Drake Is Living Life Right Now: A VMA Cheat Sheet

The Toronto MC exceeded the hype, working his relentless grind from mixtape acclaim to chart-topping fame in an unforgettable year.

Wack rappers, your worst fears have been realized: [artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] is on top and he's not letting up.

This time last year, the [article id="1647387"]VMA-nominated Canadian juggernaut[/article] known as Drizzy was topping the charts and basking in the glow generated by a string of highly touted guest appearances and his certified-instant-classic [article id="1628157"]mixtape So Far Gone.[/article]

As '09 drew to a close, [article id="1641645"]love for Drake from fans[/article] only intensified. The 23-year-old repped for his family on the We Are Young Money album, while verses on [article id="1630061"]Timbaland's "Say Something,"[/article] and his own "Forever" — let's not even get started again about the power-packed lineup on that record — carried him from 2009 to 2010, when he opened the year with two [article id="1630906"]Grammy nominations and joined Lil Wayne, Eminem and Travis Barker [/article] for an awards show performance.

This spring, [article id="1642131"]Drake squashed whatever reservations[/article] remained about him being able to [article id="1641551"]live up to his hype[/article]. The lyrical slugfest [article id="1638143"]"Over" was released as a single[/article], and Driz embarked on his headlining [article id="1639613"]Away From Home Tour[/article].

As the tour finally wrapped, Drake upped the ante with yet another scorching single (and his [article id="1638919"]most lauded video[/article]) in [article id="1638858"]"Find Your Love."[/article]

In June, Drake's nonstop grind — it kicked into overdrive with the February '09 release of So Far Gone — was richly rewarded: His [article id="1641922"]debut LP, Thank Me Later, dropped[/article] and [article id="1642152"]went to #1 in its first week[/article].

And Drake is still on his steamroller flow. [article id="1644054"]"Fancy," with Swizz Beatz and T.I.[/article]; [article id="1646137"]"Miss Me," with Lil Wayne[/article]; and "Up All Night," featuring Nicki Minaj, are all bullying the airwaves. The winning cameos haven't stopped either: We refer you to [article id="1644009"]Rick Ross' "Aston Martin Music"[/article] and [article id="1647356"]Trey Songz's brand-spanking-new "Unusual."[/article]

If all of that wasn't proof enough that the Toronto MC is well on his way to cementing his superstar status, [article id="1647120"]Drake turned up in Detroit[/article] just last week and drove home the point by joining Eminem onstage at the first of two Comerica Park [article id="1642338"]Home and Home Tour dates[/article]. The day after the VMAs, he'll be at [article id="1646912"]Yankee Stadium when Slim Shady's co-headliner, Jay-Z[/article], resumes the concerts in his own hometown.

As the hours tick down to the 2010 VMAs on Sunday, [article id="1645613"]Drake not only has a coveted performance slot[/article], but he's also up for a bevy of awards, including [article id="1647387"]Best Hip-Hop Video[/article].

And that brings us full circle to what we said about Drizzy never letting up. Drake's currently working on a new album and an [article id="1645032"]R&B mixtape[/article] and he'll headline another [article id="1645309"]tour, this time with the Clipse[/article], this fall.

The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. The party starts with MTV News' VMA Pre-Show at 8 p.m., followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET.