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Drake hosting 2014 ESPY Awards

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As if there weren’t enough reasons to watch the 22nd annual ESPY’s already, rapper Drake will emcee the sports award show on July 16th in Los Angeles.

The news was released via the rapper’s Twitter. But the Grammy-winning, powerful rhyme-spitting artist is no stranger to sports. Drake signed on with the NBA team Toronto Raptors as their “Global Ambassador.” He helped launch a Raptors clothing line, consulted on a redesign of the team’s appearance, as well as doing 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.”

If you missed getting sucked into the rapper’s charm and true broadcasting talent when he hosted Saturday Night Live in January, this is the second opportunity to see him grace the stage. According to TMZ, the rapper was “extremely passionate” about hosting the ESPY’s and used his SNL hosting gig as ammunition to get the sports award show job.

Connor Schell, vice president, 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 Stones stated, “Drake’s pretty much already the greatest ESPY host of all time.”

Ticket prices start at $75 and go all the way to $3500. A dollar of each ticket will go towards the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

As a side note, we’re pretty sure Rihanna will be in attendance in all her shameless glamour. In fact, Olympic hurdler, Lolo Jones took to Twitter to write a shady tweet to the Bajan pop star.

"It's amazing that Drake is hosting the @Espys but it's gonna be tough for him to hand out all those awards to Rihanna's ex boyfriends," she tweeted.

Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend Matt Kemp might be in attendance that night, as well.

You can be a part of the night that honors ‘Exellence in Sports Performance Yearly’ by tuning in at 9 p.m. Eastern time.



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