This past Sunday night, the 34-year-old rapper accepted the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards while the toddler stood by his side…in tears!
Adonis held onto Drake’s trophy as Drake started his acceptance speech — while also clinging to his father’s leg.
“I want to dedicate this award to my friends, I want to dedicate this award to my longtime collaborators,” he said. “I want to dedicate this award to all my peers, all your decisions, and the music you make really does have me tossing and turning at night trying to figure out what I should do next. Thank you to my beautiful family.”
Adonis then started crying as Drake finished his speech before the rapper picked him up and laughed. “I want to dedicate this award to you,” Drake finished.
Drake shares the 3-year-old with artist and former adult film star Sophie Brussaux.
Last year, Drake spoke with Lil Wayne on his choice to share his son with the world via Instagram on an episode of Young Money Radio with Lil Wayne on Apple Music. Drake revealed how posting photos of Adonis on social media was not an action that he had “talked to anybody about or anything I planned.”
“It was great for me. It was great to just share that with the world,” the artist said of his Instagram post that was shared at the end of March 2020. “I just woke up one morning and I was like, you know what? This is just something that I want to do.”
It was the first time Drake had ever revealed photos of his son, at the time. Previously he had posted a few photos of life as a parent, posting photos of his son’s artwork, Father’s Day gifts, and birthday party decorations, but never any photos of his son.
“I want to be able to go places with my son and share memories with my son,” Drake added at the time. “I don’t want to feel like just because of a life choice I made to be a ‘celebrity’ that I got to make everybody live under this blanket … I just wanted to free myself of that.”
Billboard’s Artist of the Decade award is based upon the “activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, from Dec. 5, 2009, through Sept. 28, 2019.”
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