It was a family affair at the Billboard Music Awards.
Not long after Pink was joined by her 9-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, for a high-flying performance, Drake brought out his young son while accepting the Artist of the Decade award on Sunday night.
Adonis Graham, 3, was dressed in a red flannel shirt and stayed close to his dad as they walked onto an outdoor stage at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The “Nice for What” rapper handed his son the BBMAs trophy, which Adonis held tightly as he hugged his dad’s leg.
“I’m really self conscious about my music,” Drake said in his speech. “Even if I do a good job, I always wonder how I could have done it better. I rarely celebrate anything.”
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Drake said uncertainty and drive are keys to success in his Billboard Music Awards speech. (Photo: NBC, NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
“I know that I’ve spent an incalculable amount of hours trying to analyze all the things I did wrong,” he continued. “But tonight, for once, I’m sure as hell we did something right.”
Drake accepts the Artist of the Decade award as he holds his son, Adonis Graham, at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
He proceeded to dedicate the award to his friends, collaborators and “beautiful family,” ending the speech by picking up Adonis and raising him to the microphone. Seemingly overwhelmed, Adonis started crying, and Drake held his hand as they left the stage together.
Drake first shared photos of Adonis on Instagram last March at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in the U.S., writing in a caption that he “can’t wait for the joyful day” when he’s able to reunite with his family.
He posted another picture last November of him sleeping next to Adonis, captioned with an emoji of crossed fingers.
In fall 2018, Drake opened up about co-parenting with Adonis’ mother, former model/painter Sophie Brussaux, in an episode of LeBron James’ talk show “The Shop.”
Drake kisses his son, Adonis Graham. (Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
“I am a single father learning to communicate with a woman who, we’ve had our moments,” Drake said at the time. “I do want to be able to explain to my son what happened. But I don’t have any desire for him to not love his mother. I don’t ever want the world to be angry at his mother. We have found ourselves in a situation and we are both equally responsible. Now, I’m just really excited to be a great father.
“No matter what happens, I have unconditional love for the mother of my child,” he added. “I want him to love his mother and I have to project that energy.”
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