February 13, 2016


Win Butler Wins MVP for Drake's Team Canada at NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images
Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images

Arcade Fire mastermind Win Butler has taken home a crucial trophy—and no, not a GRAMMY Award. The musician was crowned MVP of the Celebrity Game during the Friday (Feb. 12) kick-off of NBA All-Star Weekend, representing Team Canada, coached by Toronto native Drake.  

Butler's Canadians squared off against Team USA, coached by actor-comedian Kevin Hart. The MVP dropped 15 points and snatched 14 rebounds—a solid stat line for the alt-rock veteran/ 6' 4" forward, who, as we all know, takes his hoops very seriously. This is Canada's second victory in a row. 

As Pitchfork reports, Butler continued his domination even off the court, delivering an award speech that touched on the American election season and healthcare system—before being awkwardly, abruptly cut off by an interviewer. 

Butler said:

"I've lived in the great city of Montreal for 15 years. I represented Montreal. If you guys want to fast track my Canadian citizenship, hopefully, this'll help my permanent residence. I just want to say that I'm retiring as a celebrity right now, so I will not be eligible for the celebrity game next year. I'm retiring as a celebrity, so I brought this home for Canada. Respect to Drake, respect to Team Canada. Alright. I just wanna say it's an election year in the U.S., and the U.S. has a lot it can learn from Canada—healthcare, taking care of people."

After the game, Butler posted Instagram photos of himself posing with his famous coach, the trophy and his "trainer," director Spike Jonze.