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Drake set to host the 2014 ESPY Awards

Drake at the NBA All Star Game
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As if there weren’t already enough reasons to watch the 22nd annual ESPYs, rapper Drake will be hosting the sports award show on July 16th in Los Angeles.

The news was released via Drizzy's Twitter. The Grammy-winning, powerful rhyme-spitting artist is no stranger to sports--he recently signed on with the NBA's Toronto Raptors as their Global Ambassador; he helped launch a Raptors clothing line; consulted on a redesign of the team’s appearance; and appeared in a commercial for the team.

In a recent statement, Drake said:

This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions -- sports and performing.”

According to TMZ, the rapper was “extremely passionate” about hosting the ESPYs and used his SNL hosting gig as ammunition to get the sports' award show job.

Connor Schell, vice president of the ESPN Films and Original Entertainment, stated:

Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports. We are thrilled to have him to host this year’s show.”

Even Rolling Stone stated, “Drake’s pretty much already the greatest ESPY host of all time.”

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