The Canadian rapper, 34, won the award for artist of the decade at the ceremony and was joined on stage by his friends, family and his young son Adonis, who clutched to his father during his poignant acceptance speech.
While a video highlighting his career played in the background, Drake spoke about what it took to become an artist with nine number one albums in the US and six number one singles since 2010, but admitted that he did not himself understand the recipe for success.
He said: “I’m really bad at taking compliments. I’m really self-conscious about my music and even if I do a good job I always wonder how I could have done it better.
“I rarely celebrate anything and, um, just for anyone watching this wondering how this happened... that’s really the answer – it’s being so unsure of how you’re getting it done that you kind of just keep going in the hopes of figuring out the formula.
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