Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling recording artist Drake will host The ESPYS on July 16 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where he will be joined by top athletes and entertainers to celebrate the year's best moments in sports.
The announcement was made Wednesday. The ESPYS will be televised live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The event raises more than $1 million annually for The V Foundation, the charity founded by the late basketball coach Jim Valvano to promote cancer research.
In addition to Drake's numerous and notable accomplishments in music and beyond, he also is the global ambassador on the executive committee for his hometown Toronto Raptors.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions -- sports and performing," Drake said in a statement released by ESPN.
According to billboard.com, Drake has had 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart.