Drake fans got a pleasant surprise when an unexpected guest joined the Canadian rap artist on stage for his North Stars concert last night.
On day one of OVO Fest, Drake kicked off his performance with fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado who hasn’t publicly been on stage since 2017.
In a hyped-up introduction, Drake called on the audience to sing as loud as they could for Furtado, who he said has been one of his biggest inspirations throughout his singing career.
“This right here took a lot… this next person’s music changed my life so much. I love her with all my heart so when she comes out here you better show her some f***ing love too,” Drake said.
Furtado then made her entrance while singing her iconic hit Promiscuous Girl, the crowd quickly joining in.
The Canadian pop star has produced some of the best hits of all time including maneater and Say It Rightwith many of her songs still holding a special place on nostalgia playlists.
But despite her success in the early 2000s, Furtado was quick to vanish from the spotlight in 2007 after having a breakdown on stage during her Loose tour.
“I was being a mum and a singer on the road. I was exhausted,” she told the Daily Mail during an interview in 2017.
“I took a break from music and went home and I realized that being at home and having the whole family experience was what I wanted.”
Furtado is now a mother of three children, aged 18, 4 and 3.
Aside from a few small albums and her independent album TheRide which she released under her own label in 2017, Furtado has stayed away from the spotlight.
But that all changed last night when she appeared at Drake’s concert.
Another hit which fans at last night’s concert obsessed over was I’m Like a Birdthe crowd belting out the song as Furtado and Drake performed a duet.
It even sent fans online into a frenzy, with avid Drake and Nelly Furtado lovers from around the world wishing they had been there.
“Drake and Nelly Furtado singing I’m like a bird together. This is Canadian history,” a fan said on Twitter.
“Would love to hear them sing on the radio together,” another user said.
“I really like these male rappers showing love and respect to artists who inspired them, even Travis Scorr brought back MI A on a song,” one fan commented.
“This was nice and heartwarming and I’m a fan of both… thanks Drake,” said another.