Drake to host ESPN's ESPY awards in July
Drake greets Kentucky fans during halftime of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin on April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP/David J. Phillip)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:15PM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Drake is carving out a new niche as a television host and will helm the 2014 ESPYs, the sports award show of ESPN.
The Toronto-based rapper, singer and actor and the sports entertainment network announced the gig Wednesday. The annual light-hearted awards show will be held July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live.
Drake's used to the live TV thing. He turned in a strong performance as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in January. And he hosted the 2011 Juno Awards in Canada.
The 27-year-old also has ties to the sports world. He's affiliated with the NBA's Toronto Raptors and memorably played a teen basketball player on "Degrassi: The Next Generation" before picking up the mic.