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ESPY AwardsSandwiched in between the Running of the Bulls and the British Open is the sports extravaganza of the year known as ...the ESPY Awards.

As usual, major buzz about the "Oscars" of major athletic talent began in June when voting opened up online for all nominee categories at espn.com/espys. (See nominees below).

John Cena, 2016 Espy Awards host
WWE champ John Cena was
your host for the 2016 ESPYs.

Ballots are cast right up until awards night-- as millions of fans join in to pick their favorite athletes, sports teams, and the year's outstanding performances.

This year's "Oscars of Sports" aired live on ABC at 8PM ET on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Notable 2016 Espy nominees included Serena Williams who competed (and won!) her 8th Best Female Tennis Player award, while in the Best Male Athlete category, former nominees Stephen Curry and LeBron James were joined by two newcomers to the category, Cam Newton and Bryce Harper.

For Best NFL player, Cam Newton was paired against New England QB Tom Brady, Houston defensive end JJ Watt, Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown and Julio Jones of the Falcons.

Presenters on the big night included Chris Berman, Stephen Curry, Skylar Diggins, Lisa Leslie, David Oyelowo, Usher Raymond IV, Lindsey Vonn, Dwyane Wade and JJ Watt.

And, for the first time ever, THREE athletes were honored with the Icon Award. They included Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and Abby Wambach who were presented with the prestigious award by Justin Timberlake.

The Arthur Ashe award was presented to the family of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson, who heroically gave his life while shielding two young females from gunfire during a shooting in Knoxville, Tn.

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also give a special tribute in honor of the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali.

Just up ahead, learn more about the annual Espy Awards along with a complete list of winners at the 2016 Espys.



2016 ESPY Award Nominees & * WInners

BEST MALE ATHLETE
* LeBron James


Stephen Curry


Cam Newton


Bryce Harper


BEST FEMALE ATHLETE


* Breanna Stewart


Elena Delle Donne


Katie Ledecky


Simone Biles


BEST CHAMPIONSHIP PERFORMANCE


* LeBron James, NBA Finals


Von Miller, Super Bowl


Carli Lloyd, World Cup Final


Sidney Crosby, Stanley Cup Playoffs


BEST BREAKTHROUGH ATHLETE


* Jake Arrieta


Conor McGregor


Chloe Kim


Karl-Anthony Towns


BEST RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE


* Stephen Curry single season three-pointers made


Geno Auriemma most NCAA basketball titles in D1 history (11)


Christian McCaffery single season NCAAF all-purpose yards


BEST UPSET


* Holly Holm knocks out Ronda Rousey, UFC


Middle Tennessee over Michigan State, Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament


Roberta Vinci over Serena Williams, US Open


BEST GAME


* Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Finals Game 7


Villanova vs. North Carolina, Men's NCAA Basketball Final


Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers, NFL Divisional Round


BEST MOMENT (NOT TO BE VOTED ON)


Cleveland wins first title in over 50 years
BEST COMEBACK ATHLETE (NOT TO BE VOTED ON)


Eric Berry


BEST PLAY (16 NOMINEES VOTED BRACKET-STYLE)


* Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary vs. 16. Crazy 66-yard Ole Miss' TD


Kris Jenkins buzzer beater vs. 15. Connor McDavid goal


Michigan St punt block TD vs. 14. Stanford trick play w/ circus catch


LeBron Game 7 block vs. 13. Louis Oosthuizen hole-in-one off of ball


Steph Curry 38-foot game-winner vs. 12. Army softball player leaps over tag


Holly Holm knockout of Ronda Rousey vs. 11. Bartolo Colon first home run


Tiffany Howard HR robbery WCWS vs. 10. Josh Donaldson diving into stands


Jairo Samerio scores on scissor-kick ground vs. 9. Dele Alli juggling goal for Tottenham
BEST TEAM


