Drake was pretty much all smiles during his stint hosting the ESPYs on Wednesday night — bringing his charisma and comedic talents to the gig in the form of a monologue, skits and songs.
But there was something that he did seem sensitive about during the award show: Macklemore’s Grammy win for Best Rap Album.
During his parody song “Honorable Mention,” where he poked fun at runners up from around the sports world, Drizzy referenced his fellow rapper’s Grammy win and its fallout from earlier this year.
“KD, I know you hear me, I know you understand me/ Real talent doesn’t always win championships, just like real music doesn’t always win Grammys/ But we’re okay/ Honorable mention works for me and you,” he sang, eliciting laughs from the star-filled crowd.
The message — like all great jokes — was delivered in jest but remained rooted in true feelings. It’s also open to interpretation whether it was a slight at Macklemore or merely Aubrey voicing his opinion that he should have been the one taking home the honor — though it was likely a bit of both.
Still, Drake’s willingness to joke about the situation shows he’s come around a bit since it first happened.
“That sh– was wack as f–k,” the rapper told Rolling Stone in February, particularly referencing the Seattle native’s decision to post an apology text he sent to Kendrick Lamar on Instagram.
“This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick,” he added. “Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your sh–.”
Luckily for us, Champagne Papi turned that pain into some great music. Seriously, the song is amazing. And besides, there’s always next year.
But for now, Drake will have to settle for an honorable mention. And they don’t have no award for that.