By Robyn Collins
Chance the Rapper honored late boxing champion Muhammad Ali last night (July 13) at the ESPY Awards with an emotional ballad that featured a gospel choir and quotes from the self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time): “Ain’t nowhere greater/ Ain’t nowhere brighter/ Ain’t nowhere better/ Ain’t no one prettier/ Ain’t no one wiser/ Ain’t no one better,” he sang. “I was a rock ‘n’ roller back in my day, but now I’m just a rock.”
“This gentlemen has a great responsibility tonight,” ESPYs host John Cena tweeted earlier. “Expect great things from @chancetherapper this evening @ESPYS.”
The boxing legend died last month at age 74 following a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Chance also warmed up with a quick dance alongside Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, referencing a 2009 viral clip of Jones’ Good Ass BBQ & Foot Massage commercial. “Besides praying this is the best way to prep for a big moment #ESPYS cc: @StephenCurry30,” he tweeted.
Justin Timberlake returned to the ESPYS stage to present Abby Wambach, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant with an ICON award. It was the first time in the awards show’s history that three recipients received the award.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant rounded out the acceptance speeches saying, “It’s amazing to be standing here alongside Abby and Peyton. Abby decided to retire after a compelling World Cup victory. Manning hung up his cleats after an impressive Super Bowl win.” He even poked fun at his last season, joking, “For me, I tend to do things a little differently. I felt an impressive 17-for-65 season would be a bold statement to wrap up my 20-year career.”
John Cena (@JohnCena) July 13, 2016
Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) July 14, 2016