Drake and Kendrick Lamar are tied for the most wins at the 2013 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards, held June 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre.
According to winner results posted July 1 at BET.com, the superstar Canuck rapper took home three awards for Video of the Year and Viewers' Choice for "Started From the Bottom," plus Best Collaboration with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar on Rocky's "F**kin' Problems;” while Lamar also won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best New Artist.
The show featured numerous live performances with highlights which included a tribute to the legendary Charlie Wilson and a duet between Lamar and Erykah Badu.
Drake, who was nominated for 12 awards and scheduled to appear at the event, canceled at the last minute to finish work on his upcoming album set to drop Sept. 17 and spend time with his family prior to his fall North American tour.
Posting to his Twitter account today, the 26-year-old Toronto native expressed his gratitude for the wins and revealed his reasons for not appearing, writing,
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.”
For a full list of winners and to view performances, check out BET.com.