The Five Best Drake Moments At The ESPY Awards
From a Chris Brown cameo to a 'Frozen' cover, here are Drake's five best moments as host of the 2014 ESPY Awards
Started from the bottom and now Drake’s hosting the ESPYs.
Drake put his considerable charisma on display Wednesday night when he took to the stage to host the ESPYs, which aired on ESPN. In addition to being a rapper and well-known sports fan, Drake has a bit of a theater kid background, getting his start on the Canadian teen soap "Degrassi." He also previously hosted a well-received episode of "Saturday Night Live" earlier this year. Remember: Any guy who raps that he "celebrate[s] Hanukkah/ dated Rihannukah" is someone who's got potential to be a great awards host.
In the two-and-a-half hour show, Drake tried out jokes about LeBron James’ recent announcement, Lance Stephenson, Donald Sterling, and the United States' recent World Cup games. Unfortunately, while plenty of athletes were in the audience, U.S. soccer goalie/America's current sports crush wasn’t there. As Drake explained: "Tim Howard couldn’t be here tonight. Too busy getting laid by any woman he chooses."
In between tributes to athletes such as Peyton Manning and Michael Sam, Drake managed to shine -- and wring some big laughs from some very "Dad Joke"-esque humor. Below, check out five of Drake’s buzziest moments from the ESPYs.
1. It was rumored pre-show, and the Chris Brown chatter was accurate. In the first pre-taped bit of the evening, Drake and Blake Griffin pretended they had shot a movie together, and were arguing over the title: "Blake and Drake" or "Drake and Blake." The two traded winning jabs, but the best jokes came when the duo began to impersonate each other. The kicker? Griffin arranged for Chris Brown, of all people, to show up and pose as a doctor ready to operate on a helpless Drake. Yikes. In the same segment, Brown referred to himself as "America's Sweetheart," which is upsetting even if it was said in jest.
2. A cheeseball like Drake couldn't resist a few parody songs. He first debuted "Honorable Mention," an ode to the also-rans, with the best lyric going to Drake claiming,"Real talent doesn't always win championships, like real music doesn't always win Grammys," while a picture of Macklemore at the 2014 Grammys flashed on the screen behind him. Burn!
3. Other musical moments by Drake included the cringe-worthy "Side Pieces," about athletes' non-wives. Drake joked that there were many in the audience who wanted this particular song to be over with quickly. But before it wrapped up, Brian McKnight (!) dropped by to help Drake finish strong with some great harmonies.
4. Poor Skylar Diggins. Drake has made no secret of his crush on her, and apparently on stage at the ESPYs seemed as good a time as any to take things to the next level -- and by that we mean trying out a few aggressively bad rap lyrics that all ended with "Can I dig in?" She, of course, appeared on stage to surprise him. After Diggins got Drake to promise he'd cut out the crush if she gave him a kiss, she proceeded to -- on his forehead. Courtesy of producers, Drake, and the audience, saw literal sparks.
5. It was a night of Drake trying out different characters. And perhaps one of the most memorable was Drake portraying Manny Pacquiao. This time, "Pacquaio" was in the studio, trying to put his own spin on "Frozen's" ubiquitious hit, "Let It Go." Was this whole skit just an excuse for Drake to let the world see that he, too, finds it empowering to sing "The cold never bothered me anyway"?
For a guy who began his career as Jimmy, we wouldn't be surprised.