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Drake big winner at Woodie Awards

Drake wins 2014 Woodie of the Year
Drake wins 2014 Woodie of the YearTheo Wargo/Getty

Drake earned top honours at the the 2014 mtvU Woodie Awards, held March 13 at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

According to a news release posted March 13 at, the superstar Canuck rapper won Woodie of the Year, given to music's top emerging artist who "completely owned the past 12 months."

Unable to attend due to touring commitments, Lil Wayne, who announced his retirement after his upcoming 11th solo album, made a surprise appearance on Drizzy's behalf to accept the award.

Other winners included Brit band The 1975 for best new artist Breaking Woodie, while Chance The Rapper took Best Video and Beyonce earned the new "Did It My Way" Woodie.

The taped event will air at 8 p.m. EDT Sun., March 16 on MTV.

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Drake recently announced Outkast as co-headliners at his 5th annual OVO Festival, scheduled for Aug. 5 at Toronto's Molson's Amphitheater and will continue the U.K. leg of his Would You Like a Tour March 14 in Sheffield, United Kingdom at Motorpoint Arena.

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Did you know? Drizzy's hugely successful third studio album "Take Care" debuted at No. 1 in Canada and the U.S. and has spawned six successful singles.