you said "Drake," you're catching on.

DrakeAP Photo/David J. PhillipBig Blue Nation appreciated Drake's support at the Final Four.

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