DRAKE WILL host the first-ever NBA Awards in New York City on June 26.
The NBA’s official annual award show will honour all of the league’s top performers on one night, including Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
Drake, a basketball enthusiast and platinum-selling recording artist and entertainer, previously leaked he would serve as the host and producer of the awards show in a January appearance on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s podcast.
“I’m actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA Awards this year. I get to take the reigns on it,” the 30-year-old ambassador for the Toronto Raptors said in the interview. “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.”
Announcing the news, the NBA said: “Last name ever, first name greatest” @Drake will host the #NBAAwards live from NYC, June 26th…”
The NBA, which previously handed out its awards in the postseason, announced its first awards show in November.