Although Drake’s Certified Lover Boy dropped September 3, the Toronto rapper’s sixth studio album has already received high praise as it continues to fastly climb the charts.
The success of CLB means a big award season for October’s very own, including the potential to add on to his 20 wins at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Drake’s been nominated every year since his debut in 2010, eliciting many iconic moments, like when he accrued an eye-popping 14 nominations in 2016.
With the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards coming up, here’s a look at what the top BET Hip Hop Awards moments were for the multi platinum-selling rapper.
Rookie of The Year, 2009
If you remember, the smash singles, “Best I Ever Had” and “Successful,” off of his legendary So Far Gone mixtape, were inescapable. He hasn’t looked back since.
Best Hip Hop Artist, 2010
The following year Drake won MVP of the Year at the 2010 ceremony for his debut album, Thank Me Later, with features from Lil Wayne, Jay Z and the break-out single, “Find Your Love”.
In the footage, you can see how young Drake looks as he also accepts best Best Group alongside Young Money.
Viewers Choice, 2013
The BET Hip Hop Awards’ Coca-Cola Viewers Choice is one of the many ways the ceremony recognizes who has had the most impact on the culture. Drake has claimed two honors over the years. His first win was in 2013 for “Started From The Bottom,” and his 2015 win was for the collaboration “Only.” Will Drizzy come closer to his mentor Lil Wayne’s all-time high four Viewers Choice wins at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards?
Best Hip Hop Video in 2014
Drake winning Best Hip Hop Video in 2014 for “Worst Behavior” speaks to how versatile he is as an artist. His greatness is top to bottom — from behind the mic to the vision of the video.
He’s won the award four times in total (“HYFR” in 2012, “Started From the Bottom” in 2013 and “Hotline Bling” in 2016) but going up against and taking down Future, Iggy Azalea, J. Cole, and a red hot Wiz Khalifa in 2014, takes the cake.
Winning Without An Album, 2020
Drake’s top moment at the BET Hip Hop Awards would have to be when he won Best Hip Hop Video in 2020 without releasing a studio album.
The win was accredited to Drake’s “Life Is Good” record with Future, which managed to go viral on TikTok.
The Canadian rapper did drop a mixtape — Dark Lane Demo Tapes — that year but the tracks hardly had the preparation a Drake studio record would receive. Still, Drake walked away with six solo total nominations, including Hip Hop Artist of The Year, Best Hip Hop Video (“Toosie Slide”) and Lyricist of The Year to name a few.