Drake attends the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas

Drake attends the NCAA Men’s Final Four Semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas

*Drake has announced he’s hosting this year’s ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual sports award show.

The Canadian rapper said on Twitter that he’s “honored” to host the event, which is taking place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will of course air on ESPN.

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In a statement from the network, Drake called the gig an “incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions — sports and performing.”

“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,” said Connor Schell, a vp at ESPN who oversees the ESPYs.

The Toronto native played hockey as a youth and in 2013 accepted the position of “global ambassador” for his hometown NBA team, the Toronto Raptors.