He celebrated his mentor with a heartfelt and hilarious speech.
/02.03.2023 Drake has avoided the Grammys, but he made an exception for his friend Lil Wayne. The Rich Flex rapper appeared in a pre-taped video segment during the Black Music Collective pre-Grammy event on Thursday where Weezy was honored with the Global Impact Award. Good evening, Grammys. Well, I havent gotten to say that since 2016, Drake said while acknowledging his last appearance at the Grammys seven years ago. My name is Drake and Im here tonight on behalf of the Black Music Collective, he said before pulling down his glasses and winking at the camera. To present the Global Impact Award to Ed Sheeran. Drake made a video for Lil Wayne during the BMC event with the #Grammys February 3, 2023 Someone then whispered in his ear, informing him that Lil Wayne was the actual recipient. Lil Wayne, makes sense Thats a lot better, by the way, he said. He went on to give Weezy his flowers. I love you so much and I dont want to make this personal because the Global Impact Award would be about how you affected everybody, not just me, he continued. I know Id probably get annoyed with saying how much you mean to me and my family, but I speak on behalf of everybody when I say that our careers, our cadences, our melodies, maybe our face tats or our outfits or our decisions in general would not have been the same without your natural gift to just be yourself. He ended by throwing more shade at the Grammys. Just know that theres only one Lil Wayne and thats why hes receiving the Global Impact Award from the Black Music Collective at the Grammys, he said, winking once again. Drake has had a contentious relationship with the Grammys. After receiving nominations for Certified Lover Boy and Way 2 Sexy in 2021, he withdrew both his nods. He continued the boycott by withholding his eligible album Honestly, Nevermind from 2023 consideration. DJ Khaled presented the Global Impact Award to a humbled Wayne. I dont get honored, said the Young Money icon. Where Im from, New Orleans Youre not supposed to do this. Lil Wayne accepts his Global Impact Award at the Grammys Black Music Collective celebration