Drake Hosts The 2014 ESPY Awards, Hip Hop Represented Throughout
The 2014 ESPYs featured numerous elements of Hip Hop including Iggy Azalea, Macklemore and more as Drake hosted the event.
The 2014 ESPYs were full of memorable moments. Held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, this year's edition featured Drake as the host, something the Toronto native previously said was a "dream come true."
The following is a recap of The ESPYs most memorable Hip Hop moments:
Drake opened the show with a joke about his famous allegiance to teams and players who win championships.
At 9:16 pm EST, Drake recreated former Pacers forward Lance Stephenson's infamous ear-blowing of LeBron James by blowing on Lance Stephenson's ear. The two then recreated it again by blowing on his former teammate Paul George's ear.
At 9:30 pm, Chris Brown and Clippers forward Blake Griffin are seen in a skit with Drake as it was recently announced that Brown and Drake recently squashed the beef the two had long had. The skit was called "Drake vs. Blake" and depicted a rivalry between Drake and Griffin. It had previously been reported that the two would be involved in a skit together.
At just after 10 pm, Drake performed a song created for the event called "Honorable Mention" where he poked fun at those who are well-known in the sports world but haven't won a championship. He mentioned Macklemore in the song, exclaiming, "Real talent doesn't always win championships, like real music doesn't always win Grammys," in reference to Macklemore's Grammy wins.
Brian McKnight later joined Drake on stage and accompanied him for a song he called "Side Pieces." After McKnight left the stage, Drake performed a version of his song "Worst Behavior" called "#SterlingNeverLovedUs." The song remixed an interview Clippers owner Donald Sterling did with Anderson Cooper on CNN.
At just before 10:40 pm, Drake was featured in a skit where he dressed up as boxer Manny Pacquiao and tried to record a hit single as Pacquiao.
Before the official awards ceremony started, at around 8:35 pm, Iggy Azalea performed her hit single "Fancy" outside in front of the red carpet and fans. She was accompanied by background singers. Not coincidentally an interview with her boyfriend, Lakers shooting guard Nick Young followed the performance.
Check out some video clips of what happened last night below:
Below is the full list of winners at the ESPYs announced on television:
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Nyjah Huston
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Jamie Anderson
Best Male U.S. Olympic Athlete: Sage Kotsenburg
Best Female College Athlete: Breanna Stewart
Best NBA Player: Kevin Durant
Best Female Tennis Player: Maria Sharapova
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Richard Sherman
Pat Tillman Award For Service: Josh Sweeney
Best Moment: USA vs. Ghana
Best Game: Iron Bowl (Auburn vs. Alabama)
Best Play: Chris Davis
Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay
Best Upset: Mercer over Duke in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Best Record-Breaking Performance: Peyton Manning
Arthur Ash Award For Courage: Michael Sam
Best Comeback Athlete: Russell Westbrook
Best Male Athlete: Kevin Durant
Best Team: Seattle Seahawks
The ESPY awards raises more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, a charitable organization created to promote cancer research. The V Foundation was founded by Jim Valvano, a basketball coach who passed away from cancer in 1993.