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Drake announced via social media that he will be hosting this year's ESPY Awards. Drake tweeted out the news to his fans Wednesday evening.
— Drizzy (@Drake) April 9, 2014
Billboard reported that this year's ESPY Awards will be taking place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles on July 16th. The awards will also air live on ESPN.
Drake explained that he is excited to combine his two passions of entertainment and sports.
Following Drake breaking the news via Twitter, ESPN released a statement. Connor Schell, a VP at ESPN who oversees the ESPY Awards, explained that the network is honored to be working with Drake.
“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. This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions—sports and performing," said Schell.
Maura Mandt, executive producer for the show, echoed the thoughts of Schell. "Drake’s charisma, energy and fearlessness come across whether he’s performing music, acting or doing comedy. We are all in for an unforgettable program," said Mandt.