- Drake threw it back to his “Degrassi” days when he accepted one of many awards at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
- The rapper played Jimmy Brooks on the Canadian high school drama that aired in the noughties.
- In his acceptance speech for the Billboard best artist award, Drake thanked his mum for driving him to piano lessons, basketball, hockey, and “Degrassi.”
- Fans of the Canadian show went wild for the reference on Twitter.
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Drake collected 12 trophies on the night, bringing his all-time total to 27 – a record for the show’s wins by an artist.
While accepting the final award of the night for best artist, Drake took some time to thank his mum for everything she did for him in his younger years.
“I just want to thank my mum for her relentless effort in my life because just to win any award here is incredible but to win this award is unbelievable and surreal,” the rapper/singer said.
“I want to thank my mum for all the times you drove me to piano when I didn’t want to do piano, all the times you drove me to basketball and hockey – that clearly didn’t work out.”
The biggest cheer of the speech, however, came when he added: “All the times you drove me to ‘Degrassi.'”
Watch the speech below:
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 2, 2019
Before Drake was a rapper, he was Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” a Canadian high school drama that aired in the noughties.
Naturally, the “Degrassi” fans out there were overjoyed at the throwback.
“DRAKE MENTIONED DEGRASSI HE F—— MENTIONED DEGRASSI MY CHILDHOOD MY ENTIRE CHILDHOOD WHO ELSE IS CRYJFN RN,” one emotional fan tweeted.
— emily (@anglhobi) May 2, 2019
“Dont???? call ????yourself ????a true???? Drake ????fan???? if ????you???? didn’t???? know???? him ????as ????AUBREY GRAHAM ????in ????Degrassi ????????????,” tweeted another.
Drake finished his speech by saying: “No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride and now we’re all on one hell of a ride.”
His mum wasn’t the only one that got a mention that night.
“I gotta thank everybody that contributed to this project, it was a really lengthy album, so it’s a lot of people to mention,” he said while accepting the award for Billboard top 200 album, which he won for his 2018 album “Scorpion.”
“I need a glass of Champagne. And ay, shout out to Arya Stark for putting in that work last week.”
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