Drake’s “Views” won favorite rap/hip-hop album at the 2016 American Music Awards Sunday night, but his acceptance speech referenced a part of his career some fans might forget: his days on “Degrassi.” Former “The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev presented his award with Julianne Hough, and the rapper didn’t pass up the opportunity to acknowledge their shared past.
“Me and Nina were on ‘Degrassi’ together, by the way,” Drake said at the podium at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. “We’ve come a long way, you know? Congratulations on all your success.”
Drake, who was credited on the teen drama as Aubrey Graham, was on the show from 2001-2009. He portrayed Jimmy, a student who became wheelchair bound after getting shot. Dobrev, meanwhile, played teen mom Mia from 2006-2009.
The rapper went on to thank the city of Toronto, which is his hometown and also where he and Dobrev filmed “Degrassi.”
While Drake is winning awards for his music, Dobrev has moved on to the film world. She is currently promoting “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage,” which hits theaters Jan. 20.
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