Canadian Hip-hop star Drake has revealed that he’ll be hosting and producing the first NBA Awards show this year.
Speaking on Basketball Coach John Calipari’s “Cal Cast” podcast, the Grammy award winner said
“I’m actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA Awards this year. I get to take the reigns on it.
The ESPYs let me do great things, and I thank them a lot for that. Usually award shows sometimes are a bit restricted, but they let me do a lot at the ESPYs, so we’ll just expand on that concept.
I love hosting. I love being in a room full of iconic, legendary people that I look up to and having that pressure of having to make them laugh and enjoy their evening.”
The rapper, who is the Toronto Raptors global ambassador, also has experience as the MC of awards telecasts as he hosted the Juno Awards in 2011 and the ESPY Awards in 2015. Add that to his often publicized love for the NBA, and NBA reporter Doris Burke, and his relationship with so many players, the Toronto entertainer is likely the best fit.
We’ll just have to wait and see how well he does with full control over the event.
The first annual NBA Awards Show will take place on June 26, and will unveil the winners of the league’s top awards, including MVP, Most Improved Player, Rookie Of The Year, and more.