News

Rapper Drake to host ESPY Awards

Rapper Drake to host ESPY Awards

DRAKE:Drake attends the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Wednesday, April 9. Photo: Associated Press/Danny Moloshok

Sports-crazed rapper Drake has landed a new job as the host of the 2014 ESPY Awards.

The “Started from the Bottom” hitmaker, who serves as a global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors basketball team, will emcee the sports awards event on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Announcing the new gig on Twitter.com, the Canadian star writes, “Honored to be this year’s @ESPYS host @espn 7.16.2014…”

An ESPY representative adds, “Started from the bottom, now … @Drake’s HOSTING THE 2014 ESPYS! RT (re-tweet) if you’re excited to see him take the stage.”

Drake is not the first musician to moderate the awards show – Justin Timberlake served as a host in 2008 and Jamie Foxx presented in 2003 and 2004.

Recent Headlines

18 hours ago in Local

Chicago Officer Sues Estate of Teen He Shot, Claiming Trauma

wtax 011015

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.

18 hours ago in Local

New Commemorative Quarter Features Shawnee National Forest

shawnee quarter

A commemorative coin featuring a scene from the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has entered into circulation.

18 hours ago in Local

U of I Reports Record Number of Freshmen Applications

u of i urbana 2

University of Illinois officials say a record number of prospective freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the school's three campuses.

24 hours ago in Local

USO Says “Thank You” to National Guard

2-6-16 National Guard USO

The USO’s Illinois chapter wrapped up a week celebrating their 75th anniversary by thanking the people they serve – the troops.

2 days ago in Local

Court Upholds TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s 10-Year Sentence

wtax 011015

An appeals court in Chicago has upheld a 10-year prison term for best-selling author Kevin Trudeau.