Drake Gives Toronto A Shoutout At The American Music Awards

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For someone who wears his hometown on his sleeve and is known for renaming Toronto 'The Six,' Drake isn't afraid to give the city a little more attention on the world entertainment stage.

The artist, who won an American Music Award Sunday night for favourite hip-hop album for "Views," made the mention while clutching his award.

"Thank you very much. Me and Nina were on 'Degrassi' together by the way," he said to actress Nina Dobrev, who presented him the trophy.

"I really want to thank everybody who helped me make this album ... I want to thank the city of Toronto, and of course I want to thank the fans and my parents. My dad's here tonight."

"Views," of course, features the CN Tower as the album art.

Along with Drake's work as a Toronto Raptors ambassador, the artist often references the city in his songs. Along with Drake, other Canadians are nominated for an AMA, including Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

Of course, the city's mayor John Tory was quick to respond.

Drake, who was the leading nominee, won favourite album - rap/hip-hop for "Views.'' He was nominated twice in the category.

While Drake was the most-nominated act, he was not up for the top prize — artist of the year — which was won by Ariana Grande. She beat out other nominees including Bieber, Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood. Artist of the year originally included 10 nominees, among them Drake, Beyonce and Adele, but it was later whittled to five acts by fan voting.

See the other AMA winners.

With files from AP/CP

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