* Cleveland Cavaliers


Pittsburgh Penguins


Kansas City Royals


Denver Broncos


Alabama Crimson Tide


UConn Huskies


Villanova Wildcats


BEST COACH/MANAGER


* Tyronn Lue, Cleveland Cavaliers


Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals


Geno Auriemma, UConn Huskies


Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats


Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide


BEST INTERNATIONAL ATHLETE


* Cristiano Ronaldo


Novak Djokovic


Lydia Ko


Luis Suarez


Canelo Alvarez


BEST NFL PLAYER


* Cam Newton


Tom Brady


JJ Watt


Antonio Brown


Julio Jones


BEST MLB PLAYER


* Bryce Harper


Josh Donaldson


Jake Arrieta


Mike Trout


Clayton Kershaw


BEST NHL PLAYER


* Sidney Crosby
Patrick Kane


Alex Ovechkin


Joe Pavelski


Braden Holtby


BEST DRIVER


* Kyle Busch


Lewis Hamilton


Erica Enders-Stevens


Scott Dixon


Alexander Rossi


BEST NBA PLAYER


* LeBron James


Stephen Curry


Kawhi Leonard


Kevin Durant


Russell Westbrook
BEST WNBA PLAYER


* Maya Moore


Elena Delle Donne


Angel McCoughtry


Tina Charles


DeWanna Bonner


BEST FIGHTER


* Conor McGregor


Gennady Golovkin


Canelo Alvarez


Robbie Lawler


Roman Gonzalez


BEST MALE GOLFER


* Jordan Spieth


Jason Day


Dustin Johnson


Danny Willett


BEST FEMALE GOLFER


* Lydia Ko


Inbee Park


Brooke Henderson


Ariya Jutanugarn


BEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER


* Novak Djokovic


Andy Murray


Roger Federer


BEST FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER


* Serena Williams


Angelique Kerber


Flavia Pennetta


Garbine Muguruza


BEST MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE


* Buddy Hield


Derrick Henry


Jordan Morris


Jarrion Lawson


Alex Dieringer


BEST FEMALE COLLEGE ATHLETE


* Breanna Stewart


Raquel Rodriguez


Samantha Bricio


Taylor Cummings


Sierra Romero


BEST MALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE


* Ryan Dungey


Gus Kenworthy


Nyjah Huston


Pedro Barros


Mark McMorris


BEST FEMALE ACTION SPORTS ATHLETE


* Jamie Anderson


Chloe Kim


Keala Kennelly


Carissa Moore


BEST JOCKEY


* Mario Gutierrez


Kent Desormeaux


Javier Castellano


Irad Ortiz Jr.


BEST MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY


* Richard Browne


Joe Berenyi


Aaron Fotheringham


Nikko Landeros


Brad Snyder


BEST FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY


* Tatyana McFadden


Heather Erickson


Oksana Masters


Bethany Hamilton


Shawn Morelli


BEST BOWLER


* Jason Belmonte


Jesper Svensson


Ryan Ciminelli


Anthony Simonsen


BEST MLS PLAYER


* Sebastian Giovinco


Kei Kamara


Laurent Ciman


Luis Robles


All about the Espys

Begun by cable sports channel ESPN in 1993, the annual ESPY Awards allows sports fans worldwide to join in an online vote for their favorites in such categories as Best Male Athlete, Best Female Athlete,Best Coach/Manager, and Team of the Year.

Unlike most awards shows, the ESPYs are probably most noted for its contribution to charity, as a portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, named for its founder, Jim Valvano.

The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is another ESPY highlight, honoring an individual for their personal courage or charitable works outside the sports arena, with past winners including such trailblazers as Muhammad Ali and tennis star Billie Jean King.

Around the Web, find out more about the awards ceremony with top sites featuring video highlights, photos and fun facts:

Espy Awards around the Web:

2016 ESPYS - The official site featuring the complete list of this year's nominees, online voting, an archive of video highlights and past winners.

ESPY Awards - Wikipedia entry with details on the awards' history, memorable moments, and lists of show hosts & major winners dating back to 1993.


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