News: Drake Explains BET Awards No-Show, Dismisses Chris Brown Rumors

Monday, Jul 1, 2013 9:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Money's Drake has stepped forward to speak out after snatching three trophies from last night's 2013 BET Awards and killed the idea of Chris Brown motivating his noticeable no-show.

Along with thanking fans, BET and explaining his whereabouts, Drake also applauded his "Poetic Justice" sidekick Kendrick Lamar for winning a few awards.

"Thank you to BET and to the fans for voting! I'm home finishing the album and spending time w/ family before we begin our journey Sept 17.," Drake tweeted late June 30.
"Congrats to Kendrick as well! NWTS" (Drake's Twitter)

The Young Money star landed a handful of BET Awards trophies including the highly celebrated "Video of the Year."

Drake was a big winner at the BET Awards on Sunday night, taking home three trophies, including video of the year and viewers' choice for "Started From the Bottom." He also was featured on the winning song for best collaboration, A$AP Rocky's "F---in' Problems," also featuring 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar. Heading into the awards show, Drake led all nominees with 12 noms. (Hollywood Reporter)

Some media and gossip sites suggest Drake's rival Chris Brown may have influenced the rapper's decision to not come through this year.

A source tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that "the reason Drake isn't [at the BET Awards] is 100 percent all about Chris Brown." With Drake opting out of the BET Awards, it seems that both stars have acknowledged that their feud has gotten out of hand, and that it needs to die down. "Chris doesn't want to talk about Drake or anybody but himself, what he's doing and keeping it positive," a source close to the singer told HollywoodLife.com exclusively after Drake dissed Chris in GQ magazine. "He left that stuff in last year -- he's doing him and staying focused on the positive." (Hollywood Life)

Last weekend, the Toronto native announced his third solo album's release date and dropped a few new songs.

Drake pulled a Kanye and released new music in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Of the two songs revealed, "The Motion" is a mid-tempo, electro-tinged anti-love song featuring SBTRKT vocals Sampha. Meanwhile, on "Jodeci Freestyle", Drizzy teams with J. Cole for a forceful, braggadocios rant directed toward his competition. It's unclear if either track will appear on Drake's new album, Nothing Was The Same, but one thing we do know: As also announced this morning, the album will arrive on September 17th. (Consequence of Sound)

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