April 25, 2017


Drake Hosting First-Ever NBA Awards

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Drake returned to his sparsely populated Twitter on Tuesday morning to let the world know he's hosting the first-ever NBA Awards on TNT. The event goes down Monday, June 26 in NYC at Pier 36's Basketball City. 

Drake's previous TV hosting gigs include Saturday Night Live (twice) and ESPN's ESPY Awards. Honors at the NBA Awards will include Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year. Fan-voted categories will be announced on Thursday. TNT's Inside the NBA team (Shaq, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith) will also be involved, as will celebrity presenters and musical performances.

Drizzy mentioned the NBA Awards in January, saying he's a producer and that the league is letting him "take the reins on it." Speaking on Cal Cast, he elaborated:

"Usually award shows sometimes are a bit restrictive but they let me do a lot at the ESPYs, so we'll expand on that concept. I love hosting, I love being in a room with iconic, legendary people that I look up to and having that pressure to make them laugh and enjoy their evening. Hopefully that will go well."

Watch an episode of our digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how the guy changed hip-hop and R&B radio culture: