Drake Receives Hal David Starlight Songwriter's Hall of Fame Award

Drake was presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards Gala last night (June 16th), at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Drake, who is the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the award, was honored alongside other iconic musicians, including Chaka Khan, Garth Brooks, and Allen Toussaint.

Before being presented his award by producer and musician Jimmy Jam, Drake performed “The Calm,” from his So Far Gone mixtape, for the first time at an award show or event, and in honor of John Bettis.

Before presenting Drake with the Hal David Starlight Award, Jimmy Jam praised the rapper not only for his songwriting, but for his ability to blend both singing and rapping.

Drake arrived at the ceremony with his mother and he dedicated the award to her during his acceptance speech.

Drake later tweeted after receiving the award: "Just won the most incredible award and performed for my mother…a year ago today she was being wheeled into a surgery room…I love you.”

The Hal David Starlight Award is given to young gifted songwriters who are making significant impact in the music industry with their original songs.

The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame has stated that Drake is one of music’s brightest new stars lauded for his songwriting prowess, melodious hooks and emotionally transparent performances.